Watch Cave In, Mrs. Piss, Etc. Members Cover Soundgarden’s “Fourth Of July”

“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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Soundgarden Launch New Social Media Accounts Under The Name Nude Dragons

Surviving Soundgarden members Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron have launched new social media accounts under the name Nude Dragons. Soundgarden previously used that moniker for a show they played in 2010. It is unknown why the group launched the accounts, but they did previously say that they were unhappy with the way Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky has been representing them on the official Soundgarden accounts as part of their ongoing legal dispute.

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Sevendust Cover Soundgarden’s “The Day I Tried To Live”

Sevendust have premiered a lyric video for their cover of Soundgarden‘s “The Day I Tried To Live.“ You can check that out below:

Lajon Witherspoon commented:

“Soundgarden is such an important band to all of us in Sevendust and this love for them goes all the way back to when we were starting. We discussed trying to do one of their songs and our producer Elvis [Baskette] suggested ‘The Day I Tried To Live.’ I would have been fine with any of those songs personally.

When I first heard it, I thought the lyrics were timeless. The lyrics are about trying to experience new things and change the way you live, and we see examples of that every day with what is happening around the world. To have the chance to cover this song and release it is so special to all of us. Thank you, Chris Cornell and Soundgarden.”

Soundgarden And Brandi Carlile Team Up For Chris Cornell Tribute Release

Brandi Carlile will be paying tribute to the late Chris Cornell by releasing a new 12-inch, titled “A Rooster Says,“ on September 26 as part of this year’s Record Store Day. The effort will come with covers of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” and “Searching With My Good Eye Closed,“ which Carlile and her frequent collaborators, Phil and Tim Hanseroth, recorded with Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron.

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The twins and I met in the late 90’s in a famous Seattle studio called London Bridge. The guy in the picture with me is Rick Parasher (RIP) and he introduced us. Soundgarden were just gods to us back then. Total pioneers and unreachable to us in every way. We went about making our demos and cleaning the studio when we couldn’t afford the bill never knowing that in November of 2019 we would go back to London Bridge and RECORD TWO SONGS WITH THEM!! @chriscornellofficial was as great as a human singer can get and now he’s an angel. Thank you Kim, Ben, and Matt. I’ll never forget this day for as long as I live…. stay tuned!! 🤘 @soundgarden @themattcameron #kimthayil #benshepherd @londonbridgestudio

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Soundgarden & Rage Against The Machine Members To Guest On The Pretty Reckless’ New Album “Death By Rock And Roll”

Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello will be guesting on The Pretty Reckless’ new album “Death By Rock And Roll.” Frontwoman Taylor Momsen recently confirmed the news saying that Cameron and Thayil will be appearing on a track titled “Only Love Can Save Me Now” and that Morello will be appearing on a track titled “And So It Went.”

Momsen told Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF radio the following about “Only Love Can Save Me Now”:

“We recorded that in Seattle at London Bridge Studios, and it was just an awesome experience to get to actually spend some time in Seattle. Every time we’re on tour, we’re in and out so fast, it was really good to kind of experience the city for all that it is and all that history and record at such an iconic studio. I mean, PEARL JAM’s ‘Ten’ [was recorded] there, and ‘Louder Than Love’ by SOUNDGARDEN. And then to be there with SOUNDGARDEN, it was pretty surreal.”

The Pretty Reckless actually opened for Soundgarden during Chris Cornell’s final show on May 17, 2017 and Momsen, who is a longtime fan of the band, said she was “devastated” by the singer’s death. That and the April 2018 death of The Pretty Reckless’ producer Kato Khandwala had an impact on the new album. Momsen continued:

“We had a few hard years. I’m not gonna lie. I went pretty down. Not to get too heavy into it, but I went pretty down into depression, and it took music to get me out of it again. I finally started writing again to get out everything that I was feeling, and that is what turned into the record that you are all going to hear hopefully very soon.

I know it’s cliché, but music has saved my life time and time again — it’s the thing that I can always rely on and turn to, and it’s always there for me. It’s always supported me, so I support it.”

She added:

“[‘Death By Rock And Roll’] really feels like a rebirth for us. In a lot of ways, it almost feels like the first record in the sense that we really threw everything that we had at it — we worked so hard on it. And I’m just excited for it to be out and have people come on this journey with me and see where it took us. I think it took us, in my opinion, to a new level. It’s a new and improved PRETTY RECKLESS.”

She also had the following to say when asked about release plans:

“I don’t know the answer, ’cause everything’s still in kind of limbo right now just, obviously, with the pandemic and very unprecedented times. So we’re not exactly sure. But I do know that we’re gonna be putting out more songs and stuff, and more material before the full album. So this isn’t just a quick little flash in the pan and we’re going away. We’re back.”

If you missed it, you can find the title track for “Death By Rock And Roll” HERE.

