Soundgarden And Vicky Cornell Reach Temporary Agreement Regarding The Band’s Social Media Accounts

As previously reported, Soundgarden recently filed a motion in an effort to get Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell to hand over control of their social media accounts and official website. Now, it has been confirmed that both parties have reached a temporary agreement to transfer the accounts to the surviving members of the group, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Ben Shepherd, as well as their managers Red Light Management.

The following statement was issued:

“Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell, the personal representative of the Estate of Christopher Cornell, are pleased to announce that, effective June 15, 2021, they have come to a temporary agreement that will transfer the Soundgarden social media accounts and website to the band’s remaining members, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Ben Shepherd and their managers, Red Light Management. This includes Soundgarden’s website [https://www.soundgardenworld.com], Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/Soundgarden], Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/soundgarden/], and Twitter [https://twitter.com/soundgarden]. The agreement marks a productive first step towards healing and open dialogue, and the parties wish for the social media accounts to celebrate the Band’s accomplishments and music while continuing to honor Chris’ legacy.”

Soundgarden also issued a separate statement:

“Hey Soundgarden friends, fans and family!

Our site is intended to celebrate the music, achievements, career and legacy of the band along with news and information about any current and future plans, including relevant solo work. We encourage our fans to share their comments, praise and criticism, but we do expect these to be appropriate, courteous and respectful to each other and to the band.

We are super stoked to have our socials return to discussions and posts about being in a fucking great ROCK BAND!! Remember the guitars, drums, vocals and volume?!!! No more comments about wives, children, exes, significant others, siblings, parents, great aunts, 2nd cousins, etc. of any of the current of former band members… get it?!!

It should go without saying, to the adults in the room, that there won’t be any threats, bullying or mocking of any kind, directed at anyone. Furthermore, don’t post discussions or inane conspiracy theories casting blame for harm to Chris Cornell. If anybody’s comments are inappropriate in these ways, they will be removed.

If anybody’s comments are threatening, bullying or abuse, OR if we have to remove more than one of anybody’s comments, they will lose the opportunity to continue commenting on our site. We admire the character and caliber of all the fans who’ve supported and grown with us over the years, geez…decades!!

Keep us proud! Peace and love to our brothers and sisters!!

XO Soundgrden“

Soundgarden previously claimed that their former management company Patriot Management were in control of the login information for their accounts until the company was terminated in October 2019. After that, all the information was handed over to Vicky, who was allegedly “holding [it] hostage.” The band also claimed that Vicky acted as “Soundgarden” on social media and let all of their accounts fall into “a state of neglect.” However, at the time, Vicky’s lawyer Marty Singer issued a statement saying “Ms. Cornell has overseen these accounts for close to a decade” and “the fact that Soundgarden is unaware of the user-names and passwords for their alleged “own” accounts confirms their utter lack of involvement in creating, growing and maintaining their alleged accounts.”

Soundgarden filed the motion regarding the social media accounts after a judge recommended the court to dismiss two of the previous claims that Vicky filed against Soundgarden. Those included her claim that the band were withholding “hundreds of thousands of dollars” worth of royalties and her claim that the group’s business manager Rit Venerus breached his duty to look after her best interests. The final decision will now be made by presiding judge Robert S. Lasnik.

As previously reported, Vicky initially filed a lawsuit against the band in December 2019 over royalties and the rights to seven unreleased tracks. That suit said that the group had been withholding money in an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings” that Vicky claimed Chris wrote alone while living in Florida. She also said that she offered to share the tracks with the band if they respected Chris’ wishes by releasing them in a certain way and having his producer involved, but they allegedly refused. Vicky also accused guitarist Kim Thayil of putting her and her family in danger by suggesting that she is preventing the release of a new Soundgarden album.

Soundgarden then filed a countersuit against Vicky and Chris’ estate in May 2020 with accusations of “fraudulent inducement.” They claimed that Chris co-authored five of the recordings in question with other members of the band. They also said that their January 16, 2019 set at the Chris Cornell tribute show was done for free to benefit charity, but Vicky never provided them with a full list of donations. However, the latter accusation was dropped in July 2020.

