Chris Cornell’s Widow Vicky Reacts To Agreement Giving Soundgarden Members The Control Of Their Social Media Accounts
Late Soundgarden lead vocalist Chris Cornell‘s wife Vicky Cornell and remaining members of the band, the lead guitarist Kim Thayil, drummer Matt Cameron, and bassist Ben Shepard shared posts on Instagram announcing the temporary agreement over the social media accounts of Soundgarden, apparently, those accounts now belong to the three members of the band.
There’s no doubt that after the passing of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell on May 18, 2017, at the age of 52, his wife Vicky Cornell and the other members of the band have been battling against each other about pretty much anything related to the band from the band’s royalties, to the social media accounts of the band to a point which Vicky Cornell banned the three members from all of the social media accounts of Soundgarden by changing all the passwords.
While the ongoing dispute seemed to never come to an end, the official Instagram page of Soundgarden recently shared a post announcing that the account will be managed by the band members, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Ben Shepard. Furthermore, the comments about family members of any former or current member will not be tolerated according to the new announcement.
All three members of Soundgarden specifically asked their fans to not discuss their conspiracy theories or accusations on the official Instagram page of the band, if they do, they will immediately be banned from the page which is a decision that shows how both sides agreed on running the page only on the band’s music and the celebration of the members’ music.
Here’s the announcement made by Soundgarden members:
“Hey, Soundgarden friends, fans, and family!
Our site is intended to celebrate the music, achievements, career, and legacy of the band along with news and information about any current and future plans, including relevant solo work. We encourage our fans to share their comments, praise, and criticism, but we do expect these to be appropriate, courteous, and respectful to each other and to the band.
We are super stoked to have our socials return to discussions and posts about being in a f***ing great rock band!! Remember the guitars, drums, vocals, and volume?!!! No more comments about wives, children, exes, significant others, siblings, parents, great aunts, 2nd cousins… etc. of any of the current or former band members… get it?!!”
“It should go without saying, to the adults in the room, that there won’t be any threats, bullying, or mocking of any kind, directed at anyone. Furthermore, don’t post discussions or inane conspiracy theories casting blame for harm to Chris Cornell. If anybody’s comments are inappropriate in these ways, they will be removed.
If anybody’s comments are threatening, bullying, or abusive, or if we have to remove more than one of anybody’s comments, they will lose the opportunity to continue commenting on our site. We admire the character and caliber of all the fans who’ve supported and grown with us over the years, geez…decades!! Keep us proud! Peace and love to our brothers and sisters!!
Right around the time when Soundgarden shared the post on Instagram, Vicky Cornell shared a statement on her official Instagram stories announcing that both sides reached a temporary agreement in which it’s stated that all the social media accounts of Soundgarden including the official website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter will be conducted by the three members of the band as well as their managers, Red Light Management.
In addition to announcing the agreement, Chris Cornell’s wife also stated that these social media accounts will solely be used in order to celebrate Soundgarden’s music and achievements along with valuing the late singer’s legacy which must have been the main aim of both sides of the agreement.
Here’s the announcement made by Vicky Cornell:
“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.”
You can see Soundgarden’s Instagram post and Vicky Cornell’s Instagram story below.