Soundgarden Reveal ‘Next Step’ For Band After Chris Cornell: ‘We’d Love To Try’


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.”

Soundgarden’s comments came just a day after Nirvana reunited to perform at the Cal Jam festival, with surviving members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear playing hits from Nevermind and In Utero to honor Kurt Cobain. It’s unclear what Soundgarden could do in the future, but the band had a new album in the works and six ‘strong’ songs according to members of the band, even playing one backstage for another musician just a few days before Chris Cornell’s death. Would you like to see Soundgarden finish the album, or possibly regroup for tribute performances like Nirvana in the future, or even fully continue like Alice In Chains? Let us know in the comments section.

  • I’d love to see the songs 👍

  • Olga Stewart

    I’d like to hear what songs they had recorded for the album.

    And that would be it for me.

  • Stone Gossardish

    It’s too soon to revive any of the bands Cornell was in. Any of the 3 that were active at his untimely passing. I would be easier to reboot either of the other two than SG. If it happens organically a few more years down the road, I might be okay with it.

    Finishing any work they had almost done, I’m all for that.

  • DC

    If it helps them heal with new music then do it. Soundgarden could continue with a new singer just like AiC, ACDC, Etc.

  • Mouserat

    I hope they’re not done yet…

  • Brandon Nelson

    i feel the band can go on only if they get Taylor Momsen to sing. Not only is she the biggest Soundgarden fan but she would do it with the respect needed to go on and I feel Chris would approve.

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  • Eric Rasmussen

    It’s no one’s business what they do. If people want to see Soundgarden come back organically, then what they’re doing is right. I believe Kim, Ben and Matt have the best judgment regarding this. If they decide it’s the right thing to do, then it is.

    And I’ll be the first to buy the album. And I’ll be the first to buy a ticket.

  • IrregularJohn

    Just release those 6 songs (provided that they have Chris’ vocals recorded for them) and be done with it.

    Soundgarden is not Soundgarden without Cornell just like Alice In Chains is not Alice In Chains without Staley.

  • Turk

    Release all unreleased music and maybe start a new band with a different name….. Alice in Chains works because Jerry sang a lot of the songs,Duvall provides another element with his guitar…. He is not just a Layne clone…… Sounddgarden was all Cornell vocally…. STP is super-cringey w/o Scott….The dude even dances like him…..