Former Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello discussed Chris Cornell in a new Gitarre Bass interview. Below is an excerpt. Keep in mind the interview was translated from German.
Finally, let’s talk about stations and aspects of your career. Between 2001 and 2007 you have z. B. played for seven years on Audioslave – alongside the late Chris Cornell. How much did his suicide surprise you – or not?
Tom Morello: Oh, that’s a tragedy and incredibly sad. He was an amazingly nice guy and one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever worked with.
Were not you angry that he just dissolved Audioslave – and then by fax?
Tom Morello: Only briefly. We spoke out and were really good friends again. Besides, I really enjoyed making music with him. Like in January, at our first Audioslave show for 12 years. We played at the Anti-Inaugural Ball – a protest against Donald Trump. And then Chris and I did another gig in Seattle – at a Nightwatchman concert where he supported me in my demand to top up the legal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. So both times it was about a charitable cause. And there he was really great – he really blasted. He sang well, looked great and was happy. Why we wanted to do more. The last thing he said to me was, “I had a great time.”