Audioslave recently dropped rare video clips of six songs from a 2003 AOL Sessions performance by the band. They have been newly uploaded to the band’s YouTube channel, to show the precious talent of their late frontman Chris Cornell back in the day. It was also noted that Chris Cornell Jr. started recording with a big name.
Audioslave share throwback clips
It was taped on December 7, 2003, 11 months on from the November 2002 release of the quartet’s self-titled debut album. The original session featured nine songs, including covers of Nick Lowe’s (What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding, and Funkadelic’s Super Stupid.
While footage of the cover versions is absent from the recent uploads, the tracks featured, including alternate takes on the album’s five singles – Cochise, Like A Stone, Show Me How To Live, I Am The Highway and What You Are – illustrate the band’s engaging ability. The fans will be delighted to revisit the old music days when Chris Cornell was still with us.
Rage Against The Machine, and formerly Audioslave, guitarist Tom Morello recently spoke to Metal Hammer about the band’s origins, and Cornell’s “dark poetry”.
“When Rage broke up, Brad [Wilk, drums], Tim [Commerford, bass] and I still wanted to play together, and we kept listening to [Soundgarden’s 1991 album] Badmotorfinger,” said Morello. “Chris had an amazing voice, but he had a dark, Edgar Allan Poe poetry to him, we wondered what he was really like, so we decided to go talk to him.”
Tom Morello had previously said that as-yet-unreleased Audioslave tracks will one day be released. He also recalled how he first met Cornell in the company of music industry legend, and future Audioslave producer, Rick Rubin:
“He doesn’t leave the house for anything, unless it’s in a Rolls Royce inside another Rolls Royce,” Morello laughs, “but he’s in my van.” “Chris lived in LA at the top of the last and loneliest mountain, it was dusk and the sunlight was going and this mansion he lived in was creepy as hell, the gates just opened like Addams Family-style, and we drove in and there is Chris, 6’2 and a half, lanky of the frame, dark of countenance, and he starts slowly walking towards us and Rick freaked out and goes, ‘Let’s get the fuck out of here!’ We stayed, he was the most loving and generous guy and we were in a band for six years together.”