There are unreleased Soundgarden/Chris Cornel songs waiting in the vault, and now this is resulting in Cornell’s widow, Vicky, filing a lawsuit against the band. Reports from TMZ say that Vicki Cornell has claimed that her late husband’s former band is withholding thousands in royalties owed to the frontman’s family.
Vicky Cornell says that there are seven unreleased songs in question, and the legal documents filed describe the situation as an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings created by Chris before he passed away.“
Vicky claims that these are the final recording Chris made and that they were “solely authored by Chris; contain Chris’ own vocal tracks; and bequeathed to Chris’ Estate” for the benefit of his family.
According to reports, Vicky Cornell offered to release the tracks with Soundgarden, but added certain stipulations put in place by Chris – including which producer to use. She claims that the band has refused her request. Soundgarden countered with a letter saying they were “working on the files in a collaborative effort.” The letter apparently lists members of Soundgarden as co-writers with Chris on five of the seven disputed songs.
Vicky Cornell also says Kim Thayil, Soundgarden lead guitarist, falsely claimed that she has kept Soundgarden from releasing another album. She reportedly accuses the guitarist of intentionally misleading the band’s “loyal, rabid fan base,” according to TMZ.