The first new photo of Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd since Chris Cornell’s funeral has surfaced (via Jeffgarden), and it is a touching picture of him with Chris’ brother Peter Cornell.
Peter wrote on social media, “Brother of my Brother. Brother to my family. Showed up with gifts in hand. A loyal gentleman. Thanks Ben Shepherd for the Bainbridge Island hospitality. Much Love old Friend!”
A story from June 20th on Facebook surfaced back in August 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.
At the time, it was 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 called Soundgarden.
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.