Producer Addresses The Final Material Chris Cornell Worked On

Producer Brendan O’Brien joined an interview with Spin in which he talked about the last material Chris Cornell worked on before he tragically passed away.

Back in summer 2011, Soundgarden began touring North America. One year later, in summer 2012, the band released a new single titled ‘Live To Rise’ and its music video for ‘The Avengers’ soundtrack. They then released their sixth album ‘King Animal’ in November 2012, and received quite positive reviews.

During that time period, Soundgarden continued to tour around the world, and it was announced that they are planning to work on their seventh album. In January 2015, Chris Cornell also announced he is recording a new solo record. Cornell’s last studio album ‘Higher Truth‘ was then released on September 18, 2015.

On Cornell’s 56th birthday, his estate released an unreleased cover of Guns N’ Roses’ 1988 song ‘Patience.’ Following that, on December 11, 2020, the covers album which the cover of ‘Patience’ was featured, ‘No One Sings Like You Anymore, Vol. 1’ was released.

In an interview by Spin, the producer Brendan O’Brien discussed the status of the Soundgarden material which the band was working on prior to Cornell’s death. He said that he has never heard it and never talked about it with Cornell. He then stated that they were working on ‘No One Sings Like You Anymore, Vol. 1,’ and Soundgarden was a separate thing for Cornell. 

Spin‘s Jonathan Cohen asked Brendan O’Brien the following:

“Do you have any idea what the status is of the Soundgarden material the band was working on before Chris died?”

Brendan O’Brien then responded:

“I’ve never heard it. In spite of what may have been said or written, Chris and I never talked about it. We were focused on this record. Soundgarden seemed like a separate thing, which was great by me. I felt good about that. But I’d love to hear it at some point — I really would. I hope they get it figured out.

After Cornell’s heartbreaking death in 2017, the remaining Soundgarden members discussed whether they would move on with a replacement for Cornell, however, the band ended up being dissolved. Although Soundgarden announced they are trying to finish and release an album they were working on with Cornell, they couldn’t manage to do it yet.