Soundgarden’s surviving members Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Ben Shepherd gathered around the statue of their late frontman Chris Cornell on Sunday at the MoPOP museum in Seattle to pose for photos. It’s definitely an emotional visual for Soundgarden fans, who have not seen the surviving members make an official public appearance since their late bandmate and friend’s death.
Q13FOX reports that since announcing plans for the statue, MoPOP and the Cornell family have received an overwhelming response from the community wanting to honor Chris’ life.
“MoPOP serves to celebrate the Seattle music scene and the luminaries who have emerged from the Northwest and Chris was a key figure who has made a lasting impact on generations worldwide,” Jasen Emmons, Artistic Director at MoPOP said.
The decision was made to move the statue unveiling from Wednesday, August 29 to Sunday, October 7 to accommodate crowds.
Following the unveiling footage of Soundgarden’s performance at The Wiltern, captured by the Artist Den, will be screened inside MoPOP’s Sky Church.
You can view photos of Soundgarden with the Chris Cornell statue below.
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