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Chris Cornell Passes Away Aged 52

Update: the cause of death has now been reported as a suicide.

Chris Cornell, the singer for such successful bands as Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, has passed away at the age of 52. The cause of death is unknown at this time and a medical examination will be performed in due course, but his death occured shortly after Soundgarden performed a concert in Detroit last night (May 17th.) More information about the singer's death will be revealed as soon as it becomes available.

Cornell made his name with Soundgarden, one of the biggest and most influential grunge bands who helped define the "Seattle sound," releasing five albums before their split up, after which he joined three of the four members of Rage Against the Machine to form Audioslave, a highly successful group who released three albums before parting company in 2007.

He was also known for his solo career, releasing five albums beginning with "Euphoria Morning" in 1999 and scoring a hit with, "You Know My Name," the theme song to the James Bond film, "Casino Royale." He reunited with Soundgarden in 2010 and the band released another album, "King Animal" in 2012. Soundgarden were writing new material at the time of his passing. More...

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Rocksmith 2014 Gets Five Audioslave Songs

The latest downloadable content (DLC) for Rocksmith 2014 comes from Audioslave. Learn to play five hits from the rock supergroup: “Like A Stone,” “Be Yourself,” “Show Me How To Live,” “I Am The Highway,” and “Cochise” are available today on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam.

“Like A Stone” – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Be Yourself” – Capo Required – Lead/Rhythm; E Standard - Bass
“Show Me How To Live” – Drop D – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“I Am The Highway” – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Cochise” – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass”

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Metallica And Slayer Featured In Rick Rubin Book

A new book will soon be released entitled "Rick Rubin:In The Studio" which looks at one of the most celebrated record producers of all time. The book will look at some of the most important and groundbreaking albums of all time which Rubin produced and will contain features on the likes of Metallica, Slayer, Beastie Boys, Run DMC, System Of A Down, Audioslave and Danzig amongst others. The book is expected to be released this summer.

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Chris Cornell Denies Led Zeppelin Rumours

MTV News has issued the following report from Chris Harris:

Former SOUNDGARDEN and AUDIOSLAVE frontman CHRIS CORNELL has spoken out for the first time about rumors that he's been asked to fill in for ROBERT PLANT on a proposed LED ZEPPELIN reunion tour. The trek would feature original guitarist JIMMY PAGE, original bassist JOHN PAUL JONES and Jason Bonham taking over on drums for his late father, John Bonham.

Cornell has been mentioned - along with FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, former VAN HALEN frontman SAMMY HAGAR, WHITE STRIPES mastermind Jack White and ALTER BRIDGE's Myles Kennedy - as a potential Plant fill-in. Plant has already said that he wouldn't take part in the tour.

"I have not been approached so far to fill in for Robert Plant on the upcoming Zeppelin tour, but that isn't to say I won't be," Cornell told MTV News. "I've heard that from about 200 people now, and it might be one of those situations where it's just an online rumor or it might be true. But if you see anyone from Led Zeppelin around, let me know. I think I should actually fill in for Jimmy Page on the Robert Plant/ Alison Krauss tour."

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Morello And Slash To Guest On Cypress Hill Album

Billboard.com reports: With his first solo album just out, rapper Sen Dog is looking forward to new projects with his group concerns.

The MC, who released “Diary of a Mad Dog” this week and plans to do some touring soon to promote the album, tells Billboard.com that CYPRESS HILL is “in the process” of making a new album, which will be the follow-up to 2004’s “Till Death Do Us Part.” “We’ve got 30 songs done,” says Sen Dog, who describes the album as “definitely hard-core hip-hop. I wouldn’t say it’s overly hardcore, but it’s definitely a hip-hop album.”

The set will include writing and production collaborations with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello on a track called “Rise Up” and with LINKIN PARK’s Mike Shinoda on another song. GUNS N’ ROSES/VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash, meanwhile, plays on a tune called “Front Line.” But Sen Dog (real name Serien Reyes) says the final guest list will be relatively small. More...

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Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman Back w/ New Album

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello is readying the release of his next solo album, "The Fabled City," due Sept. 30 via Epic.

