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Chris’ Week on Grunge Graveyard: Chris Cornell. A Life In 15 Songs

source: Classic Rock   20.07.2020

Chris Cornell: a life in 15 songs

 

 

 

 

Chris’ Week on Grunge Graveyard: Taylor Momsen Talks About Chris Cornell

source: Blabbermouth  May 25, 2020

THE PRETTY RECKLESS’s TAYLOR MOMSEN On CHRIS CORNELL’s Death: ‘That Hit Me Extraordinarily Hard’

The Pretty Reckless frontwoman Taylor Momsen has reflected on how the deaths of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and longtime producer Kato Khandwala affected the making of The Pretty Reckless’s new LP, “Death By Rock And Roll”.

Momsen, whose band was the opening act for Soundgarden’s spring 2017 run of dates, told Andy Hall of the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3 (hear audio below): “[Chris’s passing] hit me extraordinarily hard. Getting that tour, I’m such a massive Soundgarden fan, that was the highest of the highs for all of us. And it obviously ended not ideally. I had to take a step back and we canceled touring. I wasn’t in a good place to be public, so I went home to kind of reflect on what had happened and try to process. And then I started writing again, and very soon after that, I got the call that Kato, my best friend and our producer, had passed on a motorcycle accident. And that was kind of a nail in the coffin for me at that moment in time. I sunk into this whole depression, and I wasn’t entirely sure how I was gonna get out of it, or if I was gonna get out of it. Not to get too heavy here, but the short of it is that music saved my life again. I delved into music, and that’s what really pulled me out of it. And this record is really the culmination of all of that. So it’s all there in the record.”

Asked how one knows it’s time to get back to work after going through such a dark period, Taylor said: “You kind of don’t. I kind of took a jump. I had written some stuff that I really liked, and that was the first hint of, ‘Okay, I’ve gotta start doing something again.’ And that in itself was a process. It was the first record that we did without Kato. We worked with a guy named Jonathan Wyman, who’s a longtime friend of mine and the band’s — a great engineer, a great friend, a great producer. And it’s the first record we actually co-produced. He was a lifesaver in this scenario.

“I’d say this record is like a rebirth for us,” she continued. “In one way, it feels like the first record in the sense that we really threw everything — physically, mentally — everything we had at it and in it. And now it’s finished, and now I’m excited for people to hear it. Making the record was a part of the healing process.”

Momsen has confirmed in a separate interview with Detroit radio station WRIF that Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello guests on “Death By Rock And Roll”. Morello appears on a track called “And So It Went”.

Morello joins previously announced guests Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron from Soundgarden. The song with Cameron and Thayil, called “Only Love Can Save Me Now”, was recorded at Seattle’s legendary London Bridge Studios, where seminal LPs like Pearl Jam’s Ten and Soundgarden’s “Louder Than Love” were laid down.

Momsen told The Pulse Of Radio about working at the historic Seattle studio: “In one way it was kind of like walking back in time. You come in and there’s just all the Pearl Jam gold records and paintings and there’s a wall that’s covered in signed drumheads and pictures of people who’ve worked there. And then the studio itself is very warm and inviting, very comfortable. So it was very suited to what I was used to, but with all this added history to it.”

“Death By Rock And Roll”, the fourth studio album from The Pretty Reckless, will arrive in late 2020 or early 2021. It will follow up 2016’s “Who You Selling For”, which featured the rock radio hits Oh My God”, “Back To The River” and “Take Me Down”.

source: Alternative Nation  Jul 11, 2020

Taylor Momsen Drops Singing For Audioslave Bombshell

By Brett Buchanan

The Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen was opening for Soundgarden on their final tour before Chris Cornell died by suicide in Detroit. Momsen discussed singing an Audioslave classic shortly after Cornell’s death, and how she struggled with substance abuse in the wake of the tragedy.

Momsen told Offstage With DWP about Soundgarden influencing her, “Their level of artistry and songwriting and musicianship is so above what I can even comprehend. It’s so intricate, it’s so detailed, it’s so good and it’s so smart that it takes a minute to understand Soundgarden. They’re catchy, and everyone’s heart the hits, but when you really investigate Soundgarden and get into it, it’s like a religion — it’s so in-depth and it’s just superior to so much music that’s out there.

 

“I’ve based my whole career and identity off of The Beatles and Soundgarden. They’re two bands that I put next to each other, and I know that might sound crazy to some people. But they’re so important. There’s very few bands, I think, that needed to exist, and Soundgarden is one of those bands that there’d be a hole in the music world without their records.”

She later said about covering “Like a Stone” after Cornell’s death, “That was a cover that we’d been doing for years, just because I love singing the song, but it certainly took on a different meaning at that show. I could barely get through it. It was probably not my greatest moment. I was not in a very good place to be public, ’cause after that, I canceled all touring. I needed some time to clear my head, to process what had happened, or attempt to, so I went home after that. I couldn’t get on stage and pretend that I was okay and that I was happy to be there.

To put on a show and put on façade, I wasn’t capable of doing that. So I left and went dark for a while to try to regroup. And then, unfortunately, as I started to put the pieces back together, I got the phone call that Kato, our producer, had passed in a motorcycle accident. So that kind of put the nail in the coffin. Not to get super heavy here, but I fell down a hole into such depression, substance abuse and a hole of grief that I didn’t know how to get out of. And it took a while.

To make a very long story short, it took music, rock and roll, to save my life again,” she explained. “I know it sounds super cliché, but it’s entirely true, ’cause I had nothing — I had given up on everything. I didn’t know if I wanted to do this anymore, I just thought, ‘What’s the point?’ And I turned to music, ’cause music, in my entire life, has been the one thing that’s never let me down — it’s always been my friend; it’s always been my salvation.

And listening to the records that I loved turned into me wanting to write — not even wanting to write, it just kind of became this outpour of writing without really… I didn’t have to try to write this record; I kind of just poured it out. And then that led to figuring out how to record this album. So there was a lot of baby steps in trying to heal, but without music, I don’t know how I would have made it through.”

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.

Chris’ Week on Grunge Graveyard: Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Talks ‘Superunknown,’ His Awkward Encounter With Prince + More

Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell stopped by The Kevin & Bean Show to discuss the 20th Anniversary of the band’s album ‘Superunknown.’ He also talks about his vinyl collection, AC/DC’s influence on the band, meeting Prince and Ozzy Osbourne, and more!

Hype! 20 Years After Interviews (July 2017, Seattle)

Hype! SEATTLE GRUNGE 20 Years After Interviews (July 2017, Seattle)

Soundgarden 1992 Interview

Soundgarden 1992 Interview in support of Guns n’ Roses. Chris Cornell & Kim Thayil.

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.

Loudersound

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

 

Blabbermouth

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