Questions & Answers

MEMBERS

Q:
What are the band members' birth dates?
A:
KIM THAYIL 9/4/60
MATT CAMERON 11/28/62
CHRIS CORNELL 7/20/64
BEN SHEPHERD 9/20/68

Q:
What ever happened to Hiro Yamamoto, Soundgarden's first bass player?
A:
Hiro left the band in 1989, shortly after 'LOUDER THAN LOVE' was released. He decided to finish school and pursue other musical interests. Hiro is currently playing for the Seattle based band Truly. Truly has recorded two albums for Capitol records.

Q:
Who is Jason Everman?
A:
Jason Everman is the bass player that replaced Hiro Yamamoto. He played with Soundgarden for six months of their touring in support of 'LOUDER THAN LOVE'. At that time Ben Shepherd, Soundgarden's current bassist, joined the ranks and finished the tour.
He's got his own band called Mind Funk.

 

BAND

Q:
Where did the band get the name Soundgarden?
A:
The band got their name from a sculpture titled 'The Sound Garden '. The Sound Garden sculpture sits near the banks of Lake Washington where it creates music as the wind blows through its individually tuned hollow pipes.

Q:
What was Temple Of The Dog? Will they ever make another album?
A:
Chris Cornell penned two songs in tribute to his friend Andrew Wood, singer of Seattle's Mother Love Bone, after Andrew's untimely death in March of 1990. Later, Chris asked Andy's former band mates, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard if they would like to record the songs with him. Eventually, Matt Cameron and Mike McCready rounded out the session and once the four started to Jam together two songs flowed into the ten songs that can be heard on the Temple of the Dog album. Eddie Vedder can also be heard lending additional vocals to three songs on the album. Temple of the Dog was released in April of 1991 and has no plans to record again.
to learn more about TOTD, click here

Q:
What is Hater?
A:
Hater is a project band put together by Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron of Soundgarden and features a rotating roster of Seattle friends and musicians. In early 1993, Hater released a ten song album on A&M records aptly titled 'Hater '. This SG side project has also contributed one track to 'Hempilation', a compilation album to benefit NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) released on Capricorn records in September, 1995. Since then they made few shows, created some new songs, but in 1998 they decided to abandon that project.

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