The statue memorialzing late frontman Chris Cornell brought together the surviving members of Soundgarden for the first time since Cornell's death.
We shared video earlier this week of Chris Cornell's wife and children helping the Seattle Museum of Pop Culture unveil a statue erected in tribute to the late Soundgarden frontman. What we missed was that the occasion brought Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron together as well.
Cornell died by suicide on May 18, 2017. Kim Thayil spent time since then touring with Wayne Kramer's MC50 (celebrating 50 years since Detroit's legendary band MC5 hit the scene) and credits Kramer with helping him mourn Cornell. Ben Shepherd has kept a relatively low profile. And Matt Cameron has Pearl Jam to keep him busy.
Rolling Stone gathered some quotes from the former Soundgarden dudes on the occasion.
We’re just still taking our time and giving ourselves space to process everything. We would certainly love to try to continue to do something, figure out something to do together.
On a personal level, we haven’t even gotten a chance to hang out, just us three, yet. … We’re going through natural healing, then thinking about the natural next step.
And Kim Thayil said this to Billboard during a conversation about MC50:
We (Ben, Matt, and Kim) often reference rock history and we've often commented on what other bands in similar situations have done... not as a plan or anything but just commenting on how bands have handled situations like this and what bands seem to have been graceful and dignified in how they manage their future musical endeavors and how some maybe were clumsy and callous. We think about those things. We try not to go too deep into these conversations, but stuff comes up after a few beers.
We can be sure that Kim, Ben, and Matt will put a ton of thought into whatever's next for Soundgarden.