Tom Morello has revealed that he canceled plans for the first Audioslave album with Chris Cornell to be a political record.
Morello told Guitar World, “We were very fortunate with Audioslave. It was our collective belief that for a band to find its greatness, it has to be authentic. When Tim [Commerford, bass], Brad [Wilk, drums] and I originally formed Audioslave with Chris Cornell in 2001, it was my intention that it would be even more political than Rage.
But it soon became clear that wasn’t the direction we wanted to go. The principal difference between Rage and Audioslave is not politics. The music in Rage is very James Brown and hip-hop-based – it all comes back to the one. In the entire catalog of four Rage Against the Machine albums, there might be zero chord changes.
It’s relentless. But with Audioslave, to provide Chris with the harmonic interplay that would allow him to weave great melodies, we had a very different sonic palette. You know, songs like ‘I Am the Highway,’ ‘Like a Stone’ or ‘Be Yourself’ were chord-based. That pushed us and made for three exciting records.”
Tom Morello discussed unreleased Audioslave songs last year. Morello performed at a Veterans for Peace event earlier this week. Morello wrote, “@veteransforpeace is a great organization and it’s an honor to play for them. Tune in tonight and support if you can. There’s nothing more courageous than a soldier who stands up against war.”
He also wrote, “Just about a year ago we wrapped up #TheAtlasUnderground tour. Grateful to all those who worked so hard to make it happen and all those who showed up to rock out. Were you there?”