It seems crazy that it has already been almost two years since legendary Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell passed away. At the time of his tragic death, he had been working on a new album with the band.
Since then, the remaining grunge icons have gone ahead with the album, aiming to finish the final instalment of Soundgarden’s legendary legacy and honour the late Cornell.
Bad news has just hit, with there being a possibility that the album may not ever be released. Soundgarden has reportedly been banned access to Cornell’s original vocal demo.
In a new interview with Music Radar, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil says the files have been withheld by “unnamed parties.”
“Right now, that’s all kind of stalled,” Thayil says “We tried to get this going two years ago, but we’re not in possession of any of the demos that Chris Cornell was working on with them.”
“We have copies of them, but what we need are the files, so that we’d be able to overdub and finish the record. We are not in possession of those.”
“We’ve asked nicely, we’ve suggested that this will benefit all parties, if the band could just have these files, and we could finish the songs we were working on.”
“But there seems to be some confusion amongst various parties as to what that would entail and how that works, and who that would benefit. And it’s been tiring, you know. And we can’t move on until some future date when someone realises the value of allowing the creative partners to have access to the material.”
It has also been noted that the demos in question are of album-quality, thanks to Cornell’s professional home recording setup.
As disappointing as this news is, fans can still look forward to an anniversary package for their Louder Than Love LP, which will be turning 30 on September 5th. Fas can also get their hands on the 35th-anniversary vinyl reissue series which was launched earlier this year.