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Is Audioslave Reuniting This Weekend?

Chris Cornell is set to perform at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas on Sunday in Los Angeles, and his former Audioslave bandmate is set to perform on Saturday in Los Angeles at a benefit concert for Tony McAlpine featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, and John 5. Morello will take part in an ‘all star jam’ with Nuno Betancourt and Richie Kotzen. Some fans are speculating that Audioslave could do a surprise set in Los Angeles at one of these shows.

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Chris Cornell recently told Music Radar that he wants Audioslave to reunite.

“Yeah, I think it would be great. We did a lot of songs, and with the benefit of having not done anything with those guys for so long, I can’t imagine what it would be. It would be a really amazing experience just to get back and work with the same guys again.

“We were certainly a prolific group of people; we wrote three whole albums in around five years, maybe less. And these were albums that were raw, and we had extra material, and we just never seemed to have trouble ever trying to agree on what would come out of the songs.

“They were great guys, and I really enjoyed the experience that I had with them, so yeah, I would always be open to doing something.”

Do you think Audioslave will reunite this weekend, or will we have to wait in 2016? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Chris Cornell Talks Audioslave Coming From Temple of the Dog’s Spirit

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell discussed Temple of the Dog and Audioslave during a recent interview with WDHA 105.5 New Jersey, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“For me it started to me with Temple of the Dog. I knew that the four members of Soundgarden together in the context of what we were doing was a special thing, and that’s about all I knew. I didn’t know that myself as an addition to any other combination was going to mean much, and that album kind of changed that thought process where I realized that as long as you throw yourself into something, and it’s with the right people, you can do it in lots of different contexts, and that’s where Audioslave was born, in that spirit. I didn’t want to say no to having a creative relationship with those three guys, because I thought they were brilliant. We wrote three albums in a really short period of time, and they felt vital to me. That’s kind of informed what I’ve done.

The other thing has been that I came from kind of a post punk indie musical background, where there were no rules. Basically, you could kind of do anything you wanted, and that was the point of it. I think Soundgarden was very eclectic from the start, we were not ever cornered stylistically. That did something for me personally, in that I never felt I was cornered as an artist or a songwriter to do whatever I want, and I still feel like that.”

Chris Cornell Wants Audioslave To Reunite

Chris Cornell recently told Music Radar that he wants Audioslave to reunite.

“Yeah, I think it would be great. We did a lot of songs, and with the benefit of having not done anything with those guys for so long, I can’t imagine what it would be. It would be a really amazing experience just to get back and work with the same guys again.

“We were certainly a prolific group of people; we wrote three whole albums in around five years, maybe less. And these were albums that were raw, and we had extra material, and we just never seemed to have trouble ever trying to agree on what would come out of the songs.

“They were great guys, and I really enjoyed the experience that I had with them, so yeah, I would always be open to doing something.”

He added that he’s working on new Soundgarden material.

“Well, I’m working on new Soundgarden songs, and I’m getting ready to go out and tour for quite a while on this album, so that’s kind of all I’ve got on my mind right now. There are a couple of other little things, too – I have basically too much to think about, which is about where I usually keep it: just on the wrong side of too much!”

Top 10 Tom Morello Albums: From Rage Against The Machine To Audioslave

Tom Morello is one of the most unique guitar players in the history of music. With Morello being the lead guitarist in two of the best-selling bands of the past two decades and plenty of solo albums and side projects to boot, it’s time to rank up the top ten albums featuring Tom Morello on guitar.

10. Nightwatchman
Worldwide Rebel Songs
As many Morello fans know, The Nightwatchman tracks are not exactly for fans of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. Morello’s Nightwatchman is in singer/songwriter style and includes mostly acoustic tracks. However, there are hints of classic Morello such as the track “It Begins Tonight” and “Union Town”, where he actually plugs in in an Audioslave/RATM esque track. The music is very politically and lyrically driven, and it’s best to be a fan of Neil Young or Bob Dylan when you give The Nightwatchman a try. However, of all Nightwatchman releases, Worldwide Rebel Songs is the Morello’s best album as The Nightwatchman.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJBZD45zGGqLjGxMMkaSwaYcgA7hmGc6C

