9:43 AM PT — Cornell’s attorney, Marty Singer, tells TMZ, “It is disappointing that Chris’ former band members have now sought to taint his legacy by making numerous false allegations, and that they continue to withhold substantial monies from his widow and minor children (despite using those same funds to pay for their own legal fees).”
He continues, “The issue in this case is not who wrote the songs but rather who owns the specific recordings made solely by Chris while he resided in Florida. We are very confident that the Court will vindicate the rights of Chris’ Estate, and that the case will properly remain in Florida, where Chris resided and recorded the songs that are now the lawful property of his Estate.”
Chris Cornell‘s former bandmates are taking a stand against his widow … insisting she’s got the wrong idea about who owns a bunch of unreleased Soundgarden tunes.
Soundgarden is responding to Vicky Cornell‘s lawsuit, filed last year … claiming ownership of 7 tracks she says she found on Chris’ laptop after his death — but the band says … not so fast!
In new docs, they acknowledge there are unreleased songs but say they — as a band — had been working on them as far back as 2014. As evidence, they point to a February 2017 article where Chris himself spoke to Music Radar about Soundgarden’s new material. He said, “We have a lot of interesting songs.”
The operative word there being, “We” … according to the band. According to the docs, Soundgarden got together in the studio in April 2017 to do more work on the songs. They acknowledge they took a break from polishing the songs later that month … to go on tour.
It was during that tour, in May 2017, that Chris died by suicide.
Further, Soundgarden say they’ve corresponded with Vicky about the songs, and she’s admitted they were the band’s property … not just Chris’ solo work.
They also think she’s filed her lawsuit in the wrong court — a federal court in Florida — because the band is based in Seattle. Therefore, they’re asking a judge to dismiss Vicky’s lawsuit or, at least, force her to refile in the proper district.
Originally Published — 6:34 AM PT