Audioslave was an American rock supergroup formed in Glendale, California in Critics first described Audioslave as a combination of Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine, but by the band's second album, Out of Exileit was noted that they had established a separate identity. As with Rage Against the Machine, the band prided themselves on the fact that all sounds on their albums were produced using only guitars, bass, drums, and vocals, with emphasis on Cornell's wide vocal range and Morello's unconventional guitar solos.
In their six years together, Audioslave released three albums, received three Grammy nominations, sold more than eight million records worldwide   and became the first American rock band to perform an open-air concert in Cuba. They disbanded in February after Cornell issued a statement announcing that he was leaving the band.
Sinceboth Cornell and Morello expressed interest in the possibility of an Audioslave reunion, and the band reunited to perform at Prophets of Rage 's Anti-Inaugural Ball,  which took place on January 20, While Cornell and Morello were hopeful for future Audioslave reunions, Cornell committed suicide after a Soundgarden show in Detroit in Mayending the possibility of a full-time Audioslave reunion.
Audioslave's history dates back to October 18,when Rage Against the Machine 's lead vocalist Zack de la Rocha announced he was leaving the band, citing a breakdown in its "decision-making process". He called him "the angel at the crossroads" because "if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here today. The chemistry between Cornell and the other three was immediately apparent; as Morello described: "He stepped to the microphone and sang the song and I couldn't believe it.
It didn't just sound good. It didn't sound great. It sounded transcendent. On March 19,Audioslave was confirmed for the seventh annual Ozzfest ; despite, at that time, having neither an official name nor a release date for their debut album. Cornell's manager confirmed that the frontman had left the band, with no explanation given. Meanwhile, 13 rough mixes of songs the band had created months previously were leaked to peer-to-peer filesharing networks in Mayunder the name "Civilian" or "The Civilian Project".
Someone at that studio helped themselves to a copy and, after eight months, it made its way to an Italian website. Then it went global and everyone thought they had the record, which was so frustrating.
The band divulged their official name and launched their website in early September. The first single, " Cochise ", was posted online in late September, and was on the radio in early October. Totally Insane - Back Street Life praised Cornell's vocal style, a distinct departure from the rapping of de la Rocha,  and found that "the former members of RAtM have gone and done a Paul Wellerretreating from the ground they broke back [to] the sounds that inspired them.
The firework explosions during filming prompted fears of a terrorist attack among residents living near Los Angeles' Sepulveda Damthe shooting location. The self-titled debut album, Audioslavewas released on November 19,and entered the Billboard chart at No.
Despite its commercial success, Audioslave received mixed reviews. Some critics lambasted the group's effort as uninspired,  and predictable. This was the first time any band had appeared on Letterman's marquee. During this time, there was a rumor that Cornell had checked himself into drug rehabilitation. He later confirmed it in an interview with Metal Hammer that was conducted from a clinic payphone.
He dismissed the rumors about being in rehab for OxyContin or heroinbut when asked, offered only, "Various things. I'm not picky. Mainly for drinking. It was the highest-charting single from the album, peaking at number one on Billboard ' s Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts. The video uses negative space to invoke the memory of musicians past. The music video for the third single, " Show Me How to Live ", was banned from MTVreportedly because it shows the band in a high-speed car chase running police cars and motorcycles Was That The Human Thing To Do (1932-02-19) - Various - The Ultimate Jazz Archive - Set 38/42 the road.
The band toured extensively worldwide ingaining positive reviews for their live performances,  including at the revived Lollapalooza. This gave Morello time to concentrate on his solo project, The Nightwatchmanand also Club Lonely (Remix) - Various - House Party III - The Ultimate Megamix take an active part in political activities. Cornell had time to focus on his personal life; after his divorce Ludicrous Lollipops - A Part his first wife was finalized, he married Vicky Karayiannis, a Paris-based publicist he met during Audioslave's first European tour.
Work on a new album had started in during the Lollapalooza tour,  and continued at the end of the year when band members entered the studio.
Aside from writing new material, the band also had some leftover songs from the Audioslave sessions; according to Morello, they had "almost another album's worth of stuff [already done]. In Aprilthe band launched a club tour, which lasted until late May. Although on previous tours Audioslave occasionally played cover songsthey deliberately avoided playing their former bands' songs to avoid using those songs as a "crutch" to "help sell and break Audioslave" as their Was That The Human Thing To Do (1932-02-19) - Various - The Ultimate Jazz Archive - Set 38/42 was to establish the band as an "independent entity.
The second single, " Your Time Has Come " was released through a unique promotion, lasting one week, which involved radio listeners around the world. Once one million people clicked on the link, the song was unlocked and became downloadable by all one million.
The band traveled to Havana—bringing along their camera crew—on May 4 to spend two days visiting historic sites and Was That The Human Thing To Do (1932-02-19) - Various - The Ultimate Jazz Archive - Set 38/42 with Cuban musicians and youngsters.
