Soundgarden’s surviving members Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd have regained control of their website and social media channel, which they’ll now run with their managers, Red Light Management. Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell was in control of the account.
“The agreement marks a productive first step towards healing and open dialogue, and the parties wish for the social media accounts to celebrate the Band’s accomplishments and music, while continuing to honor Chris’ legacy,” Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell said in a statement.
Thayil, Cameron and Shepherd posted today: “Hey Soundgarden friends, fans and family! Our site is intended to celebrate the music, achievements, career and legacy of the band along with news and information about any current and future plans, including relevant solo work. We encourage our fans to share their comments, praise and criticism, but we do expect these to be appropriate, courteous and respectful to each other and to the band.
“We are super stoked to have our socials return to discussions and posts about being in a great ROCK BAND!! Remember the guitars, drums, vocals and volume?!!! No more comments about wives, children, exes, significant others, siblings, parents, great aunts, 2nd cousins… etc. of any of the current or former band members… get it?!!
“It should go without saying, to the adults in the room, that there won’t be any threats, bullying or mocking of any kind, directed at anyone. Furthermore, don’t post discussions or inane conspiracy theories casting blame for harm to Chris Cornell. If anybody’s comments are inappropriate in these ways, they will be removed. If anybody’s comments are threatening, bullying or abusive, OR if we have to remove more than one of anybody’s comments, they will lose the opportunity to continue commenting on our site.
“We admire the character and caliber of all the fans who’ve supported and grown with us over the years, geez…decades!! Keep us proud! Peace and love to our brothers and sisters!! XO SOUNDGARDEN”.