ABC/Randy Holmes; ABC/Randy HolmesLast January, Audioslave reunited to play their first show together in over 10 years. The show led fans to hope that the supergroup would be recording more music, but those dreams were dashed when Chris Cornell unexpectedly died four months later.
While the original Audioslave lineup won’t be releasing any new music, guitarist Tom Morello says he hopes the band’s unreleased material will see the light of day.
“There’s great Audioslave material in the vault,” Morello tells MusicRadar. “It’s so sad: we had talked about playing more Audioslave shows and releasing that material and doing something together in the not-too-distant future.”
Morello also spoke about Cornell’s underrated talent as a guitar player.
“He had a very wonderful and unorthodox songwriting talent — it was sort of part-Beatles, part-Black Sabbath,” Morello explains. “He had this internal non-4/4 time signature clock in him that was really interesting, and it’s in some of those Audioslave songs where he would contribute chord progressions.”
“One of the most difficult parts of any Audioslave song for me to play was the bridge of ‘Like a Stone,’ which was Chris’ chords,” Morello continues. “Because it was just so counter-intuitive to me; he just had very unique chordal inclinations that made for beautiful music, then he would weave his gorgeous melodies on top of them.”
Morello and his Audioslave band mates, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, paid tribute to Cornell during their shows with Prophets of Rage over the summer by playing “Like a Stone” while spotlighting a solo microphone.
“Still to this day, I have to have a cheat sheet onstage when we do the tribute to Chris, playing Like a Stone,” says Morello. “I just have to make sure I don’t mess up the bridge,” he laughs.
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