Soundgarden Bassist Homeless, Broke

Ben Shepherd

I guess this whole Soundgarden reunion business came around at just the right time for bassist Ben Shepherd, who, according to the Toronto Sun, has not even a pot to piss in. He said in a recent interview that he’s broke and “technically homeless.”

I’m sorry, but when it comes to homelessness, there’s not technicalities. You either are or you aren’t. Shepherd says he has been sleeping at friends’ homes after breaking up with his girlfriend recently. “I’ve been sleeping on studio couches and at friends’ houses. I’m totally broke.”

So, I guess that means we all need to go out and buy Telephantasm, the band’s upcoming new compilation disc that has one new song on it. But listen to this: Shepherd says he’s actually living the high life compared to what was going down on the late ‘90s.

“My whole life seemed over. Soundgarden broke up; my other band, Hater, broke up; my fiancee broke up with me, and then I broke three ribs. I got addicted to pain pills, drank a ton, and wound up OD’ing on morphine. I was laid out in my house for five days, and no one knew it. It was a fucking horrible time.”

Jesus. That is fucking sad, man. I hope shit gets better for this dude. Here’s that new Soundgarden track.

Black Rain by soundgardenworld


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