It was previously revealed that the new movie focusing on the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.), “Black Days,” is set to begin filming in October. However, a representative from Cornell’s estate has since issued a statement to Pitchfork saying that the film is “not sanctioned or approved by the estate” and that “no one contacted the estate for any information.” This news comes after a casting call was recently posted on Backstage.
“Black Days,” the new movie focusing on the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.), is scheduled to begin filming in October. The film will star John Holiday (“Walk The Line,” etc.) and a casting call for additional roles can be found HERE. COVID-19 guidelines will be required on set.
The statue of the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) has sadly been vandalized. Chris’ widow Vicky commented:
“My children and I are heartbroken to learn of the vandalization of Chris’s statue at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. The statue is not only a work of art but a tribute to Chris, his incomparable musical legacy and everything that he stood for. It represents Chris, who is beloved not only in Seattle, but worldwide. In the face of this hate and destruction, we are thankful once again to the fans who stood up to support him and showed such immense love. It lifted our hearts to hear that fans brought supplies and attempted to clean up the heartbreaking vandalism. The statue will be restored. Hate will not win.”
Cherie Currie and Brie Darling have released a cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.” The track was recorded as part of Blue Élan’s upcoming covers collection, “We Are The Highway.” That effort will benefit the Chris And Vicky Cornell Foundation.
“His artistry shown in everything he touched. He loved people more than he loved himself. There will never be another Chris Cornell.”
“Immediately, I knew the song I would like us to do, my favorite… ‘Black Hole Sun’! I felt Cherie’s and my voices would work well on his beautiful and haunting melody. I love her and my different sounds and styles that work so well together. What a gift and inspiration, Chris’s talent was truly special.”
Brian Posehn has premiered a new video for the title track of his latest album “Grandpa Metal.” The clip features remotely recorded performances from Anthrax‘s Scott Ian, Soundgarden‘s Kim Thayil, Fall Out Boy‘s Joe Trohman, and Armored Saint‘s Joey Vera.
A new biography on late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will be released through Simon & Schuster later this month. The book, which is titled “Total F*cking Godhead – The Biography Of Chris Cornell,” will be available on July 28 and a description of it can be found below:
“With input from those who knew and worked with him—together with his own words—Total F*cking Godhead recounts the rise of Chris Cornell and his immortal band Soundgarden as they emerged from the 1980s post-punk underground to dominate popular culture in the ’90s alongside Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and Nirvana.”
“Seattle resident and rock writer Corbin Reiff also examines Cornell’s dynamic solo career as well as his time in Audioslave. He delves into his hard-fought battle with addiction, and the supercharged reunion with the band that made him famous before everything came to a shocking end.”
The family of the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) have shared the frontman’s previously unreleased cover of Guns N’ Roses‘ “Patience“ in honor of his 56th birthday. You can check that out below:
Cornell’s widow Vicky commented:
“One of Chris’s engineers recently reminded me of Chris’s recordings from sessions in 2016, which he still had. “Patience” was one of them. That recording was inspired by our daughter Toni, who was a huge GNR fan and asked her dad to teach her to play it on the guitar. His cover is so hauntingly beautiful; it brought it all back in a rush of bittersweet memories.
His birthday seemed the perfect time to share this and celebrate Chris, his voice, music , stories and art. A man is not dead while his name is still spoken…and, through his art, an artist’s soul still burns as bright upon all those that look up to him and his memory. Releasing music that was special to Chris keeps a part of him here with us- his heart and his soul. His love and his legacy.
I want to thank everyone who continues to celebrate and keep Chris alive. A special thank you to Axl, Slash, and Duff for continuing to honor Chris in their live shows. And to all of Chris’s fans, thank you for holding him in your hearts and always sharing your love for Chris with us. I want to thank our children too; for you are a reflection of your father, both his strength and his kindness (and helping to put together this video he’d be so proud)!
The memory of your smile still makes my heart, broken as it is, beat as fast as the first time we met. We love you Chris, Happy Birthday.
Earlier this year, Soundgarden filed a countersuit against Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky, accusing her and Chris’ estate of “fraudulent inducement.” As part of the suit, the band claimed that their January 16, 2019 set at the Chris Cornell tribute show was done for free to benefit charity, but Vicky allegedly never provided them with a full list of donations and that she used the money for personal gain. However, that claim has since been dropped.
“When we threatened Soundgarden with the undisputed facts that their claims concerning Vicky Cornell and the Cornell Charitable Foundation were disgraceful and fabricated by requesting the court sanction them for their appalling conduct, they caved in and agreed to drop their claims. We were looking forward to having the court make Soundgarden and their attorneys accountable for their shameful conduct, but they instead backed off their meritless claims since they knew they would lose the Rule 11 motion, which is used in court to punish and deter parties and their attorneys from pursuing objectively frivolous claims.”
Last December, Vicky filed a lawsuit against the band over royalties and the rights to seven unreleased tracks. She claimed that the group have been withholding money in an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings” that she claimed Chris wrote alone while living in Florida. She also said that she offered to share the tracks with Soundgarden if they respected Chris’ wishes by releasing them in a certain way and having his producer involved, but they allegedly refused. Vicky then went on to accuse guitarist Kim Thayil of putting her and her family in danger by suggesting that she is preventing the release of a new Soundgarden album.
For their part, Soundgarden denied Vicky’s accusations, while claiming that Chris co-authored five of the recordings with other members of the band. In addition to that, they also made the aforementioned claims about the Chris Cornell tribute show and said that they were unhappy with the way Vicky was representing them on their social media accounts. The group were also seeking a trial so they can settle the dispute.
“Two Minutes To Late Night” have shared footage of their host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds performing a quarantine cover of Soundgarden’s “Fourth Of July” with Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, Mutoid Man, etc.), Rah Davis (Fucked And Bound, Holy Tyrant), and Jess Gowrie (Chelsea Wolfe, Mrs. Piss, Horseneck). You can check that out below:
“Two Minutes To Late Night” commented:
“We covered the best Soundgarden song about Chris Cornell‘s favorite Oliver Stone movie. But seriously, The Fourth of July is a flawed holiday. To quote public affairs professor Peniel Joseph, America is “a country that continues to dishonor the sacrifices made by African American soldiers and ordinary citizens who bled for democracy in international conflicts and on domestic home fronts that denied them citizenship and dignity.” This is not a day for celebration as long as the police keep murdering black people without facing justice. Luckily, this song is about an acid trip.
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