The Chris Cornell Instagram account has uploaded a new professionally shot video of Audioslave performing with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo at the ‘I Am The Highway’ Chris Cornell tribute show in Los Angeles in January.
The Cornell account wrote, “#Audioslave performing ‘Show Me How to Live’ with #DaveGrohl and @robtrujillo at #IAmTheHighway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell.”
Audioslave and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello discussed a phone call he had with Dave Grohl about what Chris Cornell song he’d like to sing at the ‘I Am The Highway’ tribute show, and how Grohl picked “Show Me How To Live” in a new interview with SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk. Morello said it was the ‘right decision’ as Grohl nailed it, it was definitely not a mistake when it came to song choices. Alternative Nation transcribed their comments.
Eddie Trunk: Talk to me specifically about what you did. There were so many musicians who got involved in this, but tell me what your role in this was. Obviously you played, but talk about everything that it accomplished for you.
Tom Morello: Sure. I was approached about the show and was told that they planned to have Audioslave, Foo Fighters, Metallica, and special guests, as if that’s not special enough! I was like ‘that’s an insane line up’ and I want to just be able to go to it, let alone play it! Then we had to figure out what we were going to do, as this was going to be one of the most challenging memorial shows in history. I mean we were going to play Chris Cornell songs, and he’s one of the greatest singers of all time. We ended up putting the Audioslave part together with Geezer Butler on bass and Perry Farrell singing. It was so amazing having Geezer playing as when I was young it was his riffs and lyrics that really inspired me and to have him playing my riffs was like an out of body experience. It was freakin’ unreal.
And Perry, who’s been an influence as long as there’s been a Soundgarden and RATM, was really important. We played “Be Yourself” with Juliette Lewis, who did a great job with that. We played “Like A Stone” with Brandie Carlile with the lights on and the whole crowd singing, which was a very emotional moment. We thought about closing the show with “Like A Stone” because it’s really like a beautiful prayer, as well as the most well known Audioslave song, but I said “Let’s close with a fat fucking jam!” So So when Dave Grohl and Robert Trujillo stormed on stage and joined us for “Show Me How To Live” and the place just came apart, we realized that we made the right decision. When I asked Dave what he thought he would like to sing, he said that he thought he could “scream his way through” that song (laughs).
Eddie Trunk: You bring up a good point. When you announce a tribute show to someone with such an incredible voice as Chris’ and you ask people to sing his songs, not many people are going to be willing to do that. You have to put your own spin on it because it’s hard to do justice to it in the way its originally recorded.