Soundgarden Reveal Future Plans, Will Chris Cornell Be Replaced?

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Kim Thayil has appeared to declare Soundgarden disbanded in a new Seattle Times interview, stating that the band was ‘the four of us.’ He said carrying on as Soundgarden without Cornell wasn’t something they’d ‘give reasonable consideration to at this point.’

He left the future a bit more open ended, but said it would be ‘likely nothing.’ He did say many new Soundgarden releases are in the works, including unreleased material, and that he will continue to work with Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron.

As for Soundgarden’s future, Thayil says more releases are in the works. Thayil is managing the band’s catalog, working with Sub Pop on possible compilations, live albums and other unreleased material, as well as discussing potential projects with A&M. While Thayil plans to continue making music with Cameron and bassist Ben Shepherd (among other friends), writing or touring under the Soundgarden banner again seems doubtful. “No, I don’t think that’s anything we’d give reasonable consideration to at this point,” Thayil says. “When I say ‘at this point,’ I mean perhaps ever [laughs].”

Pressed for more, he adds: “I don’t know really what kind of thing is possible or what we would consider in the future. It’s likely nothing. The four of us were that. There were four of us and now there’s three of us, so it’s just not likely that there’s much to be pursued other than the catalog work at this point.”

Soundgarden were working on a new album at the time of Chris Cornell’s death, with ‘six strong songs’ written. It’s unclear if Thayil’s mention of unreleased material had to do with the King Animal followup material.

Surviving Soundgarden members Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron did their first joint interview since Chris Cornell’s death with Rolling Stone on Sunday, and they dropped hints at playing together again in the future.

“We’re just still taking our time and giving ourselves space to process everything,” Cameron said. “We would certainly love to try to continue to do something, figure out something to do together.”

“On a personal level,” Shepard said, “We haven’t even gotten a chance to hang out, just us three, yet. … We’re going through natural healing, then thinking about the natural next step.”

  • Trovoid

    I’m glad Kim is managing their catalog and has plans to release material. I hope we get some vintage SG concert footage in high quality and a documentary or unreleased interviews. I also want to hear those 15 early songs they never released along with the songs that were intended for their new album. We really don’t need any more compilations/greatest hits albums.

    • Olga Stewart

      I would be happy to both hear and watch everything that you mentioned in your comment.

      And if the three guys were to form another group in order to work on something, I would listen to that.

      But I just feel that Soundgarden ended when Chris passed away.

      • Trovoid

        Yep, these is no question about that. I trust those guys when it comes to Soundgarden’s legacy. Everyone online has been discussing the band’s future possibilities and I immediately shut those rumors down. Real fans are aware of the band’s integrity. They would never go on without Chris.

        • Olga Stewart

          I know that there have been other bands who have went on with a new lead singer (after the previous lead singer passed on).

          And it had worked.

          But I just feel that with Soundgarden that it would never work.

          Even if the new singer had great vocal ability, they will never have Chris’s stage presence, charisma, and charm.

          • Trovoid

            Well said. Soundgarden is different as Chris is irreplaceable. There are singers with his vocal range but hardly any can project their voice the way he did. And nobody is as charismatic or can touch his lyrics/songwriting skills (considering he was the main songwriter in SG). He was one in a million.

          • Olga Stewart

            Plus, there was a bond between all of the guys in Soundgarden.

            Not just because of the music but also because of who they were as people.

            If someone new were to come along, the bond wouldn’t be broken. But I think the person might have a bit of an uphill battle to find his or her place within the group.

          • Trovoid

            Exactly. They have a bond and chemistry that dates back to the mid-80s. I agree completely.

  • Rizz

    class and dignity. thank you kim.