Tom Morello Unloads After Offensive Chris Cornell Question


Audioslave and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello has reacted to a fan who was upset after Morello discussed unreleased Audioslave material, without having immediate plans to release it. We <a href=””>recently published an article where Morello discussed how many singers Audioslave considered before Chris Cornell, and explores rumors of Layne Staley being a candidate in 2001 before his death.

A fan tweeted, “I wish @tmorello would stop talking about the unreleased @Audioslave material. If you’re not gonna make an effort to get it out of the vault and into our hands, in honor of Chris, then stop talking about it.”

Morello responded, “I’d be quite content if journalists would stop ASKING about it, perhaps this complaint would be better directed towards them.”

Tom Morello confirmed in a new Guitar World interview “there’s a great amount of Audioslave material” that was never released prior to Chris Cornell’s tragic May 2017 death. It appears that there may be an Audioslave record at some point when all parties involve want it, as Morello said there are ‘records worth’ of unreleased songs. Ultimate-Guitar transcribed his comments.

“There certainly is a chance [for it to be released]. There are no plans for that currently to be released, but there’s no impediments to being released either.

“We’ll figure it out at some point, but there’s a lot of records worth of stuff that didn’t get released. Some of the choices of what songs were on what records were almost arbitrary.

“There’s a few of my favorite Audioslave songs that just never fully saw the light of day, so hopefully they’ll come out with something.”

In the liner notes to the Chris Cornell career retrospective album, Tom Morello details what he envisioned a new Audioslave album with Chris Cornell would have sounded like as the followup to Revelations.

“On the Out of Exile record we continued the journey. ‘Be Yourself’ was the spiritual heir to ‘Like a Stone.’ Chris’ lyrics of yearning and self-acceptance resonating deeply. We then took the show on the road and ‘Doesn’t Remind Me’ blew the roof off every arena, every night…all the way to Cuba!

Audioslave was the first band from the United States to EVER play in Cuba. We single handedly demolished the rock n’ roll blockade against Cuba and what a thrill it was to pour every ounce of our Soul Power into the performance in front of 70,000 people in Havana. We toured the world and continued to evolve and grow as musicians and as a band.

In making the Revelations record, produced by Brendan O’Brien, we found yet another gear and delved into charted musical territory. The song ‘Revelations’ hits hard but has nuances of R&B and soul. ‘Shape Of Things To Come’ is a MONSTER and likely a shape of things to come had we continued as a band. But our time was up and we went our separate ways.”