Cornell commented: "Hopefully, this concert will help to open the musical borders between our two countries. Out of Exile was released internationally on May 23,then a day later in the U.
It debuted at the top of the Billboard chart, the only Audioslave album to reach this position. The following week, however, it dropped to number three, with a percent sales decrease  —consequently reaching platinum. The album was received Bob Dylan - Quest For Newport favorably than Audioslave's debut; critics noted Cornell's stronger vocals, likely the result of quitting smoking and drinking,  and pointed out that Out of Exile is "the sound of a band coming into its own.
Following the album's release, the band embarked Was That The Human Thing To Do (1932-02-19) - Various - The Ultimate Jazz Archive - Set 38/42 a European tour, performed at the Live 8 benefit concert in Berlin on July 2,and played their first North American headlining arena tour from late September to November It was certified platinum in less than two months. Audioslave had 20 songs written and recorded, 16 of those in only three weeks. News about Cornell's departure emerged in Julywhen insiders stated that after the third album was released, he would depart the band and restart his solo career.
Cornell immediately denied the rumors, stating "We hear rumors that Audioslave is breaking up all the time. I always just ignore [them]. A special marketing campaign preceded the new album's release in August, when the art concept was featured on Google Earth as a fictional utopian island, Audioslave Nation, created in the South Pacific.
The album entered the Billboard at No. The album received a similar critical response to Out of Exile with the majority of reviewers praising the band's integrity on the record. Cornell decided to delay the Revelations tour untilbecause he Was That The Human Thing To Do (1932-02-19) - Various - The Ultimate Jazz Archive - Set 38/42 to "let the album come out for awhile [ sic ]" and also concentrate on his second solo album.
The second, and final single from the album, "Revelations" was released in October with an accompanying music video a month later. Less than a month later, on February 15, Cornell officially announced his departure from Audioslave, issuing this statement: . Due to irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences, I am permanently leaving the band Audioslave. I wish the other three members nothing but the best in all of their future endeavors.
He stated that, as far as he was concerned, Audioslave had disbanded, and that a greatest hits collection would be issued in the future, because of label commitments.
Morello and Cornell initially disagreed over the particulars of Cornell quitting the group, with Morello claiming that Cornell did not communicate directly with him about leaving,  while Cornell countered: "Tom and I did have communications about the fact that I was gonna go make a record, and that I was tired of what ended up seeming like political negotiations toward how we were gonna do Audioslave business and getting nowhere with it.
Said Cornell, "Getting along as people is one thing. Getting along as a group of people that can work together in a band situation We weren't particularly getting along well, no. Bands work in a way where everyone at some point has to have a similar idea of how you do things Three albums into it, it started to seem like our interests weren't as conjoined anymore. InCornell revealed further information about the band's breakup; "Personally a lot of it was me trying to land on my feet again.
I went through a lot of personal turmoil right around the time Audioslave formed and unfortunately I think that affected the band a little bit in terms of me not really being grounded I think there was stuff that could have been resolved, and there was drama that was probably unnecessary, typical rock band stuff. I certainly played a role in it. I definitely feel like I was part of a lot of unnecessary stuff. It didn't need to become what it became. You learn with experience.
They played together several Nightwatchman songs, Cornell's usual acoustic covers, and for the first time in eight years, some Audioslave songs. In AugustCornell openly said in interview with Total Guitar that he was quite eager to reunite with Audioslave: "I think it would be great. We did a lot of songs, and with the benefit of not having 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. The Hall of Fame jam was nice, but a little chaotic. Playing with him in Seattle, that was just fantastic. I love that guy. He's one of the most talented vocalists in the history of vocalists. And to be able to play the songs that we wrote together, it was awesome and so much fun.
I hope we do something like that again. On January 17,it was announced that Audioslave would reunite for their first show in 12 years at Prophets of Rage 's Anti-Inaugural Ball, protesting President Donald Trump 's inauguration.
The Somos (Instrumental) - SinSilencio - Sin Tiempo took place on January 20, Asked in February if there would be more Audioslave reunion shows in the future, Cornell replied, "It's always a possibility. I mean, we've been talking about it for at least three or four years now. We were talking about actually picking dates, and it just Jon English - Nights In Paradise up not working out because everybody's so busy.
They have another band again, they all have separate bands that they do themselves, I have Soundgarden and a solo career that's taking up a lot of time, and I just did Temple of the Dog. So, it's really honestly as simple as we end up having a window of time where it's comfortable for everybody and we want to do it, because I definitely feel like everybody's up for it. However, on May 18,three months after making that statement, Cornell was found deceased   in his Detroit hotel room, negating the possibility of any future Audioslave reunions with their original lead vocalist.
On June 25,The New York Times Magazine listed Audioslave among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the Universal fire. The original idea for the band's name was "Civilian," but it was dropped when members found out that it was already taken. Morello later discredited the story, contradicting Commerford and Cornell,   and commented that "Civilian" was merely a rumor circulating at the time.
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