[via The PRP]

The Pretty Reckless Premiere New Video For “Only Love Can Save Me Now” Featuring Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil & Matt Cameron

The Pretty Reckless have premiered a new video for their song “Only Love Can Save Me Now.” The track, which features Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron, is from the band’s latest album “Death By Rock And Roll.“

The Pretty Reckless‘ Taylor Momsen commented:

“It’s hard to describe the feeling around our song ‘Only Love Can Save Me Now‘. The song was born out of tragedy and brought to life by two of my favorite musicians of all time — Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil.

Hearing them play it is simply surreal. This song represents getting through the worst time in my life, and yet, is one of my proudest achievements. It means that there is hope, and that life has to go on, and most importantly, is worth living.”

Thayil continued:

“It was super fun to spend time in the studio with Taylor, Ben [Phillips, The Pretty Reckless guitarist], and Matt, and to have the opportunity to contribute to this The Pretty Reckless song. ‘Only Love Can Save Me Now‘ has elements of classic Soundgarden and the riff would probably be at home on ‘Louder Than Love‘.

These are great guitar parts that Ben came up with. They lay down a heavy foundation that allows the entire song to open up with Taylor‘s powerful and haunting vocals. Cheers, and thanks to The Pretty Reckless for inviting Matt and me to play on this track!”

Cameron added:

“Kim and I had a blast recording with Taylor and The Pretty Reckless on their new single ‘Only Love Can Save Me Now,’ a fantastic rock track that sounds amazing at full volume. Many thanks to the band for inviting us to play on their new album ‘Death By Rock And Roll.’”

[via Rolling Stone]

Chris Cornell’s Family Reach Settlement With Doctor Who Prescribed The Singer Drugs

According to Deadline, Chris Cornell’s family have reached a settlement with the late Soundgarden frontman’s former doctor Robert Koblin. This news comes after Cornell’s widow Vicky previously filed a malpractice suit against Koblin after accusing him of prescribing drugs that led to the singer’s suicide.

Attorneys for the Cornell family had the following to say in some court papers:

“After years of litigation and settlement negotiations, plaintiffs and (Dr. Robert Koblin and Robertson Cardiovascular Center LLC) have reached a confidential settlement agreement to resolve all claims asserted by each plaintiff. Unfortunately, as with many celebrity cases, this action has also attracted the attention of troubled individuals who have harassed plaintiffs, including by threatening the life and safety of plaintiffs Toni Cornell and Christopher Nicholas Cornell.”

Vicky originally filed the suit due to Koblin allegedly prescribing Chris 940 doses of the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam (aka Ativan) and doses of Oxycodone during the last 20 months of his life. The suit went on to say that the doctor was writing prescriptions without re-examining Chris, despite the fact that he had a history of addiction. It also mentioned that Lorazepam can lead to impaired judgment and increased suicide risks in those that are prone to addiction and that Koblin did not warn Chris about the increased risk of suicidal thoughts.

For his part, Koblin claimed that Chris was aware of the dangers associated with the anti-anxiety medication he was prescribed and that he asked to “not to be informed” of potential side effects. He was also previously seeking to have the suit dismissed, saying that he was covered by a malpractice law that protects doctors during the death’s of certain patients.

Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, Etc. Shows To Air On AXS TV As Part Of New “Long Live the ’90s” Series

AXS TV have announced a new archival concert series which they are calling “Long Live The ’90s.” The show will run from May 9 to June 27 and it will feature concerts from Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, and more.

Here’s the full schedule:

05/09 – “Pearl Jam: Let’s Play Two”
05/16 – “Garbage: One Mile High…Live”
05/23 – “Stone Temple Pilots: Live in Chicago”
06/06 – “Jane’s Addiction: Live in NYC”
06/13 – “Rage Against the Machine – Live at Finsbury Park”
06/20 – “The Black Crowes: Live From the Artists Den”
06/27 – “Soundgarden: Live From The Artists Den”

Sarah Weidman, head of original programming, development and multi-platform content for AXS TV, had the following to say about the series:

“This curated concert series presents the ultimate trip down music’s memory lane, taking viewers back to one of rock’s most definitive decades with classic performances, iconic songs and groundbreaking bands that helped make the ’90s so distinct.