9. Audioslave
Revelations
With Revelations, Audioslave took what was done with Out Of Exile and made it more mainstream and made it more radio friendly (yes, it was possible to do so), unfortunately radio and other promotion outlets were over the supergroup by this point. Revelations was overproduced and seemingly lacking passion and sounding like a band at their end, which is exactly where Audioslave was. The best track on the album is “Shape Of Things To Come” which Morello and company should have put at the end of a greatest hits album and ended Audioslave there.
https://youtu.be/ioD1wmI_hpY
8. Street Sweeper Social Club
(Self Titled)
After releasing two albums under his acoustic Nightwatchman nom de guerre, Morello goes back to his roots in 2009 with Street Sweeper Social Club, though they’re debut album features classic style Morello guitar lines and effects, he plays as more of a rhythm guitarist for the majority of the album. This album seems to be more of a rap album, with vocals from Boots Riley being the main focus of the band. Morello rarely takes you on a journey like with Rage Against the Machine or early Audioslave. However, those who are in dire need of classic Morello there are some that fit the profile, tracks such as “Fight! Smash! Win!”, “100 Little Curses”, “The Squeeze”, “Somewhere In The World”, and “Megablast” are high points.

7. Lock Up
Something Bitchin’ This Way Comes
Lock Up features a guitar legend in training as the first major label release featuring Morello. Lock Up is reminiscent of early Red Hot Chili Peppers or Janes Addiction simply for the fact Morello’s style was similar to Hillel Slovak and at times even Dave Navarro. However, there are hints here of Morello coming into his own, such as with the tracks “Nothing New”, “24 Hour Man”, “Maniac” and “Peacekeeper”.  All things considered, this album is a bit underrated, and though the elements may not work well together as a whole, the elements themselves are actually very good, Morello in particular.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHWKCOTJJeBTB8QXdX66q620h5UxwyK3_
6. Audioslave
Out of Exile
With Out of Exile, Morello expands what was done with Audioslave’s debut album; however it suffers from what many bands go through with a sophomore album, with the idea of doing something different but ending up not being as spectacular. There are some high-points however, the opening track “Your Time Has Come” is essential Morello, the quasi-ballad “Be Yourself” is one of the best examples of latter Morello, and “Drown Me Slowly” is probably one of the most underrated Morello/Audioslave tracks which features the best guitar work from Morello on either of the last two Audioslave albums.
https://youtu.be/VZ_jSpoLA5I
5. Rage Against the Machine
Evil Empire
Evil Empire, Morello’s second album with RATM is mostly known for the tracks “People Of The Sun”, “Bulls On Parade”, and “Down Rodeo” however it’s the tracks where he experimented with his already unique sound that gives this album some validation. The album as a whole is more unique and a bit less radio friendly than RATM previous debut self-titled release, however, with Morello experimenting with space and tempo changes on tracks such as “Revolver” and “Year Of The Boomerang” it demonstrates how Morello and the band didn’t want to do the same thing twice, and rightfully so, it didn’t hit on quite as high of level.

4. Rage Against the Machine
Renegades
A collection of covers that ended up becoming the last full length album from Rage Against the Machine. The album is solid from start to finish, with Morello giving his signature twist to tracks from legendary artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Minor Threat, The Rolling Stones, Devo, and many others. A covers album from one of the most unique sounding bands in rock history was a must, and Morello and RATM hit a home run with Renegades.

3. Audioslave
(Self-Titled)
This album, including Chris Cornell and excluding Zach De La Rocha on vocals, is the first from Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk as Audioslave. The new lead singer seemingly gave Morello the opportunity to create something he has never had a chance to do, a ballad. Tracks like “Like A Stone” and “I Am The Highway” gave Morello another dynamic in his already great resume. Additionally, “Show Me How To Live”, “Cochise”, and “What You Are” give the listener what they have always liked from Morello; great, heavy, and unique riffs.
https://youtu.be/JpZlnEd1IEE
2. Rage Against The Machine
Battle of Los Angeles
Battle Of Los Angeles is RATM final album of originals, and along with Evil Empire, Battle Of Los Angeles showcased some of Morello’s most unique guitar work, however, the experimentation with space and tempo changes seem to come to fruition on Battle Of Los Angeles, tracks like “Calm Like A Bomb”, “Ashes In The Fall”, and “War Within A Breath” are high on the list of standouts in the Morello catalog. RATM combined the dynamics of Evil Empire with the consistency of their self-titled album and the end result was Battle Of Los Angeles.  RATM left on a high note with their final album of originals.

