Soundgarden was one of nine first-time nominees announced today for the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction class, and guitarist Kim Thayil shared his thoughts on the nomination in a new interview with Billboard.
“I thought this is important, especially for the legacy of Soundgarden, and for Chris [Cornell’s] legacy,” said Thayil. “It’s really important now to understand this from the perspective of the fans and to understand Soundgarden as both a current enterprise as well as a posthumous exercise.”
As for what Thayil thought Cornell would think of the honor, he said, “It is very bittersweet. He would be pleased with it. That’s certainly different from where we were maybe in the ’80s and early ’90s, but I know from Chris attending one or two (induction ceremonies) and inducting Heart that he saw the significance of it and saw how important it was to the fans and to the bands being inducted, and he said, ‘Yes, this is very important and it’s cool,’ so he would be very excited.”
The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction class will be announced in January 2020.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, takes place at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio on May 2, 2020.
The Rock Hall fan vote will begin today (October 15) and last through January 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. The top five artists from the fan vote will make up the “fans’ ballot” and be counted among the other ballots from the Rock Hall voting committee. Fans can vote for artists in three different ways:
-By searching “Vote Rock Hall 2020” or any nominee name plus “vote” on Google to cast a vote
-By voting at RockHall.com
-By voting in person at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland