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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.

The Anniversary of Chris’ Death

It is the 2nd anniversary of Chris Cornell’s death today so I am posting some rare treasures from his long career. This time Chris sings the songs of other artists and the list is really impressive.

1. Beatles 0:00 2. Michael Jackson 6:35 3. Creedence 10:40 4. Pearl Jam 13:40 5. Prince 17:40 6. Otis Redding 22:39 7. Whitney Houston 26:20 8. Mad Season 31:12 9. Eagles 36:00 10. Skynyrd 40:50 11. Mother Love Bone 43:32 12. Springsteen 48:24 13. Sabbath 54:27 14. Metallica 1:01:48 15. Bob Marley 1:06:04 16. Elvis Costello 1:09:30 17. John Lennon 1:11:39 Bonus 18. Pearl Jam/ Nirvana 1:15:34

Petition to Name Black Hole After Chris Cornell Exists

Hello to all the readers, please have a look at the news if you don’t know it yet, this is important!

Full story here and the link to petition here. 54,179 have already signed, including yours truly.

Soundgarden: The Story Behind ‘Jesus Christ Pose’

source: Louder

The story behind Soundgarden’s Jesus Christ Pose

When Grunge Killed Hair-Metal

A VH1 documentary on The Grunge Scene YouTube channel, enjoy watching and check it out, there is a lot of videos about grunge bands there.

Tributes To Chris Cornell Part 4: Megadeth, The Pretty Reckless and Toronto Choir

Another portion of tributes to Chris Cornell, I will post the last episode of his covers next week.

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MEGADETH

Dave Mustaine paid tribute to late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell yesterday at a Megadeth show in Japan with a cover of “Outshined.”

A visibly shaken Mustaine had to start by somewhat patiently explaining to some of his younger fans who Cornell was, and get some of the rowdier fans to stop yelling out requests so he can properly pay tribute.

via Alternative Nation

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The Pretty Reckless opened for Soundgarden during the band’s final shows this past week prior to frontman Chris Cornell’s death, and frontwoman Taylor Momsen sang Audioslave’s “Like a Stone” in honor of Cornell yesterday for a tear filled incredible performance.

Momsen discussed her excitement about opening for Soundgarden in an interview a couple of weeks ago with Alternative Nation reporter Lauryn Schaffner.

“Well we’ve only played with them once before and it was in Quebec City. They were amazing and I love Matt Chamberlain who was playing with them at the time, but I’m very excited to see them with Matt Cameron tonight. It’ll be my personal first time seeing Matt Cameron play, and he’s one of my favorite drummers.

Soundgarden is one of the bands that brought us as a group together, we all bonded over the Beatles and Soundgarden. So when we got the call that we were gonna open for them, I didn’t know what to say. I have no words – we are extraordinarily excited and I hope we don’t disappoint their fans.”

via Alternative Nation

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TORONTO CHOIR

Toronto’s Choir! Choir! Choir! have paid tribute to late singer Chris Cornell with a stirring rendition of Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun.

A total of 225 people gathered in the Canadian city to record the Superunknown track, saying simply: “RIP Chris Cornell. No one sang like you or ever will.”

The choir have previously covered a range of songs, including Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, Bon Jovi’s Livin’ On A Prayer, Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart and Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters.

via Metal Hammer