“OB­VI­OUSLY, THERE’S STILL EMO­TIONAL SHAD­OWS AND GHOSTS…”

Kerrang! (UK) - - The Big Story - KIM THAYIL

First up was the afore­men­tioned Bren­dan O’brien (Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Ma­chine, AC/DC), who fa­mously joined forces with Chris many times from the mid-’90s on, work­ing on ev­ery­thing from Soundgarden’s 1994 smash Su­pe­run­k­nown, to his fi­nal solo al­bum, 2015’s Higher Truth. Bren­dan had also re­port­edly worked with Chris for a po­ten­tial record of cover ver­sions, which, un­for­tu­nately, never ma­te­ri­alised.

Vicky also sought the help of Pearl Jam bassist and Tem­ple Of The Dog band­mate Jeff Ament, who cre­ated the strik­ing pack­ag­ing for the re­lease. Given that Jeff de­scribed Chris Cor­nell’s le­gacy as “one of the best ever” when Ker­rang! last caught up with him back in May (K!1722), it’s no sur­prise he jumped at the chance to get in­volved in this new box set.

In our in­ter­view, Jeff went on to re­flect on the pass­ing of his friend: “I think we’re all still try­ing to un­der­stand the whys and hows. We just miss him.” Jeff also praised his fi­nal-ever live per­for­mances with Chris as Tem­ple Of The Dog, hav­ing per­formed to­gether once more at their re­u­nion gigs two years prior.

“The shows were so beau­ti­ful,” Jeff said. “I think every­body was play­ing at such a high level, a level we wouldn’t have been able to play at when we made that record [Tem­ple Of The Dog, 1991]. There was just some­thing so pos­i­tive and, not to use the word over and over again, but beau­ti­ful [about those shows], it makes it even harder to think that we’ll never do it again. I feel even worse for Matt [Cameron], Kim [Thayil] and Ben [Shep­herd, bass], and the guys in his other bands, and that’s not to men­tion his wife and kids. That’s al­most in­com­pre­hen­si­ble.”

Mean­while, over in Chris Cor­nell’s home­town of Seat­tle, a cel­e­bra­tion of the mu­si­cian and his in­cred­i­ble work will be tak­ing shape in the form of a life-sized bronze statue, cre­ated by sculp­tor Nick Mar­ras, which will be dis­played at a cer­e­mony on Oc­to­ber 7.

Orig­i­nally sched­uled for a pub­lic un­veil­ing on Au­gust 29, Vicky Cor­nell con­firmed that the cer­e­mony was go­ing to have to be pushed back, due to the “over­whelm­ing re­sponse from the Seat­tle com­mu­nity and fans”, and the un­der­stand­able ex­pec­ta­tion that large crowds will be in at­ten­dance to hon­our the Seat­tleite. “Even though Chris’ mu­sic touched the lives of mil­lions around the world, there is no bet­ter place than Seat­tle to hon­our and cel­e­brate both his con­tri­bu­tion to mu­sic his­tory, as well as Seat­tle’s unique place in pop­u­lar mu­sic, with an en­dur­ing sym­bol of a beloved artist, fa­ther and hus­band,” Vicky said in a heart­felt state­ment. “Our chil­dren and I are deeply moved by the con­tin­ued out­pour­ing of love, com­pas­sion and sup­port, and this is our gift to the Mu­seum Of Pop Cul­ture and to Seat­tle – our gift back to the tight-knit com­mu­nity that gave him his start.” Fol­low­ing the un­cov­er­ing of the statue, there will also be a screen­ing of Live From The Artists Den: Soundgarden – footage taken from the band’s per­for­mance at The Wil­tern in Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia. mem­bers Soundgarden Re­main­ing of are at­tend set to to host this screen­ing, spe­cial and will pre­sum­ably be tak­ing part in the pub­lic statue un­veil­ing, too. Kim Thayil chat­ted to Bill­board ear­lier this month about his fallen band­mate, and ad­mit­ted that he “wasn’t sure” if he was ready to play live again so soon after Chris Cor­nell’s death, hav­ing re­cently headed out on the road as part of the MC5 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

“[Gui­tarist and MC5 co-founder] Wayne Kramer asked if I wanted to play, and my jaw dropped,” Kim ad­mit­ted. “I thought two things – ‘Am I ready to come out of the foetal po­si­tion?’ and then ‘How could I be any more ready than this op­por­tu­nity to play with what I con­sider to be my favourite band?’”

Kim also spoke about Soundgarden’s fi­nal per­for­mance to­gether in Detroit on May 17, be­fore Chris’ death in the early hours of the fol­low­ing morn­ing. “I thought the show was good,” he told Bill­board. “I re­mem­ber Chris had just got­ten in [to town] and was a lit­tle tired and his voice was a lit­tle rough, but by about the fourth or fifth song it kicked in and then it was just, like, su­per amaz­ing – beau­ti­ful, clear and strong and, I thought, par­tic­u­larly emo­tive.” Of his emo­tional re­cov­ery fol­low­ing the death of his friend, Kim con­tin­ued: “Ev­ery­thing has im­proved day by day. Ob­vi­ously, there’s still emo­tional shad­ows and ghosts. Like any­thing else, it’s some­thing that im­proves with time.” For fans too, the loss of Chris Cor­nell still hasn’t sunk in – and it prob­a­bly never will. Nev­er­the­less, we’re grate­ful to hear his voice once more. His words will live on in mu­sic for­ever. the box set ‘CHRIS COR­NELL’ IS RE­LEASED ON NO­VEM­BER 16 ON BE­HALF OF THE CHRIS COR­NELL ES­TATE via UMG Record­ings. see ker­rang.com for more in­for­ma­tion

Chris Cor­nell: 1964-2017

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