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Watch Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron Perform “Halfway There” With The Pretty Reckless’ Taylor Momsen

Soundgarden‘s Matt Cameron and The Pretty Reckless’ Taylor Momsen have paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell with a quarantine performance of Soundgarden‘s “Halfway There.” You can see footage of that below:

Soundgarden File Countersuit Against Chris Cornell’s Widow

According to Rolling Stone, Soundgarden have filed a countersuit against Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky, accusing her and Chris’ estate of “fraudulent inducement.” This news comes after the band recently responded to a lawsuit Vicky filed against them over royalties and the rights to seven unreleased tracks.

Vicky previously said that the band 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 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.

For their part, Soundgarden claimed that Chris co-authored five of the recordings with other members of the band. Furthermore, they have since claimed 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. They alleged that “Vicky Cornell did not have the intention of using some or all of the revenue from the Cornell Concert for charitable purposes, but rather for personal purposes for herself and her family.”

The countersuit also further dismissed Vicky‘s previous accusations:

“The Complaint is an offensive recitation of false allegations and accusations. Soundgarden categorically denies every material contention lobbed by Vicky Cornell, who filed her Complaint — rashly and without good cause — with the true purpose of extorting Soundgarden into conceding rights to which she is not legally entitled, and of coercing Soundgarden to prematurely distribute Soundgarden funds to her.”

On top of that, Soundgarden have also taken issue with Vicky having access to their social media accounts and the way she is representing them. The group are currently seeking a trial to settle the dispute.

Vicky’s lawyer Marty Singer has since issued a statement to Rolling Stone about the band’s countersuit:

“It is unfortunate that Chris Cornell’s three former bandmates – who have made millions of dollars from Chris’ hard work, talent and creativity – continue to attack Chris’ legacy, his widow, and his young children by making salacious, scurrilous, and vicious allegations in order to distract from the truth. Their transparently desperate counterclaims – which were intentionally filed shortly before the eve of the anniversary of Chris’ death and the eve of Chris and Vicky’s wedding anniversary – do not change the fact that they are the ones who have improperly asserted ownership of vocal recordings that were created solely by Chris and that they are the ones who have unlawfully withheld substantial sums of money from Chris’ widow and children (which is the very basis for the current lawsuit).

Suffice it to say that Vicky Cornell and the Cornell Estate vehemently deny the supposed “facts” contained in Soundgarden’s counterclaims, which will be met with swift legal action. It is ironic that Chris’ former bandmates now feign outrage over the 2019 Chris Cornell Tribute Concert conducted by Chris’s foundation – which raised over $1 million for the Charity Foundation and paid over $650,000 for EBMRF for medical research and which has nothing whatsoever to do with the issue of who owns Chris’ vocal recordings – – when Soundgarden received over $78,000 to perform at the charity concert .

As Chris’ former band members are well aware, every single penny of the proceeds generated by the concert were properly allocated and accounted for and their statements are not only false and defamatory but demonstrate the depths to which Chris’ former bandmates are willing to sink to tarnish his legacy.

It is also ironic that, after spending substantial time and attorneys’ fees (paid for out of the monies owed to Chris’ estate) arguing that the Florida court system lacks personal jurisdiction over them, Chris’ former bandmates have now sought relief from that very same court system by filing their counterclaims.”

Vicky also commented herself via Instagram Stories:

“As my beloved Chris would say, ‘They’ve reached a whole new low.’ A very easily disproven one…”

“When you attack the foundation, you attack my husband’s legacy. The foundation has nothing to do with the issue of who owns Chris’s vocal recordings. Their knowingly false allegations are a deliberate attempt to not just harm my credibility but the Foundation my husband and I created and everything WE stand for…”

“Times are gone for honest men and sometimes too far along for snakes… #noonesingslikeyouanymore”

“PS -yes- I had to be there, his children and his family had to be there -at the event I organized and made happen in honor and in tribute to the greatest husband and father -in honor of his legacy, his music and philanthropy

#ChrisCornellForever”

“#truthalwaysprevails

All monies in and out of foundations are public information -everyone is aware the event took place in Jan 2019- that means you purposely added this bogus claim knowing that 1040s not even due yet…

Be prepared to stand behind your accusation. You have played dirty this entire time…You can pretend publicly but you go to bed knowing what he’d think and do…. But I guess, sadly, I finally understand, it does explain why you didn’t turn the bus around.”

Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden) Premieres New Song “Down The Middle”

Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden) has premiered a new song titled “Down The Middle.” The track, which features Melvins frontman Buzz “King Buzzo” Osborne and bassist Steven McDonald, is expected to appear on Cameron‘s upcoming solo album. That effort will also feature Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.