We are excited to be able to connect — and re-connect — viewers of all ages to these incredible events, giving them the best seat in the house for powerful sets packed with the classic hits they love.”

Vicky Cornell Responds To Soundgarden’s Motion To Regain Control Of Their Social Media Accounts

As previously reported, Soundgarden recently filed a new motion in an effort to get Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell to hand over control of their social media accounts and official website. Now, Vicky’s lawyer Marty Singer, the band’s former manager Ron Laffitte, and Vicky herself have all commented on those demands.

Soundgarden previously said that their former management company Patriot Management were in control of the login information for their accounts until the company was terminated in October 2019. After that, all the information was handed over to Vicky, who is allegedly “holding [it] hostage.” The band also claimed that Vicky has acted as “Soundgarden” on social media and has let all of their accounts fall into “a state of neglect.” After hearing the news, Laffitte, Singer, and Vicky all issued statements via Chris’ Instagram account:

Laffitte:

“During my six years working with Chris Cornell and Soundgarden, Chris and Vicky always controlled all of Soundgarden‘s social media accounts, both directly and through their own personal social media representative. At no time were any other members of Soundgarden involved, and this was true both before and after Chris died. Because of this, Soundgarden‘s attempt to seek an injunction in connection with the social media accounts is surprising to say the least.”

Singer:

“Ms. Cornell‘s forthcoming motion will expose the truth about the Soundgarden‘s supposed social media accounts. Ms. Cornell created the social media accounts; grew the accounts by allowing them to trade on Chris‘ then-existing, popular accounts; devoted her personal time and money in growing these accounts as Soundgarden displayed absolutely no interest in social media (unless it was to promote their solo projects). Ms. Cornell has overseen these accounts for close to a decade. The fact that Soundgarden is unaware of the user-names and passwords for their alleged “own” accounts confirms their utter lack of involvement in creating, growing and maintaining their alleged accounts.

Soundgarden solely wants the social media accounts in order to maliciously defame Ms. Cornell, provoke her online stalkers (as Matt Cameron has done continuously) and to instigate third-parties to harass Ms. Cornell and her minor children.

Moreover, while they now claim a sense of urgency, Soundgarden‘s claim are a stale repacking of the claims that they filed in the Florida court in May of 2020.”

Vicky:

“Sadly the other three Soundgarden members now object to a celebration of Chris‘ voice even as they take legal action to demand the use of his vocals.

In their latest attacks they claim to be against the “no one sings like you anymore” hashtag — even though that was taken from Chris‘ lyrics from “Black Hole Sun” that was created and used by fans all over the world as a mark of respect and in tribute to him since the day after he died.

My children and I are so grateful to the fans for the love and respect you have all shown to him and thereby us since that tragic night.”

A separate post also included the #noonesingslikeyouanymore hashtag, along with another one that says‘#thatswhytheywantyourvocals.

This news comes after a judge recently recommended the court to dismiss two of the claims that Vicky filed against Soundgarden. Those included her claim that the band were withholding “hundreds of thousands of dollars” worth of royalties and her claim that the group’s business manager Rit Venerus breached his duty to look after her best interests. The final decision will now be made by presiding judge Robert S. Lasnik.

As previously reported, Vicky initially filed a lawsuit against the band in December 2019 over royalties and the rights to seven unreleased tracks. That suit said that the group had been withholding money in an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings” that Vicky claimed Chris wrote alone while living in Florida. She also said that she offered to share the tracks with the band if they respected Chris’ wishes by releasing them in a certain way and having his producer involved, but they allegedly refused. Vicky also accused guitarist Kim Thayil of putting her and her family in danger by suggesting that she is preventing the release of a new Soundgarden album.

Soundgarden then filed a countersuit against Vicky and Chris’ estate in May 2020 with accusations of “fraudulent inducement.” They claimed that Chris co-authored five of the recordings in question with other members of the band. They also said that their January 16, 2019 set at the Chris Cornell tribute show was done for free to benefit charity, but Vicky never provided them with a full list of donations. However, the latter accusation was dropped in July 2020.

