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Chris’ Week on Grunge Graveyard: Chris & Ben (Soundgarden) – Blow Up the Outside World

Chris & Ben (Soundgarden) – Blow Up the Outside World

Acoustic intimate set by Chris Cornell and Ben Shepherd from Soundgarden, at the KISW rock radio station.

 

Chris’ Week on Grunge Graveyard: Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun (Live From The Artists Den)

Live performance of “Black Hole Sun” from Soundgarden: Live from the Artists Den.

Soundgarden – Jesus Christ Pose

Music video by Soundgarden performing Jesus Christ Pose. (C) 1991 A&M Records

Soundgarden – Outshined – Live in 1991

Soundgarden performing Outshined in Los Angeles in 1991.

I’m looking California

And feeling Minnesota

Soundgarden Countersue Vicky Cornell

Music media wrote about the court case that the remaining members of Soundgarden filed a lawsuit against Vicky Cornell in response to her claims of the band allegedly wanting to deprive her and her children their part of royalties that she made public December (I wrote about it in this post). You’ll find the media coverage below.

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Soundgarden countersue Vicky Cornell – allege she used cash from charity concert for “personal purposes”

 

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CHRIS CORNELL’s Widow Fires Back At SOUNDGARDEN: ‘They’ve Reached A Whole New Low’

Vicky Cornell has fired back at the surviving members of SOUNDGARDEN after they filed a countersuit against Chris Cornell’s widow and his estate, accusing them of misappropriating funds raised from a Los Angeles benefit concert.

In the counterclaim, filed in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron accuse Vicky Cornell and Chris’s estate of “fraudulent inducement” for allegedly using revenue intended to be raised for charity for “personal purposes for herself and her family.” The suit claims that the I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell January 2019 show generated “many millions of dollars” but that the “recipient(s) of the revenue … have not been identified.” “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 musicians say in the suit.

In the counterclaim, Thayil, Shepherd and Cameron also accuse Vicky Cornell of controlling the band’s social media accounts and removing fan comments as well as posting images and comments to SOUNDGARDEN’s social media pages that “are intended to denigrate the Band and Surviving Band Members.”

“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,” Vicky Cornell’s lawyer Marty Singer responded in a statement to Rolling Stone. “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 herself also personally took the SOUNDGARDEN members to task for their allegations, writing in her 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…”

 

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

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.

Soundgarden: The Story Behind ‘Jesus Christ Pose’

source: Louder

The story behind Soundgarden’s Jesus Christ Pose

Chris Cornell’s Funeral (Part 2)

Chris Cornell’s Final Resting Place And Funeral Details

Chris Cornell, the lead singer for Soundgarden, will be laid to rest on May 26 in Los Angeles, two people with knowledge of the plans told CNN Saturday.

Cornell’s body will be flown from Michigan to Los Angeles on Sunday, and Cornell will be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the sources said.

One of the sources told CNN, “The family is thinking about a (public) memorial for fans, but is coping now with their loss and the funeral service.”

Late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland’s funeral was held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in December 2015, with members of Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, and Jane’s Addiction in attendance.

One of the sources told CNN, “The family is thinking about a (public) memorial for fans, but is coping now with their loss and the funeral service.”

Late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland’s funeral was held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in December 2015, with members of Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, and Jane’s Addiction in attendance.

source: Alternative Nation

 Chris Cornell’s Mother-In-Law Criticizes Eddie Vedder, Claims He Won’t Attend Memorial

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has left for his European solo tour, and Chris Cornell’s mother in law is claiming he will not be attending Cornell’s Celebration of Life on Friday at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Vedder kicks off his tour on Saturday in Amsterdam, and the tour runs through the end of June.

Cornell’s mother in law Toni Karayiannis criticized Vedder on Twitter for not attending the ceremony, and for a variety of other reasons. At first she did not say who she was talking about by name, but she later retweeted messages critical of Vedder, and tweeted about him singing “Daughter.” Pearl Jam released a tribute photo entitled ‘Chris’ on their website a few days ago.

We usually post written text from tweets in addition to embedding them, but due to the highly emotional nature of these remarks, we are only embedding them in case Karayiannis decides to remove any of them at a later date.

Everyone grieves in their own way, especially with a terrible tragedy like this. We have yet to hear from Vedder about how he is dealing with the loss of his friend of 27 years, so it is impossible for us to judge him or anyone involved in this situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cornell family, Eddie Vedder, and all of Cornell’s other friends and fans.

View Vedder’s tour dates below.

