According to a report from Billboard.com, U.S. District Judge Michelle Peterson, working on the case between Vicky Cornell against the surviving members of Soundgarden, says there’s no evidence the band is withholding royalties from Chris Cornell’s widow. A federal judge in Washington state is recommending the court toss out two of Vicky Cornell’s six claims against the remaining members of Soundgarden, her late husband Chris Cornell’s band, so far.
Less than one week after Vicky Cornell lodged another lawsuit against the surviving members of Soundgarden, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron, have responded to the suit in reference to unreleased material from Chris Cornell. In her lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, Cornell said that the living members of the band offered her “the villainously low figure of less than $300,000,” despite having allegedly received a $16 million offer from an outside music investor for Soundgarden’s master recordings. Cornell died via suicide in 2017. Soundgarden’s last studio album was King Animal, released in 2012 on Republic Records.
According to TMZ, late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell, has again sued the surviving members of the band over the buyout price for her stake in the band. She had previously launched a lawsuit against the band over the masters Chris recorded that were meant to be songs for the final Soundgarden album, which was in progress when Chris died. She may be vying to put these songs out as a solo release from the late signer/songwriter. Cornell died via suicide in 2017 at age 53.
In December 2020, the estate of late Soundgarden, Temple of The Dog, Audioslave, and solo artist Chris Cornell, managed by his second wife Vicky Cornell, released No One Sings Like You Anymore: Volume One (Ume), an album of mostly unreleased cover songs. Initially reported to be “the final solo recordings of Chris Cornell”, that idea was backtracked as more Cornell songs have been uncovered. Speaking to “The Rizzuto Show” on the 105.7 The Point radio station, Vicky said that there is much more music from Chris on the way. “There is a volume two,” she said (hear audio below). “The thing with this volume one, though, that makes it special is that he mastered it, he sequenced it — this is all Chris from beginning to end. And the other one was mastered, not sequenced, volume two. And then, because he was just such a prolific writer, we’re blessed, because he has left us lots of music. Not in completely finished form, but there’s enough to work with, and the Cornell stamp is all over it. So that’s really special. So there’s a lot of music.” As we previously reported, Vicky is also in a lawsuit against the surviving members of Soundgarden over the unreleased material that was meant to be Chris’ contribution to the final Soundgarden album.
Guns N Roses has shared new footage of part of the band’s 2019 performance at Exit 111 Festival! Exit 111 was held in Manchester, Tennessee, and was on hiatus for 2020, before the pandemic happened to improve the grounds for 2022. The 32-minute clip is part of the Gunners web series- “Not In This Lifetime Selects” featuring highlights from their “Not In This Lifetime” tour. The mostly sold-out tour for the last four years has been one of the highest-grossing tours of all time. GNR is said to be working on new music for a hopeful 2021 release. Check out our review of Exit 111 fest here. Watch the band cover Soundgarden, Wings, and Bob Dylan.
Last week the estate of Chris Cornell surprise dropped a covers album, touted to be the final studio recordings of Chris, No One Sings Like You Anymore. Recorded by Chris in 2016, the LP features his renditions of John Lennon’s “Watching The Wheels”, Ghostland Observatory’s “Sad Sad City”, Harry Nilsson’s “Jump Into The Fire”, Carl Hall’s “You Don’t Know Nothing About Love”, Electric Light Orchestra’s “Showdown”, Terry Reid’s “To Be Treated Rite”, Lorraine Ellison’s “Stay With Me Baby” (originally released for HBO’s show “Vinyl”), “Get It While You Can”, popularized by Janis Joplin, and a new studio recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U”, written by Prince. Chris’s cover of Guns N’ Roses’ “Patience.” As reported by Blabbermouth.net, in a new interview with USA today promoting the album, Vicky Cornell was asked if more of Chris’ music would see the light of day.
Yesterday, Alice In Chains was awarded the prestigious Founders Award from Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop). They were celebrated for their 30-year career by a cadre of their friends and peers playing AIC covers from the Rock and Metal world such as Metallica, Korn, Mastodon, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, and Fishbone, as well as members of Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, and others. Alice In Chains also performed their first show since the end of their tour cycle for 2018’s Rainier Fog album in 2019. The event was This year’s celebration was broadcast virtually on Amazon Music’s Twitch Channel watched by more than 275,000 people and raised over $600,000 USD. Watch Metallica and Korn covering “Would?” and the entire show as well.Continue reading
Alice In Chains is being honored by Seattle’s MoPop Museum of Pop Culture on December 1st, and the band will be celebrated by a cadre of their peers, as well as hold their first performance of 2020. Korn, Metallica, Mastodon, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction, and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana are among the artists who will take part in virtual tribute performances when AIC is presented with this year’s Museum Of Pop Culture (MoPOP) Founders Award. The full list of presenters (virtually) is listed below. Continue reading
Ghost Cult scratched one off the interview bucket list recently by chatting with Andy Gibbs of Thou! We talked all about Thou’s new collaborative album with Emma Ruth Rundle – May Our Chambers Be Full (read our review here), due out on October 30th via Sacred Bones. Andy candidly chatted about writing with Emma, long in the works and put into fruition via Walter Hoeijmakers of Roadburn, how the band and Emma complemented each other, the concepts delved into the album, working with photographer Craig Mulcahy, their hoped-for joint tour and festival plans for the album getting ruined by covid-19, the bands’ penchant for covers and slowing down on them in the future, and what the next phase of Thou music might look like. Purchase the album here and listen to our chat.
Roadburn Festival, largely due to the impetus of its main organiser and curator Walter Hoeijmakers, has often acted as a hub for all manner of interesting collaborations between artists who sit in the arty or experimental corners of the heavy music world. May Our Chambers Be Full (Sacred Bones) the new collaboration album from Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou, is the latest creation which owes a debt to the festival, conceived as it was in the wake of the two artists’ joint set at 2019’s Roadburn.Continue reading