Surviving Soundgarden Members Start New Social Media Accounts

The remaining members of SoundgardenKim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd — have started new social media accounts under the name Nude Dragons.

The new account doesn’t have a bio, it’s not following anyone and it doesn’t have a profile image either. Its first tweet was posted on June 20, and is a photo of three peoples’ shadows on the ground — more than likely to be that of Thayil, Cameron and Shepherd. Since then, they’ve posted selfies of the three of them together, and the photo credit is always one of the three members.

At the time of publishing this story, the account has 588 followers.

A Reddit user posted the account on the Soundgarden thread, and another fan added that the Nude Dragons Instagram account is followed by Cameron and has been shared on his Instagram story. It’s also followed by late frontman Chris Cornell‘s daughter Lily Silver Cornell, Pearl Jam, Duff McKagan, Taylor Momsen, Eddie Vedder‘s wife Jill and other figures who are close to the band.

An Italian Pearl Jam Twitter fanpage shared a link to the account on June 28. “Please follow @dragons_nude, the only Twitter account that matters about #Soundgarden. #istandwithsoundgarden,” the post read.

See the aforementioned posts below.

“Nude Dragons” is an anagram of Soundgarden, which the band performed under when they made their first public return as a group in 2010. The show, which was their first in 13 years since they disbanded in 1997, was a surprise reunion concert at the Showbox venue in Seattle, Wash. Vedder sometimes wears a Nude Dragons shirt onstage as seen in the photo below, which is designed the in the same font as Soundgarden’s actual logo is.

The latest on Soundgarden is a legal dispute between the remaining members and Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell.

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Taylor Momsen + Matt Cameron Cover Soundgarden’s ‘Halfway There’

The Pretty RecklessTaylor Momsen has expressed her love and admiration for Soundgarden on multiple occasions and on the third anniversary of Chris Cornell‘s death, she’s teamed up with Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron to perform a cover of “Halfway There.”

Momsen and her band The Pretty Reckless had opened for Soundgarden on the band’s final tour before Cornell’s death and delivered an emotional acoustic performance of Audioslave’s “Like a Stone” on tour in New Jersey the day after Cornell’s passing. Momsen also joined the members of Soundgarden during their performance at the 2019 concert event saluting Cornell’s legacy, performing “Rusty Cage” and “Drawing Flies” with the band.

Last fall it was revealed that Matt Cameron had been spending time in the studio with The Pretty Reckless. Momsen posted an update stating, “Wait til you hear this,” referring to the band’s forthcoming album.

For the latest team-up, Cameron sheds his traditional drums, picking up guitar to accompany Momsen and lend harmonizing vocals to “Halfway There.” The track initially appeared on Soundgarden’s 2012 reunion album, King Animal.

Today (May 18) marks the third anniversary of Cornell’s death.

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Soundgarden Countersue Vicky Cornell Over Tribute Show Funds

The legal feud between the surviving members of Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell continues. The three bandmates are countersuing Chris Cornell‘s widow on the grounds that she’s allegedly used the money from a 2019 tribute concert for her own use.

According to documents filed in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida, Miami division, and obtained by Rolling Stone, Matt Cameron, Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherd said they agreed to perform for free at last year’s show – the first time they’d played together since Cornell took his own life in 2017 – with the understanding that revenue generated would go to the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation. But, they claim, the “recipient(s) of the revenue … have not been identified.”

The three surviving Soundgarden members are citing “fraudulent inducement,” meaning that they believe “Vicky Cornell did not have the intention of using some or all of the revenue from the Cornell Concert for charitable purposes, but rather for personal purposes for herself and her family. .. [Her] representation was false, or exhibited recklessness and negligence as to its truth or falsity, for the purpose and intent of inducing Soundgarden into agreeing to perform at the Cornell Concert without compensation.”

They also claim that Vicky, without their permission, has taken control of the group’s social media accounts and that, under the band’s name, “removed fan comments, and has herself posted images and comments to publicly accessible band social media pages. Some of those postings by Vicky Cornell are intended to denigrate the band and surviving band members.”

In a statement, Marty Singer, Vicky Cornell’s lawyer, called the suit “salacious, scurrilous and vicious,” adding that the three musicians received $78,000 for the concert. “As Chris’ former band members are well aware, every single penny of the proceeds generated by the concert were properly allocated and accounted for, and their statements are not only false and defamatory but demonstrate the depths to which Chris’ former bandmates are willing to sink to tarnish his legacy.”

Singer also shot back at the band on the matter regarding his client’s original suit, alleging that the surviving members are withholding seven vocal tracks that reportedly constitute Cornell’s final recordings: “Their transparently desperate counterclaims do not change the fact that they are the ones who have improperly asserted ownership of vocal recordings that were created solely by Chris and that they are the ones who have unlawfully withheld substantial sums of money from Chris’ widow and children.”

Soundgarden responded to Vicky’s suit in the filing, calling it “an offensive recitation of false allegations and accusations. Soundgarden categorically denies every material contention lobbed by Vicky Cornell, who filed her complaint — rashly and without good cause — with the true purpose of extorting Soundgarden into conceding rights to which she is not legally entitled, and of coercing Soundgarden to prematurely distribute Soundgarden funds to her.”

The band is demanding a trial by jury, with all compensation and damages to be determined by the court.

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