Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell have reached an agreement regarding control of the band’s social media channels and their website.
In March, the surviving members of Soundgarden filed documents in Washington state U.S. district court accusing Vicky Cornell, the widow of frontman Chris Cornell, of changing all of the passwords and locking the band out their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo, YouTube, Snapchat, Tumblr, Top Spin and Pinterest accounts, as well as Soundgarden’s official website.
Today (June 16), the following statement was released via Soundgarden’s Instagram account:
“Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell, the personal representative of the Estate of Christopher Cornell, are pleased to announce that, effective June 15, 2021, they have come to a temporary agreement that will transfer the Soundgarden social media accounts and website to the band’s remaining members, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Ben Shepherd and their managers, Red Light Management.
This includes Soundgarden’s website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The agreement marks a productive first step towards healing and open dialogue, and the parties wish for the social media accounts to celebrate the Band’s accomplishments and music, while continuing to honor Chris’ legacy.”
This development is a promising sign for Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell who’ve been engaging in a very public legal back-and-forth since December 2019. In addition to the band’s social media accounts and their website, other issues between the two parties have revolved around assorted demo recordings from Chris Cornell and Soundgarden royalties. These issues are detailed in the gallery below.