Although two of the three surviving SOUNDGARDEN bandmembers — drummer Matt Cameron and guitarist Kim Thayil — reunited in June for Denmark’s Northside festival as part of a supergroup called MC5, there are no plans for them to re-team with bassist Ben Shepherd as they continue to mourn singer Chris Cornell‘s death.
“We’re just still taking our time and giving ourselves space to process everything,” Cameron told Rolling Stone. “We would certainly love to try to continue to do something, figure out something to do together.”
Shepard added: “On a personal level. We haven’t even gotten a chance to hang out, just us three, yet. … We’re going through natural healing, then thinking about the natural next step.”
Cameron, Thayil and Shepherd attended last night’s (Sunday, October 7) unveiling of a commemorative Chris Cornell statue at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle. The life-size statue, commissioned and donated to the museum by Chris‘s wife, Vicky Cornell, will stand outside MoPOP’s south entrance facing Fifth Avenue North. The statue sculpted by artist Nick Marrasshowcases the rock legend in one of his iconic poses with his signature boots, dog tag, layers and long locks.
The unveiling was followed by a hour-long screening of a 2013 SOUNDGARDENconcert at The Wiltern, captured by the Artist Den, inside MoPOP’s Sky Church.
Cornell was pronounced dead on May 18, 2017 after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room the previous night. SOUNDGARDEN had played a show earlier that evening.
The 52-year-old had sedatives and an anxiety drug in his system on the night he died by hanging himself. According to a completed toxicology report released by Michigan’s Wayne County Medical Examiner, the drugs didn’t contribute to the cause of death.