Brian Posehn Premieres New Song “Grandpa Metal” Feat. Scott Ian (Anthrax) & Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)

Brian Posehn has premiered a new track, titled “Grandpa Metal,” via Billboard. This song features Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) and it will serve as the title track of Posehn’s new comedy metal album, which is set to be released on February 14.

Posehn commented:

“We had the title. The idea is that all guys my age [53] are kind of grandpa metal, stuck in the ’80s or whenever they liked heavy metal. Their opinions have not changed since then.”

“I came on the idea of just making fun of Scott [Ian], ’cause he literally hasn’t liked a new band since Refused, and I find that funny. Once I decided it would just be me busting his balls, I started filling the song with as many old-guy jokes as I could.”

“[Then I] got onto this thread commenting on all the different things I love about heavy metal and having a sense of humor about all these different genres of music and commenting on them.”

You can find more details on “Grandpa Metal,” including the track listing and special guests, HERE.

Soundgarden Respond To Vicky Cornell’s Lawsuit Against The Band

As previously reported, Chris Cornell’s widow, Vicky filed a lawsuit against Soundgarden over royalties and the rights to seven unreleased tracks. Now, more details on the case have started to emerge.

Vicky previously said that the band 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 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.

For their part, Soundgarden claimed that Chris co-authored five of the recordings with other members of the band. According to TMZ, they have since shared press clips from past interviews to prove their case. This includes one from February 2017 in which Chris said the following to Music Radar: “We have a lot of interesting songs…”. They are now trying to get Vicky‘s complaint dismissed or moved from Florida to Washington where the band are based. The following was said in the motion:

“Vicky Cornell is not the owner of the recordings at issue, which are provably Soundgarden’s and intended for a new Soundgarden album. Vicky Cornell is entitled to distributions from the Soundgarden partnership for Cornell’s share of band revenues, but only on the vote of the partnership which has not taken place. There is no “conspiracy” with the band’s financial manager.”

The motion also shared the names and writing credits for the recordings in question:

  • “Road Less Traveled” (Cornell/Cameron)
  • “Orphans” (Cornell/Cameron)
  • “At Ophians Door” (Cornell/Cameron)
  • “Cancer” (Cornell)
  • “Ahead Of The Dog” (Cornell/Thayil)
  • “Merrmas” (Cornell/Shepherd)
  • “Stone Age Mind” (Cornell)

Furthermore, Soundgarden also revealed that they were initially unaware about Chris’ death until they read about it on social media:

“The Band interrupted its April 2017 studio session in Seattle to begin a national tours tarting on April 28, 2017. (Cameron Decl. ¶21.) On May 14, 2017, the Band played in Kansas City, Missouri. After the show Cornell flew home to New York City. On May 17, he flew to Detroit, Michigan to join other Band Members for a Soundgarden concert that night at the Fox Theatre. Following the concert — as was customary — Thayil, Cameron, and Shepherd (the “Surviving Band Members” or “Remaining Partners”) made the late night trip in the Band’s tour buses to their next concert destination in Columbus, Ohio, where the Band had a concert on May 19.

Cornell stayed behind at a Detroit hotel with the plan to fly on to Columbus, as was his normal practice because Cornell was unable to sleep on buses. As their buses were headed to Columbus in the early morning of May 18, the Surviving Band Members learned that Cornell had been found dead in his hotel room in Detroit after midnight (tragically, Cameron first saw a “RIP: Chris Cornell” item on his Facebook page, called Thayil who was on the other bus, who then woke Shepherd, and they and their crew frantically searched news, social media and called friends and family, until they received the awful confirmation from their tour manager).

Thayil, Cameron and Shepherd were utterly devastated to lose their beloved friend, brother, and comrade, and were in a state of shock. As they pulled their buses to the roadside, embraced each other, and struggled with what to do next, their tour manager advised them not to go back to Detroit as it would be swimming with police, press, and other media, and there was nothing positive that could be achieved.

They also had a throng of highly-distraught crew and tour team members already in or headed to Columbus who needed support. So they organized a vigil in a conference room at their Columbus hotel, where they were accompanied by their crew, assistants and friends who hugged, wept and attempted to console each other for many hours.”

Vicky‘s lawyer Marty Singer has since responded to the band‘s claims:

“We obviously disagree with the band’s blatant mischaracterization of events, and stand by the truthful facts set forth in our complaint. It is disappointing that Chris’ former band members have now sought to taint his legacy by making numerous false allegations, and that they continue to withhold substantial monies from his widow and minor children (despite using those same funds to pay for their own legal fees).

The issue in this case is not who wrote the songs but rather who owns the specific recordings made solely by Chris while he resided in Florida. We are very confident that the Court will vindicate the rights of Chris’ Estate, and that the case will properly remain in Florida, where Chris resided and recorded the songs that are now the lawful property of his Estate.”

Soundgarden are currently requesting a hearing “due to the number of motions and number of issues involved.”

You can find court documents over at Scribd.