SOUNDGARDEN have announced that they have reached an agreement with Vicky Cornell, the widow of lead singer Chris Cornell, regarding the release of recordings made before his death
Earlier today, the following statement was posted to the Chris Cornell and SOUNDGARDEN social media sites: “SOUNDGARDEN and Vicky Cornell, on behalf of the Estate of Chris Cornell, are happy to announce they have reached an amicable out of court resolution. The reconciliation marks a new partnership between the two parties, which will allow fans around the world to hear the final songs that the band and Chris were working on. The two parties are united and coming together to propel, honor and build upon SOUNDGARDEN‘s incredible legacy as well as Chris’s indelible mark on music history – as one of the greatest songwriters and vocalists of all time.”
Back in March of 2021, the remaining members of the group (guitarist Kim Thayil, drummer Matt Cameron and bassist Ben Shepherd) along with their business manager Rit Venerus, filed a complaint in Washington state U.S. District Court claiming that Chris’s widow had locked them out of all their social media accounts, as well as the official band website.
The group said their social media accounts were previously overseen by their management company at the time Patriot Management. They added that they soon found out that Patriot had given Vicky all the login information for the accounts and website upon the company’s termination in October 2019.
The band requested that a judge order Vicky Cornell to release the passwords to them or to include a final posting stating, “SOUNDGARDEN has temporarily suspended its official social media accounts due to pending litigation.”
In December 2019, Vicky Cornell filed a lawsuit against the surviving members of the band, claiming the group owed Cornell’s estate hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid royalties and the rights to seven unreleased recordings made before Chris’s death.
Chris was found dead by self-inflicted hanging in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel in May 2017, following a SOUNDGARDEN concert at the Fox Theatre. His death was ruled a suicide.
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