PODCAST: Episode 126: John Connolly of Sevendust on “Blood and Stone”

Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with John Connolly of Sevendust to chat about their new album, Blood and Stone, releasing on October 23rd, 2020 via Rise Records. We discussed the making of the new album, releasing new music during this uncertain time, the more adult themes of the band’s music these days, how the band approaches songwriting, working with producer Elvis Baskette, the decision to cover Soundgarden’s “The Day I Tried To Live” and how they almost didn’t go through with it and more. Purchase the album here and listen to our chat right now. 

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The Statue of Chris Cornell at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) Vandalized.

 

Seattle station KIRO 7 News reported that Late Thursday night (August 20), the beloved statue of local and music legend Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of The Dog, solo) was vandalized. It was painted white. Cornell died on May 18th 2017. Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky released a statement via the late singer’s social media. She wrote: “My children and I are heartbroken to learn of the vandalization of Chris’s statue at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. The statue is not only a work of art but a tribute to Chris, his incomparable musical legacy and everything that he stood for. It represents Chris, who is beloved not only in Seattle, but worldwide.

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Listen to Sevendust Cover Soundgarden’s “The Day I Tried To Live”

Sevendust has released a new single and lyric video for a new cover of Soundgarden’s 1990s classic song, “The Day I Tried To Live”. The track is a tribute to Chris Cornell, who died in 2017. The song is their first new music since the band released All I See is War, via Rise Records in 2018. Sevendust’s version of “The Day I Tried To Live” was produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette, and the lyric video for the song was created by Wayne Joyner (known for his work with Dream Theater).  Continue reading

Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of The Dog) Died Three Years Ago

Even though three years have passed, we still miss the voice and spirit of Chris Cornell, who passed away three years ago. The tributes continue pouring in and his widow Vicky continues raising public awareness for mental health and suicide prevention causes. There has rarely been a talent like Chris in the music world, with both solo success, and acclaim with three different bands such as Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog, and his immense solo catalog. If you are having mental health and emotional issues, know that you are loved and valued. Please, don’t be afraid to seek help. Continue reading

Soundgarden Claps Back in the Lawsuit over Chris Cornell’s Royalties and Final Songs

In a story we first reported and have been following, according to a published report by Rolling Stone, the surviving members of Soundgarden have denied Vicky Cornell’s claims that the band is withholding royalties of Chris Cornell’s from her and also denied her claim that she is the sole owner of several recordings Cornell worked on before his death in a new court filing. Cornell died from suicide on May 18th 2017. According to the report, “The motion, filed Tuesday and obtained by Rolling Stone, is a response to a lawsuit Vicky Cornell filed last December against her late husband’s former bandmates, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd, and the band’s business manager, Rit Venerus. Vicky accused the band of withholding royalties from the Cornell family to force her to turn over a handful of recordings made before Cornell’s death.” Continue reading

Chris Cornell’s Wife Sues Soundgarden Members Over Royalties and Rights to Music

In a new report by TMZ Chris Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell has filed a lawsuit that claims the remaining living members of Soundgarden are withholding hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties owed to her and Chris’s minor children. She calls the move an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings created by Chris before he passed away.” Interest in new music is said to be high from their fanbase, and the band is currently nominated for entry into the 2020 class of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. 

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Watch Lizzy Hale Cover Soundgarden’s “My Wave” in Nashville with Slider

Lizzy Hale of Halestorm jumped on stage last weekend with Nashville rockers Slider to cover Soundgarden’s ‘My Wave’ live at the Basement club in their hometown of Nashville.  The track comes from 1994’s Superunknown (A&M Records) album. Lizzy and other members of Halestorm are supportive of underground bands in the region and often jump on stage for covers and originals. Watch the fan-filmed video now! Continue reading

New Soundgarden Biography,from Journalist and Author Greg Prato, Out Now

A new book tracking the rise and career of Soundgarden is out now from respected music journalist and author Greg Prato ( Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon, and Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets). Dark Black and Blue: The Soundgarden Story is out now for purchase and tells the Seattle band’s complete story – beginning with its members’ pre-SG days, all the way to today. Also featured are all-new interviews for the book, including chats with Matt Pinfield, Phil Anselmo, and Marky Ramone, among others, as well as rarely seen photos from throughout the band’s history. The book also analyzes their catalog and covers frontman Chris Cornell’s tragic death in 2017. The 453-page paperback book is priced at $19.99 and the Kindle digital version is $9.99, and either can be purchased at the links below. Continue reading

Watch Vocal Coach Beth Roars Analyze Temple of The Dog’s “Say Hello To Heaven”

Vocal teacher,YouTuber, and Podcaster Beth Roars is the originator of awesome videos breaking down the singing technique on scores of popular and underground artists from all genres. Watch her breakdown Chris Cornell’s iconic vocal lines on Temple of The Dog’s classic’Say Hello To Heaven’. Continue reading

Remembering Chris Cornell – 1964 – 2017

Two years ago Chris Cornell passed away leaving a huge loss in the world. The legacy he left behind with bands like Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave, as well as his chart-topping solo career will never be dimmed. Tributes to Cornell are ever present with a statue unveiled this year,  his wife Vicky raising public awareness for mental health and suicide prevention causes wit ha foundation and a documentary in the works. We will miss and mourn him forever. Check out some Cornell greatest hits Continue reading