[via The PRP]

Soundgarden File New Motion Against Vicky Cornell To Regain Control Of Their Social Media Accounts

There has been another development in the legal battle between Soundgarden and Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell. According to Billboard, the band have filed a new motion in an effort to get Vicky to hand over control of their social media accounts and official website.

The group said that their former management company Patriot Management were previously in control of the login information until they were terminated in October 2019. After that, all the information was handed over to Vicky, who is allegedly “holding [it] hostage.” The court filing also included an email from Patriot that said the following:

“Vicky [Cornell] has since changed all the social media passwords for the band accounts and will not share them with [Patriot] as she wants the band, and I quote, ‘to sue her for them’.”

The band also claim that Vicky has acted as “Soundgarden” on social media and has let all of their accounts fall into “a state of neglect.”

This news comes after a judge recently recommended the court to dismiss two of the claims that Vicky filed against Soundgarden. Those included her claim that the band were withholding “hundreds of thousands of dollars” worth of royalties and her claim that the group’s business manager Rit Venerus breached his duty to look after her best interests. The final decision will now be made by presiding judge Robert S. Lasnik.

As previously reported, Vicky initially filed a lawsuit against the band in December 2019 over royalties and the rights to seven unreleased tracks. That suit said that the group had been withholding money in an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings” that Vicky claimed Chris wrote alone while living in Florida. She also said that she offered to share the tracks with the band if they respected Chris’ wishes by releasing them in a certain way and having his producer involved, but they allegedly refused. Vicky also accused guitarist Kim Thayil of putting her and her family in danger by suggesting that she is preventing the release of a new Soundgarden album.

Soundgarden then filed a countersuit against Vicky and Chris’ estate in May 2020 with accusations of “fraudulent inducement.” They claimed that Chris co-authored five of the recordings in question with other members of the band. They also said that their January 16, 2019 set at the Chris Cornell tribute show was done for free to benefit charity, but Vicky never provided them with a full list of donations. However, the latter accusation was dropped in July 2020.

Judge Recommends Dismissal Of Two Claims Brought Against Soundgarden By Vicky Cornell

According to Billboard, U.S. District Judge Michelle Peterson has recommended the court to dismiss two of the claims that were filed against Soundgarden by Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell. Those include Vicky‘s claim that the band were withholding “hundreds of thousands of dollars” worth of royalties and her claim that the group’s business manager Rit Venerus breached his duty to look after her best interests. The final decision will now be made by presiding judge Robert S. Lasnik.

Vicky‘s attorney Marty Singer commented:

“The magistrate’s recommendation was based solely on her subjective and un-adopted opinion that additional facts must be added to our client’s complaint, and we intend to amend our client’s complaint to include those facts. Most importantly, the magistrate’s recommendation has zero impact on the significant claims against Soundgarden and its band members, who have sought to trample on Chris Cornell’s rights by unlawfully asserting ownership over his vocal recordings and by depriving his wife and children of millions of dollars that the band members want to keep for themselves.”

This news comes Soundgarden recently issued a statement after Vicky filed another suit against them due to a buyout offer. Vicky claimed that the surviving members of the band only offered her $300,000 for Chris’ share of Soundgarden, an amount she says is way lower than the estate’s interests, especially since an outside investor offered the group $16 million for their masters.

The latest legal battle between Soundgarden and Vicky came after she previously filed a lawsuit against the band in December 2019 over royalties and the rights to seven unreleased tracks. That suit said that the group had been withholding money in an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings” that Vicky claimed Chris wrote alone while living in Florida. She also said that she offered to share the tracks with the band if they respected Chris’ wishes by releasing them in a certain way and having his producer involved, but they allegedly refused. Vicky also accused guitarist Kim Thayil of putting her and her family in danger by suggesting that she is preventing the release of a new Soundgarden album.

Soundgarden then filed a countersuit against Vicky and Chris’ estate in May 2020 with accusations of “fraudulent inducement.” They claimed that Chris co-authored five of the recordings in question with other members of the band. They also said that their January 16, 2019 set at the Chris Cornell tribute show was done for free to benefit charity, but Vicky never provided them with a full list of donations. However, the latter accusation was dropped in July 2020. Furthermore, Soundgarden have also been taking issue with Vicky having access to their social media accounts.

