Brandi Carlile Says She Would Like To Become Soundgarden’s New Singer

During an interview with Rolling Stone, Brandi Carlile said she would like to become Soundgarden’s permanent singer. Despite her busy schedule, the musician, who previously took part in the Chris Cornell tribute concert and recorded covers of “Black Hole Sun” and “Searching With My Good Eye Closed” with members of the band, said she “would make the time” to front the group. She added:

“I am such a Chris Cornell fan. I loved him so much. I was so devastated when he left us.”

“We are inextricably linked to Soundgarden for life. They were our heroes.”

Soundgarden, Municipal Waste, Etc. Members To Guest On New Mastodon Album “Hushed And Grim”

It looks like Mastodon’s new album, “Hushed And Grim” (out October 29), will feature a number of special guests. During an interview with Kerrang!, the group confirmed that Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Municipal Waste’s Dave Witte, Marcus King, João Nogueira, etc. will appear on the effort.

Drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor said the following about the new record, which was influenced by the death of the band’s manager Nick John:

“‘Hushed And Grim‘ is a mood. It’s about grief, about guilt, about all those fun feelings. It’s awful seeing your friend suffer like that and knowing there’s nothing that you can do. If you know, you know…”

Bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders added:

“It’s about taking the factual, brutal darkness of a life’s moment, then really trying to navigate through and beyond it. Writing and recording this record was like grief counselling for me: started out feeling horrific, came out feeling fantastic. Even if we wanted to write a happier record, we couldn’t. Our band doesn’t work that way. We can’t just shovel all of the darkness aside and say that everything was great.”

On another note, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds mentioned that the group also recorded some “proggy punk-rock songs” and “long Sabbathy-sounding shit” during the “Hushed And Grim” sessions. The extra material might be used for another future release.

Metallica Release Chris Cornell Tribute Performance On Vinyl

Metallica have released their live covers of Soundgarden’s “All Your Lies” and “Head Injury” on vinyl as part of their “Vinyl Club.” The tracks were recorded during the “I Am The Highway” tribute concert for Chris Cornell at the Forum in Los Angeles, CA in January 2019.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich commented:

“Thank you for your musk, thank you for the words, for your thoughts… Thank you for the shows, thank you for the good times, for putting yourself out there… and thank you, along with your fellow bandmates, for giving us something that inspired us, excited us, meant something, moved us, and not only gave us belief in the possibilities, but turned us the fuck on.

What an honor to have known you, to have shared the stage with you and created next level memories, and ultimately to nave been included in the LA celebration of your life, which allowed us the opportunity to share with the world just how much your music and your brilliance meant to us.

Here are two of our favorite old-school Soundgarden tracks from that special night.”

Cornell’s widow Vicky added:

“Thank you so much to Metallica for the love and appreciation that you have shown for Chris and for memorializing that love, admiration and support from your performances at the ‘I Am The Highway’ tribute on this truly amazing and special vinyl.

Joining the tribute concert meant so much to me and my children and to so many fans around the world… And I know how proud Chris would be, not only because you were there as his friends, but also because he was such a huge Metallica fan.

Thank you so much and thank you Lars for your very kind words about Chris. It is true that ‘a man is not dead while his name is still spoken.’ Thank you for continuing to honor him.”

Watch Soundgarden Members Join Brandi Carlile Onstage For Covers Of “Black Hole Sun” & “Searching With My Good Eye Closed”

During her August 14 show at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA, Brandi Carlile was joined onstage by Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron for covers of “Black Hole Sun” and “Searching With My Good Eye Closed.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. This news comes after Carlile and the aforementioned guests previously recorded studio versions of those tracks for a Record Store Day release called “A Rooster Says.”

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.