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Chris Cornell Issues Statement On Temple Of The Dog Master Tapes Lawsuit

Soundgarden's Chris Cornell is weighing in on the controversy over who owns the master tapes for the Temple of the Dog album he recorded with members of Pearl Jam in 1990.

A&M Records, which released the album in 1991, is suing London Bridge Studios owner Raj Parashar, who currently holds the tapes and claims they belong to him.

In a statement on Tuesday (April 14), Cornell sided with the label, noting that, "A&M Records paid for the recordings and the use of the studio. For (Parashar) to pretend he has a right to keep the recordings makes no more sense than the owner of a laundromat claiming he owns the clothes you washed in his washing machine."

It's expected that A&M wants the tapes to use for a 25th anniversary edition of the album next year.

Temple of the Dog was formed to pay tribute to Andrew Wood, the singer in the Seattle band Mother Love Bone, who died from a heroin overdose in 1990; Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament were members of Mother Love Bone before launching Pearl Jam, and PJ frontman Eddie Vedder makes a guest appearance on the album, which was produced by Parashar`s brother, Rick Parashar. The single "Hunger Strike" sold more than a million copies.

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.