Tom Morello Releases Chris Cornell Tribute Song “Every Step That I Take”


Former Audioslave and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello paid tribute to his late bandmate Chris Cornell on his new single “Every Step That I Take.” The song was co-written by Cage the Elephant frontman Matt Shultz, and features Portugal. The Man and Whethan. You can listen below.

In a new Chicago Tribune interview, former Audioslave and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello announced he is releasing a tribute song for his late bandmate Chris Cornell.

“For the song ‘Every Step That I Take’ with Portugal.The Man and Whethan, a teenage EDM marvel, we’re partnering with an organization called SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), focusing on suicide prevention, information and depression awareness. With the passing of Chris (Cornell of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave) over a year ago, and the momentum towards removing the stigma from mental health issues and suicidal thoughts, it was very important to have a song from that point of view.

I’ve had mental illness issues in my family and among my friends in the past, and there’s a current trend toward this demystification to encourage people, among your friends, loved ones and professionals, there is help and there are ways. You know, you break your arm — it’s not a stigma to go to the hospital to get it set. Hopefully we’re able to start looking at suicidal thoughts and depression in the same way that can materially save lives. “Every Step That I Take” is about how the dreams, and depression, and love and the lack of it on the emotional steps of the gallows are processed. It was a song written by myself and Matt Shultz from Cage the Elephant and Johnny (Gourley) from Portugal.The Man sings it and it’s just a beautiful song. One of my favorites on the record.”