A story from June 20th on Facebook has surfaced of a man named James claiming to have met Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd. In a beautiful act of kindness, the legendary Seattle musician bought James a cup of coffee.
This is the first reported story of Shepherd to surface since Chris Cornell’s death. According to the fan, Shepherd said he ‘used to be’ in a rock band, which if true would confirm many fans suspicions that Soundgarden have disbanded and will not find a new singer in the wake of Chris Cornell’s death.
James wrote, “I met Ben Shepherd this morning from Soundgarden, he bought me a cup of coffee. You can tell he’s hurting. I didn’t know who he was at first. When I asked him what he does, he said I used to be in a rock band. I asked him what band, he said Soundgarden. I didn’t know what to say really. How sad, for him.”
Soundgarden had written new songs for their seventh studio album and were preparing to record studio versions prior to Chris Cornell’s tragic death in May. The band’s final album was 2012’s King Animal.