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Chris Cornell Talks Soundgarden’s Musical Legacy; Says Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Owes Him $40,000

Image courtesy of Facebook.com/Soundgarden (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/Soundgarden (via ABC News Radio)

It’s taken 15 long years, but on Tuesday Soundgarden finally release their first new studio album in a decade and a half, King Animal .  Frontman Chris Cornell says that despite the exceptionally long hiatus, he didn’t feel any pressure while recording the album.

“We have a fan base that knows who we are,” Cornell tells ABC News Radio.  “We don’t really have to compete with other bands, there’s no other version of what we do, so there’s no pressure really at all except for we have a musical legacy and whatever we do now, has to live up to that.  And that’s a pressure that I suppose we put on ourselves.”

A few months ago, The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan slammed Soundgarden for making King Animal , claiming that their decision to reunite was motivated solely by money.  “I was a fan of Soundgarden, but call [ King Animal ] for what it is,” Corgan told a Filipino publication.  “They’re just out there to have one more round at the till.”

Now, Cornell has fired back at Corgan saying he remembers a time when money was very important to the Pumpkins frontman.  “When Billy Corgan was completely broke, I got him a movie deal with [director] Cameron Crowe where he made $40,000,” Cornell tells ABC News Radio.  “He was very happy about that, and he was specifically happy about the $40,000.  So next time you see him, tell him owes me my $40,000 back.”

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