"The reconciliation marks a new partnership between the two parties, which will allow Soundgarden fans around the world to hear the final songs that the band and Chris were working on."
Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell, the wife to the late, great music icon Chris Cornell, have reached a settlement after a long-standing legal dispute.
Last month, the judge on their case, Judge Lasnik, told legal representatives at Law360 that the ongoing lawsuits are a "terrible distraction" that risks tarnishing the legacy of Soundgarden.
“She has her reasons for doing what she’s doing to protect herself and her children," Lasnik said.
“You may disagree with those, and the band members may see it in a completely different way, but we have to get past the personal attacks if we want to really try to come to a resolution that provides for the best for her and her children and the best for the band.”
He also told both parties, “I am hoping you will heed my observation that this [legal battle] doesn’t do anyone any good in the long run.”
Chris Cornell isn't just regarded as the most memorable singer to surface out of the grunge music movement, but one of the greatest rock singers of all time.
Since Chris Cornell’s tragic passing in 2017, Vicky and Soundgarden have butted heads in a long-running legal dispute that halted Chris’s final recordings from being released. In a new statement shared to the band and Chris Cornell’s social media accounts, the parties revealed that they settled their issues and found an “out-of-court resolution”.
The full statement reads, "Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell, on behalf of the Estate of Chris Cornell, are happy to announce they have reached an amicable out-of-court resolution.
"The reconciliation marks a new partnership between the two parties, which will allow Soundgarden fans around the world to hear the final songs that the band and Chris were working on.
"The two parties are united and coming together to propel, honor [sic] and build upon Soundgarden's incredible legacy as well as Chris's indelible mark on music history — as one of the greatest songwriters and vocalists of all time."
As Complete Music Update reports, in 2019, Vicki Cornell took the band to court, accusing them of withholding royalties from her late husband’s estate. Another lawsuit took place in 2021, with Vicki and Soundgarden arguing over her share of the business.