Soundgarden and the estate of deceased vocalist Chris Cornell have reached an agreement that’ll finally allow Soundgarden to release their final material with Cornell on vocals. According to a statement from the band, the issue was settled out of court and the material will finally see the light of day sometime hopefully soon.
“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 Soundgarden 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.”
Chris Cornell died by suicide on May 18, 2017. His final effort with Soundgarden was the King Animal album in 2012, though new material was in the works between King Animal and Cornell‘s death.
According to bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron in a 2016 interview, Soundgarden was deep into the writing process for a new album and were plotting a third writing session for that August. “I think we’ve got six solid tunes right now, we’re gonna get together in August for about a week, do more writing, and hopefully got five or six more going at that point. We’re off to a very good start,” said Cameron at the time.
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