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New Soundgarden Doc Now Just About Chris Cornell

A documentary about Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is in motion, replacing a previously planned film about his band.

Toronto-based Banger Films -- which made celebrated films about Rush and Alice Cooper, among others -- was planning the Soundgarden doc, but the firm's Sam Dunn said in a Q&A on the Banger YouTube channel that he and his partners have changed focus after what he called "a long development phase" with Soundgarden:

"Unfortunately, kind of at the last minute, the one-year line if you will, the plan kind of fell part. Not everyone in the band wanted to make the film. That's the crux of it."

As for Cornell, Dunn said that "this is a guy whose career is obviously a huge part of the Soundgarden story, and vice versa. But also his story goes far beyond Soundgarden, obviously, with Audioslave and then with his own solo project."

There's no word yet on when the Cornell film will be finished and released, however.

Cornell joined Sting over the weekend to perform Police, Soundgarden and Audioslave songs for the Rock 4EB! benefit concert in Malibu.

Meanwhile, Soundgarden has concerts planned for the coming year and is also planning to continue working on a new album to follow-up 2012's King Animal.


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.