Tom Morello Reveals Beautiful Layne Staley & Chris Cornell Memories


Prophets of Rage, Audioslave, and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello shared some of his favorite memories of Chris Cornell and Alice In Chains’ Layne Staley in a new Twitter Q&A.

Audioslave’s Cuba concert: “Epic, historic night.”

Favorite Audioslave song: “Cochise.”

Best Layne Staley memory: “Laughing about which of us was ‘more metal.'”

Favorite Chris Cornell memory: “Anti-Inaugural Ball.”

Favorite Soundgarden song: “Slaves & bulldozers. You should HEAR my 6 year old scream the chorus.”

Favorite Nirvana song: “All of Bleach.”

Best concerts he’s been to: “Kiss 77, run/DMC, Springsteen acoustic 95, Jane’s addiction 88, AC/DC always, The Wall 2011, ratm Santiago.”

Prophets of Rage discussed President Trump at a recent press conference (via Loudwire).

Bassist Tim Commerford stated of Trump, “He makes me wanna bring Bush back and I hate Bush, so there you go.”

Guitarist Tom Morello went into more detail discussing the band’s political and social nature, explaining, “What a band can do is both reflect the times and try to change the times. I think in some ways we’re following the lead of a lot of young people who are discovering resistance in the United States. The Trump Administration, it’s my hope, will bring into existence the movement that dethrones it, and we hope to provide the soundtrack for that movement. So, in some sense, we might be musical leaders of the resistance, but I believe that the resistance itself is led in large part by young people who don’t wanna see their planet all f–ked up.”

The guitarist added, “As far as our personal engagement, we’ve never not been engaged in social justice struggles. The first eight shows that this band ever played in our history, we gave away one hundred percent of the money for those shows to homeless organizations and activist organizations in those cities. We played on Skid Row… Our first proper show in Los Angeles was on Skid Row for homeless people. We played at a prison outside of Los Angeles. We played at a protest at the Republican National Convention. So while the message is something that is important to transmit in the moshpit and to have a great time and to have a great rock concert that hopefully contains some substance, the real-life social justice activism is equally important.”