May 25, 2016


Chris Cornell Claims Ownership of Legendary 'Temple of the Dog' Recordings

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Back in the '90s, when Chris Cornell primarily fronted grunge outfit Soundgarden, he embarked on a little known side-project called Temple of the Dog. The band, which featured Eddie Vedder in addition to future members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, cut a self-titled album in 1991, but until now its master tapes had been locked in a vault by producer Rick Parashar. 

TMZ reported Wednesday (May 25), that a drawn out lawsuit between Cornell, his label A&M records and Parashar's family has finally reached a settlement, and that those vaunted first recordings are now Cornell's property. 

Parashar passed away at the age of 50 in 2014, but the producer's family continued to battle Cornell and A&M for ownership of the Temple of the Dog masters. But now that Cornell and A&M have vested control of the recordings, it's possible that it might be reissued in time for its 25th anniversary, TMZ has learned. 

Cornell is set to embark on a solo tour next month, hitting stops throughout the United States and Canada. Soundgarden, too, is expected to satiate everyone's grunge-hunger pretty soon as well: Last December, Cornell said the band would be working on new material this year