The battle over the future Soundgarden between the three surviving members of the band and Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky has been raging in the courts since 2019. Vicky claims that as the heir to Chris’ share of the band, she’s entitled to certain things, both in terms of finances and a say in how the band moves forward. The three guys from the group disagree, hence the suits and countersuits.
Last week, Vicky sued the band again over a dispute on how much her share of Soundgarden is worth, alleging that she was offered a US$300,000 buyout for her share immediately after the group sold the rights to Soundgarden’s master recordings for US$16 million. She wants a judge to sort that out.
Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Ben Shepherd have responded.:
“As requested by the Estate of Chris Cornell and as required by the laws of the State of Washington, the surviving members of Soundgarden submitted to the Cornell Estate four months ago a buy-out offer of the Estate’s interests in Soundgarden calculated by respected music industry valuation expert Gary Cohen.
“…The buyout offer that was demanded by the Estate has been grossly mischaracterized and we are confident that clarity will come out in court. All offers to buy out our interests have been unsolicited and rejected outright. For more than a year, Soundgarden’s social media accounts have been hijacked; misleading and confusing our fans. Being a band from Washington State since 1984, we are proud of Soundgarden’s musical legacy, work and career. We look forward to completing the final Soundgarden album.”
Oy vey. This will take a while.