Soundgarden’s guitarist, Kim Thayil, bassist Ben. "[15] Composing is usually done by Shepherd on the guitar, given all other Soundgarden members play that instrument. Released on October 8, 1991, it went double platinum and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance. Rather than the more common practice of synchronizing with the drummer, Shepherd's preference is to play the bass along to the vocals, as "it helps to harmonize. © 2021 Blabbermouth.net January 28, 2019 Jeff Ansari (Post Photo: Soundgarden | Las Vegas 2011 | Jeffgarden.com) Follow Ben On Instagram. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of and See? Fender Factory Special Run Precision Basses - Owns a Deluxe PJ in Seafoam Pearl and an American Special in Honey Burst. Originally released on 12” vinyl as “ A Rooster Says “, yesterday (January 01st) saw the arrival of those covers on streaming services. Trussart Steelcaster Bass - An all-metal bass. His family moved to Allen, Texas, then settled in Kingston, Washington, where Shepherd grew up. Other members of Soundgarden include or have included Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell, Jason Everman, Scott Sundquist, Kim Thayil, and Hiro Yamamoto. He currently resides on Bainbridge Island, Washington. This past May, Thayil, Cameron and Shepherd filed a countersuit in U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida, Miami division, claiming that Vicky Cornell requested in late 2018 that they agree to perform at the "I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell" January 16, 2019 concert in Los Angeles without compensation. 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This page was last edited on 13 December 2020, at 05:49. Fender American Standard Jazz Bass - Ben owns two of these, both in Charcoal Frost Metallic, mostly used during performances with Chris Cornell on Acoustic. Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd talks about the upcoming re-issue of lost classic album "Hater", covering Cat Stevens, and who he would kill. They also insisted that all of the bandmembers, not just Cornell, are owed monies, but none of them will be paid until "expenses are paid and the partnership shares of earnings can be calculated and distributed.". Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron united to form an alt-rock leviathan that veered violently between devastating heaviness and psychedelic wigouts - it’s this transcendent dynamism that’s captured on new concert film Live From The Artists Den, a 29-song, two-and-a-half-hour document of the band’s final stop on their 2013 King Animal tour. He began writing the record in 2009. Following Cornell's suicide in 2017 and a year of uncertainty … Alternative Nation reports that the first story of Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd since Chris Cornell's death has surfaced online, with a fan named James saying: "I … Shepherd would later travel with Nirvana on a tour leading up to the release of Nevermind, being a nominal second guitarist but not playing on stage.[3]. Shepherd once said he penned the music for "Never Named" at the age of sixteen. Shepherd uses GHS Bass Boomers Heavy gauge (50-115), and likes them to be as worn as possible, oftentimes leaving them on for years until they eventually break. The band played its first show in 13 years on April 16, 2010 at Seattle's Showbox theater under the anagram Nudedragons. Then leaving the harbor after the uber was handled. He lost to Jason Everman because he didn't know how to play the songs. "[3], As a singer, Shepherd described himself as "trying to find out who I sound like, not like someone else. In the interview with Spin magazine, Shepherd, when asked where was was living, said, "Nowhere. Shepherd's contributions included two songs which he had written years before and recorded in the eventually stolen demos, "Taree" and "Attrition",[15] and two collaborations with Cornell, "Been Away Too Long" and "Rowing". Ben Shepherd was born in Okinawa Japan … After Vicky Cornell's lawyers threatened Thayil, Cameron and Shepherd with Rule 11 sanctions for filing "shameful and objectively frivolous" claims, they dropped allegations related to the "I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell" benefit concert. "[14] Certain songs have Shepherd using a pick to provide "different textures". Ben’s father, Henry Bennett Shepherd, worked in the Nike missile program, and was born in Camden, Texas. [14], In an August 2010 feature about the Soundgarden reunion with Spin, Shepherd stated that before reuniting he was "totally broke" and was sleeping on friends' couches. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. It's still unclear, as the fiercely private band–Cornell, 32; guitarist Kim Thayil, 36; drummer Matt Cameron, 34; and bassist Ben Shepherd, 28–isn't talking. He along with his wife keeps going out for the vacations. Featured musicians include: Shepherd has two children. The latter of which was heavily influenced by The Beatles and was written after experimenting with mic placement on his Gibson L-50, picking up the guitar and strumming it to find he liked the wildly out of tune sound, making up the song's composition on the spot. BLABBERMOUTH.NET In 1998, he quit Wellwater Conspiracy for unknown reasons. Shepherd also introduced some of the now signature alternate tunings to the band, such as in the singles "The Day I Tried To Live", "My Wave", "Pretty Noose", and "Burden in My Hand". [10][11], Shepherd said that he was the one most affected by Soundgarden's breakup: "my fianceé broke up with me; and then I broke three ribs. Ben Shepherd: Yeah, he was a Nike missile guy. Matt Cameron took over lead vocals. Shepherd was a fan of Soundgarden ever since their early days as a three-piece. does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. Although not an original member of Soundgarden, bassist Ben Shepherd was present for the band's most successful period. A story from June 20th on Facebook surfaced back in August of a man named James claiming to have met Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd. Talking about … I got addicted to pain pills, drank a ton, and wound up OD'ing on morphine. After graduating from high school, he worked as a carpenter and a laborer, and while playing in Tic Dolly Row with drummer friend Chad Channing,[4] introduced him to Novoselic, who went on to bring Channing into his band Nirvana. Most side-project albums by major-label rock musicians come off as curios at best and vain indulgences unworthy of a second listen at worst. Ben Shepherd, Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron of Soundgarden attend the public unveiling of a statue of Chris Cornell at MoPOP on Oct. 7, 2018, in Seattle, Wash. Mat Hayward / … Ben Shepherd (born Hunter Benedict Shepherd on September 20, 1968) is an American musician, best known as the bass player in the grunge band Soundgarden from 1990 until the band's 1997 break-up.. Ben Shepherd first auditioned for the role of bassist in Soundgarden in 1989, to replace Hiro Yamamoto, who had left the band.He was turned down because he could not play the songs well … Shepherd premiered the first single "Baron Robber" on Spin. He as of late has also equipped his basses with stereo output jacks for durability. A second album called The 2nd was recorded in 1995 after Superunknown tour's end, but was not released until 2005, ten years later. Soundgarden helped create the sound of grunge music. All of the band members jointly worked on these final tracks, Vicky now claims ownership of the final SOUNDGARDEN album." According to The Hollywood Reporter, the surviving members of SOUNDGARDEN have dropped their counterclaim against Chris Cornell's widow Vicky Cornell and the Chris Cornell estate regarding a Chris Cornell tribute concert. On his first recording with the band, the studio album Badmotorfinger, Shepherd took part in writing the following songs: "Slaves & Bulldozers" (music, co-written), "Jesus Christ Pose" (music, co-written), "Face Pollution" (music), and "Somewhere" (music and lyrics). For the British historian, see, Soundgarden reunion (2010–2017, 2020-present), sfn error: no target: CITEREFPrato_2009 (. His favored is named "Echo", with his #2 named "Ivan". Shepherd has used the Leo Quan Badass Bass II bridge and continues to use them on almost all his Fenders. 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