Soundgarden Reunite For First Time Since Chris Cornell Tragedy

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Soundgarden’s three surviving members Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron were photographed together on May 22nd in Seattle. This is the first time they have been photographed together since Chris Cornell’s death on May 18, 2017.

Cameron and Thayil are playing together in MC50 soon, while Shepherd has not played live in the last year, and has rarely been photographed since 2017, though he was seen last year with Chris Cornell’s brother Peter.

See the beautiful photos below posted by Sara Bennet that will surely put smiles on the faces of Soundgarden fans who are still mourning the loss of Chris Cornell.

Sara wrote, “Images of Yesterday – I love my Soundgarden family so much. It was so extremely wonderful to get to see so many of them last night. We sorely missed those who could not join us. Bringing everyone together was a long time coming and just what we needed. Best family reunion ever.”

Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron has shared a new photo of himself rehearsing with Kim Thayil for MC50’s upcoming performances. He wrote on Instagram: “#MC50 ready for liftoff.”

Thayil and Cameron are rehearsing with Wayne Kramer and friends for the MC50 tour. Thayl will serve as a guitarist on the tour, while Cameron will be a special guest next month.

Cameron will perform at Northside Festival in Denmark on June 8th, 2018 as a special guest with MC5.

To celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of Kick Out the Jams, the legendary guitarist Wayne Kramer has gathered a new band around him, which he calls the MC50. The band will this summer go on the road with a setlist with all eight songs from the debut album plus favorites from MC5’s back catalog, and the band behind Kramer is pretty remarkable. It features guitarist Kim Thayil from Soundgarden, Don Was on bass and Marcus Durant from Zen Guerrilla on vocals.

Cameron and Thayil made their first public appearance together since Chris Cornell’s death last fall to support Vicky Cornell at a Human Rights Watch charity dinner as she accepted an award on behalf of her late husband.

#MC50 ready for liftoff.

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  • Cristiann

    Awww. ♥️

    This is wonderful — it makes me happy to see Ben with Kim and Matt again. They look to be in good spirits too. I’ve been having a rough time lately and I actually feel a little better after looking at these pictures. I hope we will see them hang out more in the future. 🙂

    • Lee Hasselbeck

      It seemed Ben was having a particularly hard time with it. It’s very nice to see him smile again

  • Raj

    Great to see Ben and Kim and Matt together again and Ben smiling.

  • Christina Hurst

    Although it appeared to be a happy reunion. It made me sad to see 3 and not 4.

  • Olga Stewart

    While I appreciate the photos, I don’t appreciate how you steal your article content from other sites and forums.

    Please learn to write an original article, Brett.

  • MWPP294

    Chris Cornell probably killed himself because he finally woke and realized what a bunch of shitty ass music grunge and didn’t want to associate himself with these gay ass Seattle faggots any longer.