Ben Shepherd Returns To Social Media, Is [Very] Active On Instagram

(Post Photo: Soundgarden | Las Vegas 2011 | Jeffgarden.com)

On my boat caterwaulin' on my bday present steelgutkat ( steel string guitar ) yuk yuk. I like as of tonight calling it a steelgutkat This is the place i used to stand for hours on end looking and standing standing and looking. Listening and trying to feel. And trying not to feel , getting balance and trying to find a sanctuary which i had always felt here - which didnt happen due to wildfire smoke and the shooting death by the police of a guy down further in the harbor - Both absolutely disturbing happenings -sanctity and small town 'safe harbor' erased. Especially so close to Chris' death I was frail and freaked shaky like a fawn with a hangover felt so alone i was choking inside and claustrophobic like how an epilogue must feel when book is closing. But i remember the day one day almost a year later when someone i kbew asked me how i doing i said i could see actual direction again see the horizon like a huge huge sky blocking slab five miles thick stone was moved away so the horizon and up or down was visible again Then one day i think a few months into this last summer i finally grabbed one of my cheapo boat guitars and started playing. Not this means fuck all to anyone but if you out there know anyone going through any sort of loss or trauma don't let them suffocate from isolation and loneliness of not being able to relate. There is not enough time to be scared or in awe of love so share love or say what ya need to say , but take it easy on yourself and help others. Spoil yourself by giving and doing whatcha know is right for yourself. Slow down eat that waffle. Get up and walk over to say hey to that person you either knew in high school or that person you never go to know. Listen tough guys you aint got nothin on love, its healing and killing power is the undisputed champeen - anybody can be dismissive or a bully its common and weak very un tough so if i get flak ( sp?) for my ramblings on this instagram page i can hack it - but just be engaged in life please in other words MATTER -is it helping are you helping ? If it is and you are then keep doing it - if not - stop.

Taylor Momsen Posts About Chris On The Anniversary Of The Indianapolis Soundgarden/The Pretty Reckless Show

Posted by Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless on [Instagram]

A year ago today was a day I will never forget. I was sitting outside our dressing room in Indianapolis, when I heard someone say “Taylor?” I looked up to see a man standing there, with the sun blazing behind him, he looked familiar...and then my heart dropped, because it was Chris Cornell. I’d met him a couple times before in passing but here he was, actually talking to me. We spent about 20 minutes chatting about things like singing and their record ‘King Animal’ and how much I loved it. Later that night after we played our show opening for them, we were watching their set from behind the stage when he started talking into the mic, and my heart dropped again when I heard him say our band’s name...twice. He dedicated ‘By Crooked Steps’ to us and we all were as happy as we could ever be. It was magical. Kato was with us that night sharing the experience. We have lost so much this year and it has put our passion for music to the test, but as humans we are all built to handle this pain, it will make us stronger, and we will return, because the music will always live on...

“I'm addicted to feeling, stealing love isn't stealing
Can't you see that I understand your mind?
I'm a walking believer, I'm a ghost and a healer
I'm the shape of the hole inside your heart
Not looking for a brighter side
Crooked steps will take me higher
I don't care if you want to cry” -Chris Cornell

Kevin Westenberg Posts On Instagram About Upcoming A-Sides Vinyl Release

Source: Kevin Westenberg | Instagram

SOUNDGARDEN are currently in the process of releasing the first material since Chris’s untimely passing. Turns out that the initial greatest hits collection, ‘A-Sides’ was never released on vinyl. Now that vinyl is “back”, this album on vinyl will soon be re-released. Of course this makes perfect sense especially for sound quality. Release date TBC. Sourcing new unseen photos and refining the older photos in the original package is now under way with various images being looked at for inclusion. I went through a period 20-25 years ago where I felt that with certain artists, a black background was the purest form of expression. In my mind it was also representative of the anti-white background. This represented the opposite of commerciality, which also allowed visual focus on the artists face, expression and enhanced the dark mood of the era. The void and black space always meant more to me in my earlier works, than the parts of the photo one could see. If there was ever a subject that would fit this prerequisite, it was Soundgarden and my vision of what Soundgarden was for me as a band. This set up was also part of the 18 hour marathon shoot at the Ok Hotel for the DOWN ON THE UPSIDE campaign. Good Times. Photo: Kevin Westenberg.