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Chris Cornell Open to Audioslave Reunion


Yes, Chris Cornell has a pretty full slate with plans for a new solo album called Higher Truth and the continued reunion of Soundgarden, but there could be room for one more of his projects if the pieces fell into place. Cornell tells Total Guitar that he’s open to the idea of an Audioslave reunion.

After Soundgarden split in 1997, Cornell released the highly underrated Euphoria Morning solo album in 1999, then got back into the full band construct with the newly free trio of Rage Against the Machine members — Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk — in the band Audioslave. Between 2002 and 2006, the group released three studio albums, but by 2007 they split over a difference in creative direction.

As for the possibility of a reunion with Audioslave, Cornell left the door open, stating, “I think it would be great. We did a lot of songs and with the benefit of not having done anything with those guys for so long, I can’t imagine what it would be. It would be a really amazing experience just to get back and work with the same guys again.”

Reflecting on his period with Audioslave, Cornell added, “We were certainly a prolific group of people; we wrote three whole albums in around five years, maybe less. And these were albums that were raw, and we had extra material, and we just never seemed to have trouble ever trying to agree on what would come out of the songs.”

He concludes, “They were great guys, and I really enjoyed the experience that I had with them, so yeah, I would always be open to doing something.”

Cornell and Tom Morello shared the stage together just last fall at Morello’s solo show in Seattle. While Rage Against the Machine have been inactive for several years, Morello has continued to rock under The Nightwatchman moniker, Commerford just released a new album under the Future User name with musical partner Jordan Tarlow and Wilk has lent his talents to Black Sabbath, The Last Internationale and Smashing Pumpkins in recent years.

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