1. Rage Against The Machine
(Self-Titled)
Where the signature Morello guitar style came to prominence. From start to finish, Rage Against The Machine (Self-Titled) is 53 minutes of heavy hitting riffs. Tracks like “Bullet In The Head” and “Fistful of Steel” showcase Morello’s unique style and ability for the first time. This album is nothing short of a classic.
https://youtu.be/TcFRq8BXOn0

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Rage Against The Machine Bassist Apologizes For Limp Bizkit

Former Audioslave/Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford apologized for the existence of Limp Bizkit in a new Rolling Stone interview.

“I do apologize for Limp Bizkit,” Commerford says. “I really do. I feel really bad that we inspired such bullshit.

“They’re gone, though,” the former Audioslave bassist added. “That’s the beautiful thing. There’s only one left, and that’s Rage, and as far as I’m concerned, we’re the only one that matters.” Commerford is apparently unaware that Limp Bizkit are still together, bringing the golden cobra to fans worldwide.

He also discussed crashing the stage when Limp Bizkit were at the MTV Music Video Awards in 2000.

“It’s aged like wine,” Commerford says of the incident. “What was uncomfortable and a little bit bitter in 2000, now I savor it. I get more people that come up to me now. Back in 2000, it was like, ‘Dude, I saw you do that. What was that all about?’ Now, it’s like, ‘Dude, I saw you do that. That was so fuckin’ awesome! I love that.’ It feels more comfortable now to talk about.”

Commerford also discussed the incident in an interview with Alternative Nation earlier this year.

“[Fred] was staying at the same hotel as us, so the next day everyone was telling me that Fred Durst was eating breakfast in a room. And I went in there, and I was fully gonna confront him. They show me the table and he’s nowhere to be seen. He just bolted and got out of there so he did not have to endure the wrath.”

Alice In Chains’ Layne Staley Considered Fronting Audioslave

While late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley was largely reclusive during his later years, the legendary singer considered fronting the band that later became known as Audioslave in January 2001. Zack de la Rocha had quit Rage Against The Machine just a few months prior, and his bandmates were looking for a new singer. Alternative Nation reporter, and early Staley collaborator, Tim Branom has connected us with Layne’s friend Morgen Gallagher, who told Alternative Nation this exclusive story.

Gallagher had been friends with Staley since 1986, even living with him and Sleze bassist Mike Mitchell for a period in the 80’s. By early 2001, it had been a couple of years since he had seen his old friend, so he was very surprised when he ran into him at a party.

“I hadn’t seen him in a couple of years and wasn’t prepared for it. By this point he had quit [Alice In Chains], he had lost most of his teeth, and weighed barley 100 pounds. We talked for a little and when we parted ways, I cried.”

This wasn’t the last time Gallagher saw Staley. On January 28, 2001, he saw Layne again at a Super Bowl party. “So two weeks later [our mutual friend] was having a Super Bowl party. When I got there, Layne answered the door and he was back to the old Layne. He had just gotten pretty much the entire Nerf arsenal, so we went to war. We were running around like two little kids! Needless to say, we missed the game and kept pretty much everyone else from watching it as well.”

“That day we were talking and he said he had gotten a call from the old Rage Against The Machine members and they were putting together a new project, and they wanted him to audition. He said he was going back to treatment and then going to LA to do the audition in a couple of months. He never made it, so Chris Cornell went and got the job.”

Staley also appeared to have moved on from Alice In Chains, according to Gallagher when Alternative Nation asked if Staley opened up at all about his status with the band, “Not really, he was pretty evasive about it, but it seemed like he was pretty much done with the band at that point. He hadn’t played with them for a while, and he was talking about auditioning for new projects.”

Staley was scheduled to record vocals for the band Taproot in 2002, but died before he could attend a recording session with producer Toby Wright, according to Mark Yarm’s Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge. Gallagher also told author David de Sola a shorter version of this Audioslave story, which is briefly mentioned in the upcoming Alice In Chains: The Untold Story book.

Alternative Nation will have up another article featuring insight from Gallagher on Layne Staley from when they lived together next week!