Foo Fighters, Ghost, Korn, Etc. Members Take Part In Auction For Roadie Relief

Members of Foo Fighters, Ghost, Korn, KISS, 311, and more have contributed signed items to a silent auction in an effort to raise money for Roadie Relief. The auction will run through April 14 at 32auctions.com.

Here’s the various items up for auction:

01. Tommy Thayer (KISS) personally signed signature series Epiphone Les Paul.
02. Phil X (Bon Jovi) signed Gibson Les Paul Jr.
03. Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) piano black Gretsch Drum kit he used at Wembley Stadium in 2008 with All Access laminate from the show.
04. Papa Emeritus IV (Ghost) signed Hagstrom Phantom guitar.
05. A 30 min one on one Zoom with PNUT of 311.
06. 5 different Faith No More bundles that have signed poster, guitar pics and after show pass.
07. Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) signed cymbal (used at last Rage show).
08. 2 – 311 band signed posters.
09. Queen + Adam Lambert signed show poster from their last show plus a pair of Roger Taylor’s drum sticks.
10. Ray Luzier (Korn) signed snare drum (his signature series custom hard shell snare case also signed by him).
11. Metallica bundle including show poster, pair of Lars Ulrich’s used drum Sticks, and one of Lars’s custom snare drum Heads
12. Live performance photographs from shows including: Lemmy (Motörhead), Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Flint (Prodigy), Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses), Cardinal Copia (Ghost), and Tom Petty.
13. 311 signed skate deck.
14. Artist Thomas Estrada donated custom art commission to winning bidder.
15. Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) signed custom guitar pedal + guitar pics.
16. Avenged Sevenfold signed record.
17. Several concert collectors posters: Pearl Jam, Soundgarden (and more to come).
18. Darkglass Electronics 500 v1 bass amp
19. Aric Improta (Fever 333) custom art work drum head signed by him
20. Ray Luzier (Korn) signed drum head and pair of sticks
21. Foo Fighters Bundle – Taylor Hawkins’ sticks, Dave Grohl’s sweat band and guitar pic and 2 all access laminates.
22. Custom hand made guitar used on episodes of Couch Riffs.

Soundgarden Issue New Statement Regarding Buyout Lawsuit From Chris Cornell’s Widow

Soundgarden have issued a new statement regarding the latest lawsuit that was filed against them by Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell. As previously reported, that suit was related to a recent buyout offer.

Soundgarden said the following:

“The buyout offer that was demanded by the Estate has been grossly mischaracterized and we are confident that clarity will come out in court. All offers to buy out our interests have been unsolicited and rejected outright. For more than a year, Soundgarden’s social media accounts have been hijacked; misleading and confusing our fans. Being a band from Washington State since 1984, we are proud of Soundgarden’s musical legacy, work and career. We look forward to completing the final Soundgarden album.”

This news comes after Vicky claimed that the surviving members of the group only offered her $300,000 for Chris’ share of Soundgarden, an amount she says is way lower than the estate’s interests, especially since an outside investor offered the band $16 million for their masters. If you missed it, you can read more from the lawsuit below [via Blabbermouth]:

“The band members have knowingly offered only an infinitesimal fraction of the true worth of Chris’ interest in Soundgarden and certain related entities by making a ludicrously low offer. And, they know it. Before making their absurd offer, Soundgarden had previously received an independent third-party offer from a leading music investor for multi-millions more (even though that offer covered only recorded music and did not include any other Soundgarden assets). Despite having this offer in hand, the band members offered Chris’ wife and minor children a pittance. In fact, the band’s offer is so low that it even falls shy of the royalties that Vicky received for a single year (2018) from a single revenue source (Soundgarden’s master recordings).

This is not the first time that the band members have sought to deprive Chris’ minor children of the hard-earned fruits of his labor and talent. The band has already been sued once by Vicky for refusing to pay monies that they admit are owed to her and Chris’ minor children.1 Now, Vicky, who wanted to avoid this action, has been forced to regrettably file suit based on the band’s continuing pattern of unconscionable misconduct.

In response to Defendants’ disingenuous offer, on December 17, 2020, Vicky counter-offered defendants Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, Hunter Benedict Shepherd four million dollars each — a total of twelve-million dollars (U.S. $12,000,000.00) — for their collective interests in Soundgarden and the Soundgarden Related Entities.

