Category Archives: Soundgarden

The Anniversary Of Kurt Cobain’s Birth

Kurt was born on February 20, 1967 in Aberdeen, Washington.

Seattle Musicians Talk About ‘Singles’ Movie On The 25th Anniversary Of Its Release

source: an archive article in Alternative Nation from May 16, 2017

Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains & Soundgarden Members Unite For Incredible Grunge Video

A new video has been released the commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Singles soundtrack, featuring Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Screaming Trees, and Heart members. You can watch the video following the transcribed comments.

“I just remember thinking, ‘Cameron’s magic,’” Alice In Chains drummer Sean Kinney recalls. “‘You’re gonna go to Seattle and make a movie about stuff that just a small sect of people know?’ At the time, there was no ‘the grunge.’”

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell said, “Because the film was conceived and shot before the international explosion of all of the bands, that ended up being kind of a key factor in what was referred to as the Seattle scene, and the Seattle movement, and then the Grunge movement. Because there was this one thing called the Singles movie, where if you saw it, you were exposed to it.”

Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell remembered, “It was a big deal man, it really was. For as small and humbly as we all started, to be that involved in a major film, and to have it be with a guy who you’re friendly with, and cares about music as much as he does. Things took off really quickly.”

“It bottles a moment in time,” Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin adds of the soundtrack.

Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready said, “It was an exciting time to be here, and that was just another part of it. Like oh, and then there’s a movie, it was surreal.”

Heart’s Nancy Wilson, “You know when it’s Eddie Vedder, you know when it’s Alice In Chains with their great dissonant harmonies, you know Soundgarden. It’s the Seattle sound (laughs).”

Watch the video below via Rolling Stone.

Watch Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains Members Look Back on ‘Singles’

Soundgarden Members Reveal The Shocking Way They Learned Of Chris Cornell’s Death

Chris Cornell Posthumously Wins Grammy for Best Recording Package

source: Daily Mail

Chris Cornell won a posthumous award at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman was recognized in the Best Recording Package category for his career-spanning box-set compilation that dropped in November of 2018, a year-and-a-half after his passing at the age of 52.

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, his brother Barry Ament and Joe Spix, who contributed artwork to the box-set, accepted the award in Cornell’s honor.

Both Cornell’s and Soundgarden’s Twitter accounts tweeted out responses.

‘Congratulations Jeff & Barry Ament, thank you for this amazing work of art, your dedication & love for Chris,’ the Soundgarden tweet began.

‘Thank you @UMG & everyone who helped create such a beautiful work of art, in loving memory of Chris. He would be so proud -VC.’

‘Chris would be so proud! Thank you for your incredible work, dedication & loud love-VC #barryament #jeffament #chriscornellforever #Grammys2020,’ it read on the Black Hole Sun singer’s solo page. The message was tagged VC, the initials of Chris’ widow Vicky.

Along with his work with Soundgarden and Audioslave, the compilation album includes songs from his solo releases and Temple Of The Dog, which featured Jeff Ament and some of his Pearl Jam bandmates.

The super deluxe box-set has 64 tracks, including 10 unreleased songs.

One of the new tunes, When Bad Does Good, won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance at the 2019 Grammy Awards.

In a statement, Cornell’s widow Vicky said that she felt ‘we needed to create a special collection to represent all of him – the friend, husband and father, the risk taker and innovator, the poet and artist.’

She added, ‘His soaring vocals found their way into the hearts and souls of so many. His voice was his vision and his words were his peace. This album is for his fans.’

Born and raised in Seattle, Cornell struggled with depression and substance abuse for much of his life.

He has widely been considered among the greatest rock singers of all time.

Chris Cornell on Liking Obscure Music and Being Different

Chris Cornell’s Widow Sues Soundgarden Over Unpaid Royalties

Let me just quote the article, without any comments.

source: Metalhead News

Chris Cornell’s Widow Sues Soundgarden Over Unpaid Royalties

Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell is suing the surviving members of Soundgarden according to TMZ, Apparently she has filed a lawsuit against the band over several unreleased recordings.

The suit claims that the band is “withholding hundreds of thousand of dollars in royalties” owed to Cornell and their children, all of whom are minors. Vicky Cornell is claiming hat the band wants the rights to the material, which she calls an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings created by Chris before he passed away.”

According to documents obtained by celebrity gossip site  TMZ, the seven tracks are “solely authorized by Chris; contain Chris’ own vocal tracks; and were bequeathed to Chris’ Estate for the benefit of her and their children.” Vicky Cornell claims to have offered to share the recordings with Soundgarden so they can be released in conjunction with Chris’ wishes, including having his producer involved, but she claims the band has refused.

Soundgarden in their defense are claiming they worked on the tracks with Chris and that they were “working on the files in a collaborative effort,” and the “entire band was feeling very positive about their rekindled artistic energy and creativity” prior to Cornell’s death. The band also claims that various members of the band are co-songwriters on five of the seven unreleased recordings.

Cornell’s wife claims the opposite, that Chris Cornell Estate is the sole owner of the unreleased tracks. She has also accused guitarist Kim Thayil blaming her for the reason the band hasn’t released any new material. Back in October, Thayil told an interviewer that “There are still catalog issues to address” when the topic of unreleased Soundgarden material came up. He would also state ““There’s still things we want to release — old tapes, some live performances… We definitely have another record in us. Stuff that’s written, stuff that’s demoed and recorded — certainly. All it would need is to take the audio files that are available.” Thayil would go on to say that Cornell had recorded the vocal tracks prior to his death.

Vicky Cornell took to Instagram to express her thoughts about the rift below.

I have been taking time these past few weeks to be grateful for all the good people around me and for those who have lifted me up at the very worst times in my life. The silver lining, during the storm, is finding and appreciating the subtle glow of those who sincerely support you in your life unconditionally. However, sometimes while you grieve the one you physically lost, you realize that you must now grieve the loss of some of those you considered friends and family as well.

I am shocked at how often this occurs. It’s not just me, or the rock-star widow, or the political widow; it is the case for the vast majority of women after their partners have passed. It transcends socio-economic class, race, and religion. It is an unpleasant and unfortunately all too common theme. Hard-hearted family members, friends, and business associates; who will exploit a widow’s vulnerability when she’s broken and alone. These other people who have decided that her time is up as well.

Through support groups and other widowed friends, and during both difficult and supportive conversations, I have learned that I am not a unique case. This seems to be the inevitable plight of the widow in this world and I cannot help feeling angry, sad and betrayed. I will not be bullied or shamed into silence. I will not accept something so wrong, so lacking in compassion or decency, even with the clear but unspoken threat of social rejection hanging over me.

This was not the way I would have chosen to move forward. But I will not be pushed aside for someone else’s convenience or gain. I will not sacrifice our children’s futures for someone else’s greed. And I will not let someone else make me feel shame because the man I loved was taken from all of us too soon.

I will do justice by my husband’s work and memory; for our children and for everything we stood for. I want to thank everyone who has stood by Chris and has supported us through this devastating time. Your love and your kindness will never be forgotten.

Happy Birthday Chris!

It was an anniversary of Chris Cornell’s birth yesterday, to celebrate it let me post a video of his duet with Cat Stevens playing ‘Wild World’