Soundgarden’s remaining members and late leader Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky have resolved their long-running legal conflict, and the band’s final recordings will be made available.
Cornell sued the remaining Soundgarden members and their manager in 2019 for the rights to a number of unpublished songs, alleging she was due “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in royalties.
The dispute was finally resolved earlier in 2021 when a judge determined that there was no proof the band’s remaining members were refusing to pay Cornell royalties.
Meanwhile, the band also sued Cornell in court in 2021, claiming that she had locked them out of the official Soundgarden social media accounts. Cornell filed a separate lawsuit against the band after they tried to buy out her stake in her late husband’s band for what she has called a “ludicrously low” price.
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The band and Cornell have now revealed in a joint statement that they have “reached an amicable out-of-court resolution” and resolved their disagreement.
The statement continued, “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.”
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Chris Cornell passed away on May 18, 2017, by suicide. He had 52 years on him. On the fifth anniversary of his passing, Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine, and the late frontman’s wife Vicky all released new tributes to Cornell.
“Chris, five years we have missed you, you have love, you have peace, you have eternity. Love and peace for all of Soundgarden’s brothers and sisters,” the band said.
The release of a second set of covers that Chris Cornell had recorded before his passing was confirmed by Vicky Cornell last year.
His widow claims that although the late singer did not sequence the new collection, he did master it. Unannounced is the release date.