DATE CITY, COUNTRY VENUE
May 27 Amsterdam, The Netherlands AFAS Live
May 29 Amsterdam, The Netherlands AFAS Live
May 30 Amsterdam, The Netherlands AFAS Live
June 1 Berlin, Germany Zitadelle
June 3 Kvaerndrup, Denmark Heartland Festival, Egeskov Castle*
June 6 London, UK Eventim Apollo
June 7 London, UK Eventim Apollo
June 9 Dublin, Ireland 3 Arena
June 11 Cork, Ireland Live at the Marquee*
June 19 Antwerp, Belgium Lotto Arena
June 24 Florence, Italy Firenze Rocks Festival*
June 26 Taormina (Sicily), Italy Teatro Antico di Taormina
June 27 Taormina (Sicily), Italy Teatro Antico di Taormina

source: Alternative Nation

[I personally agree with the editors of Alternative Nation. It’s just impossible to believe that Eddie was not deeply touched by his long time friend’s death but with the tour dates already scheduled, he had to make a difficult choice and I absolutely understand that he did not want to leave his European fans. In fact, he paid a tribute to Chris during his live shows and I think it was the best he could do to celebrate Chris’ life. I believe Chris would understand and approve it. – footnote by Anna Solun]

First Video And Photos From Chris Cornell’s Funeral

The first video and photos have surfaced from Chris Cornell’s Celebration of Life at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

source: Alternative Nation

Watch Dave Grohl & Courtney Love Hug Chris Cornell’s Bandmates In Beautiful Video

More video footage has surfaced from Chris Cornell’s funeral at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery from Friday.

The new video initially shows Josh Brolin, Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, Filter frontman Richard Patrick, and then 1:05 in Dave Grohl and Courtney Love are shown hugging Chris Cornell’s surviving bandmates, Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron and Audioslave’s Tom Morello.

Watch a video of the beautiful and surreal moment below.

source: Alternative Nation

Watch Tom Morello’s Beautiful Eulogy At Chris Cornell’s Funeral: ‘Look Out For Each Other’

The first video clips of one of the eulogies at Chris Cornell’s funeral has surfaced, and it is two portions of former Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello’s eulogy. The clips are short, but a videographer also included another quote that Morello said during the service.

Morello told mourners to make a committment to look after one another “for Chris’ sake.”

Watch two video clips of Morello’s eulogy below.

source: Alternative Nation

 

Surviving Soundgarden members reunite for dinner following Chris Cornell’s funeral

Family, friends, collaborators, and contemporaries came out in force to honor Chris Cornell during a funeral service held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery last Friday. Soundgarden’s three surviving members, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron were in attendance, as was founding bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Following the ceremony, Thayil, Cameron, and Yamamoto went out to dinner together, joined by longtime Soundgarden producers Jack Endino and Stuart Hallerman, and Cornell’s ex-wife, Susan Silver. Hallerman shared a photo of the group with the caption, “We’re all living on ‘silver linings’ today, but they are abundant” (via Alternative Nation).

Stuart Hallerman shared the following photo after Chris Cornell’s funeral with the caption: “We’re all living on “silver linings” today, but they are abundant.”

In the photo are Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, former Soundgarden producer Jack Endino, Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, former Soundgarden bassist Hiro Yamamoto, and Chris Cornell’s ex-wife Susan Silver.

Hallerman responded to a comment from former Screaming Trees drummer Mark Pickerel, “Your name came up, Matt was reminiscing about their first trip to Ellensburg, a show with you and the Trees. Car problems! VW bus with no clutch cable made it home over the pass after…”

Ex-Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese commented, “Absolutely fantastic!! Thank you for posting this photo! Great great great to see you all together!”

Ben Shepherd was not featured in the photo, and the only photograph that appeared to surface of him at the funeral was a picture of him next to Filter frontman Richard Patrick.

source: Alternative Nation

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Chris Cornell About Writing Lyrics

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Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell says the band’s style means people often miss his lyrics – and it took a Johnny Cash cover to change perceptions

Chris Cornell was never complimented for his lyrics until Johnny Cash covered Soundgarden – and he believes it’s because of the way his vocal can be buried in his band’s music.

That’s one of the reasons he enjoys his solo work as much as working with Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron.

Cornell tells Courant.com: “You can’t always make out the words I sing with Soundgarden. When Johnny Cash covered Rusty Cage it was the first time I received compliments from my lyrics.

“To take this in another direction, when I covered Billy Jean by Michael Jackson, it was going to be a joke. I couldn’t do it in the form it was originally recorded in so I slowed it down. When I did that, it wasn’t funny any more – it’s an amazing story, brilliant lyrics.

“When you break out the acoustic guitar, the words are the focal point unless you’re the Jimi Hendrix of acoustic guitar. So the words have to have meaning.”

Cornell has been interested in stripped-down music since Soundgarden’s early era. “When we were super-loud and aggressive, I didn’t want to listen to that type of music when I was off stage,” he says. “When I got to my stereo I drifted towards more mellow recording artists.

“When I started writing for Temple Of The Dog I went to my room with my acoustic guitar, and I was happy to stay in that mode.”

His interest resulted in 2015 solo album Higher Truth, which he admits was “harder than I thought it would be” to make – but he adds: “It ushered me into a whole new world of songwriting.”

Meanwhile, he reports: “Soundgarden is in the middle of writing songs. After this tour the songs will become real and we’ll put an album out. There’s much more to Soundgarden. I get to play with my band and I get to go solo. It’s great for me.”

He’s currently touring North America, with dates running until the end of July.

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