On December 29, 2020, Defendants summarily rejected Vicky’s twelve-million dollar offer, noting that the Surviving Band Members have no interest in selling their interests in the Soundgarden Partnership ‘because these interests represent their creative life’s-work’ — a statement that both overreaches (because neither Cameron nor Shepherd were original members of Soundgarden) and overlooks (because the vast majority of the band’s works — over 73% — were authored by Chris and because Chris’ interest in the Soundgarden Partnership also represents Chris’ ‘creative life’s work’).

In a final attempt to resolve this matter without judicial intervention (and without the need for yet another litigation), Vicky offered the Surviving Band Members seven million dollars each — a total of twenty-one million dollars ($21,000,000.00) — for their collective interests in the Soundgarden Partnership. Moreover, Vicky’s offer expressly noted that, if the Surviving Band Members were willing to share the underlying information, her twenty-one million dollar offer may well increase further. The Surviving Band Members rejected the twenty-one million dollar offer and, once more, refused to share the underlying data.

The Surviving Band Members’ rejection of an offer of seven million dollars for each of their individual interests underscores the unreasonableness of Defendants’ insulting offer for Chris’ interests in the Soundgarden Partnership.”

A representative for Soundgarden also recently issued a statement to TMZ:

“As requested by the Estate of Chris Cornell and as required by the laws of the State of Washington, the surviving members of Soundgarden submitted to the Cornell Estate four months ago a buy-out offer of the Estate’s interests in Soundgarden calculated by respected music industry valuation expert Gary Cohen. Since then, the band members have continued to try to settle all disputes with the Cornell Estate and in their several attempts to settle, the band members have elected to offer multiple times more than the amount calculated by Cohen. This dispute has never been about money for the band. This is their life’s work and their legacy.”

Marty Singer, a lawyer for the Cornell estate, previously commented as well:

“The band’s contention that this dispute is somehow not about the money for them is absurd and hypocritical. Of course this is about money and their greed. They received a third party offer to buy just a portion of their interests for 16 million dollars, and yet subsequently offered to buy out Chris’ interest for a mere $278,000. And then Vicky offered $21 million for their shares, which they turned down — not because they wanted to preserve their life’s work but because they know that they will make even more off of future exploitation of the music that Chris wrote and the legacy that he created (which has lined their pockets for years).”

The latest legal battle between Soundgarden and Vicky comes after she previously filed a lawsuit against the band in December 2019 over royalties and the rights to seven unreleased tracks. That suit said that the group had been withholding money in an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings” that Vicky claimed Chris wrote alone while living in Florida. She also said that she offered to share the tracks with the band if they respected Chris’ wishes by releasing them in a certain way and having his producer involved, but they allegedly refused. Vicky also accused guitarist Kim Thayil of putting her and her family in danger by suggesting that she is preventing the release of a new Soundgarden album.

Soundgarden then filed a countersuit against Vicky and Chris’ estate in May 2020 with accusations of “fraudulent inducement.” They claimed that Chris co-authored five of the recordings in question with other members of the band. They also said that their January 16, 2019 set at the Chris Cornell tribute show was done for free to benefit charity, but Vicky never provided them with a full list of donations. However, the latter accusation was dropped in July 2020. As they mentioned in their new statement, Soundgarden have also been taking issue with Vicky having access to their social media accounts.

Chris Cornell’s Widow Sues Soundgarden Over Buyout Offer

Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky has filed another lawsuit against Soundgarden due to a recent buyout offer. Vicky claimed that the surviving members of the group only offered her $300,000 for Chris’ share of Soundgarden, an amount she says is way lower than the estate’s interests, especially since an outside investor offered the band $16 million for their masters.

Blabbermouth have obtained a copy of the lawsuit, which said the following:

“The band members have knowingly offered only an infinitesimal fraction of the true worth of Chris’ interest in Soundgarden and certain related entities by making a ludicrously low offer. And, they know it. Before making their absurd offer, Soundgarden had previously received an independent third-party offer from a leading music investor for multi-millions more (even though that offer covered only recorded music and did not include any other Soundgarden assets). Despite having this offer in hand, the band members offered Chris’ wife and minor children a pittance. In fact, the band’s offer is so low that it even falls shy of the royalties that Vicky received for a single year (2018) from a single revenue source (Soundgarden’s master recordings).

This is not the first time that the band members have sought to deprive Chris’ minor children of the hard-earned fruits of his labor and talent. The band has already been sued once by Vicky for refusing to pay monies that they admit are owed to her and Chris’ minor children.1 Now, Vicky, who wanted to avoid this action, has been forced to regrettably file suit based on the band’s continuing pattern of unconscionable misconduct.

In response to Defendants’ disingenuous offer, on December 17, 2020, Vicky counter-offered defendants Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, Hunter Benedict Shepherd four million dollars each — a total of twelve-million dollars (U.S. $12,000,000.00) — for their collective interests in Soundgarden and the Soundgarden Related Entities.

On December 29, 2020, Defendants summarily rejected Vicky’s twelve-million dollar offer, noting that the Surviving Band Members have no interest in selling their interests in the Soundgarden Partnership ‘because these interests represent their creative life’s-work’ — a statement that both overreaches (because neither Cameron nor Shepherd were original members of Soundgarden) and overlooks (because the vast majority of the band’s works — over 73% — were authored by Chris and because Chris’ interest in the Soundgarden Partnership also represents Chris’ ‘creative life’s work’).

In a final attempt to resolve this matter without judicial intervention (and without the need for yet another litigation), Vicky offered the Surviving Band Members seven million dollars each — a total of twenty-one million dollars ($21,000,000.00) — for their collective interests in the Soundgarden Partnership. Moreover, Vicky’s offer expressly noted that, if the Surviving Band Members were willing to share the underlying information, her twenty-one million dollar offer may well increase further. The Surviving Band Members rejected the twenty-one million dollar offer and, once more, refused to share the underlying data.

The Surviving Band Members’ rejection of an offer of seven million dollars for each of their individual interests underscores the unreasonableness of Defendants’ insulting offer for Chris’ interests in the Soundgarden Partnership.”

A representative for Soundgarden told TMZ the following:

“As requested by the Estate of Chris Cornell and as required by the laws of the State of Washington, the surviving members of Soundgarden submitted to the Cornell Estate four months ago a buy-out offer of the Estate’s interests in Soundgarden calculated by respected music industry valuation expert Gary Cohen. Since then, the band members have continued to try to settle all disputes with the Cornell Estate and in their several attempts to settle, the band members have elected to offer multiple times more than the amount calculated by Cohen. This dispute has never been about money for the band. This is their life’s work and their legacy.”

Marty Singer, a lawyer for the Cornell estate, also commented:

“The band’s contention that this dispute is somehow not about the money for them is absurd and hypocritical. Of course this is about money and their greed. They received a third party offer to buy just a portion of their interests for 16 million dollars, and yet subsequently offered to buy out Chris’ interest for a mere $278,000. And then Vicky offered $21 million for their shares, which they turned down — not because they wanted to preserve their life’s work but because they know that they will make even more off of future exploitation of the music that Chris wrote and the legacy that he created (which has lined their pockets for years).”

This news comes after Vicky previously filed a lawsuit against Soundgarden in December 2019 over royalties and the rights to seven unreleased tracks. That suit said that the band had been withholding money in an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings” that Vicky claimed Chris wrote alone while living in Florida. She also said that she offered to share the tracks with the band if they respected Chris’ wishes by releasing them in a certain way and having his producer involved, but they allegedly refused. Vicky also accused guitarist Kim Thayil of putting her and her family in danger by suggesting that she is preventing the release of a new Soundgarden album.

Soundgarden then filed a countersuit against Vicky and Chris’ estate in May 2020 with accusations of “fraudulent inducement.” They claimed that Chris co-authored five of the recordings in question with other members of the band. They also said that their January 16, 2019 set at the Chris Cornell tribute show was done for free to benefit charity, but Vicky never provided them with a full list of donations. However, the latter accusation was dropped in July 2020. Aside from those grievances, Soundgarden also took issue with Vicky having access to their social media accounts and the way she was representing them.