The album is the follow-up to 2007's "One Man Revolution," which Morello released under the name The Nightwatchman. He is now billed at Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman.

"My goal was to capture the energy and emotion of The Nightwatchman live shows," he says. "There is a much more rocking quality to this record, solos and riffs, mixed with darker acoustic songs."

Here is the track list for "The Fabled City":

The Fabled City
Whatever It Takes
The King of Hell
Night Falls
The Lights Are on in Spidertown
Midnight in the City of Destruction
Saint Isabelle
Lazarus on Down" (featuring Serj Tankian)
Gone Like Rain
The Iron Wheel (featuring Shooter Jennings)
Rise to Power

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Tom Morello Has Cameo In "Iron Man" Movie

Blabbermouth.net reports via The Pulse of Radio: If you're one of the tens of millions of people who saw "Iron Man" this past weekend, you might have noticed that a guard in the terrorist camp where the early part of the film takes place looked a lot like RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello. A glance at the cast list during the closing credits confirmed that Morello does indeed make a cameo appearance in the film, although he has no dialogue and gets creamed by the first incarnation of "Iron Man" pretty quickly. Morello also played guitar on part of the film's score, which was composed by Hans Zimmer.

Morello's previous acting credits include "Star Trek: Insurrection" and "Made". The latter was directed by Jon Favreau, who also directed "Iron Man".

The guitarist has also contributed to the scores of "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" and "Dodgeball".

Morello just completed a stint as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN on the Justice Tour '08 and will hit Europe with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE later this month to begin a series of summer festival shows.

"Iron Man", which stars Robert Downey Jr. as the Marvel Comics super hero, earned more than $100 million at the box office since opening on Friday (May 2), with a sequel already announced for spring of 2010.

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Papers Detail Horror Story of Cornell's Stalker

TMZ.com has obtained court documents outlining a terrifying series of events that have left former SOUNDGARDEN and AUDIOSLAVE frontman Chris Cornell and his family in terror. Cornell is seeking a restraining order against a man who they say was hired to do the dirty work of the woman to whom Cornell was once married.

According to documents, filed yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court, Cornell claims his ex-wife, Susan Silver — the manager of ALICE IN CHAINS and the singer's former band, SOUNDGARDEN — has sent his family "numerous threatening and terrifying death threats." According to the docs, Silver has even threatened to harm Chris' two-year-old son. It has become so terrifying LAPD's Threat Management Unit has taken the case.

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RATM Guitarist Tom Morello To Support Serj Tankian

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello's alter ego THE NIGHTWATCHMAN will support SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian on several dates in October. THE NIGHTWATCHMAN's schedule is shaping up as follows:

Oct. 11 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In

With Serj Tankian:

Oct. 12 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
Oct. 14 - Toronto, ONT - Guvernment
Oct. 15 - Boston, MA - Paradise
Oct. 17 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Oct. 18 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
Oct. 20 - Atlanta, GA - The Roxy

Tom Morello recently released a video as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN for a song called "Alone Without You", according to a press release. Morello composed the tune after seeing an early cut of filmmaker Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Sicko", and let Moore use the song over the film's closing credits. The video debuted at MichaelMoore.com and the tune itself was added as a bonus track to Morello's debut album as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, "One Man Revolution".

Morello said about the song, "'Alone Without You' is a testament to the struggle and loss faced by millions of Americans who are cast aside by a healthcare system that puts profit before people and families."

Morello and Moore recently interviewed each other as part of MySpace's "Artist On Artist" series.

Moore directed the videos for RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's "Sleep Now In The Fire" and "Testify", while THE NIGHTWATCHMAN opened for Moore on a 2004 speaking tour.

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Tom Morello Named Guitar Hero III's Third Boss

Living guitar legend Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave has confirmed in a recent Rolling Stone interview that he's going to be one of the bosses in Activision and RedOctane's upcoming Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. He said he loved the game and is hoping to be a competitive character.

"Whenever I play Guitar Hero, my opponent always kicks my ass on my own riffs," says Morello. "Now that I'm actually in the game, I hope the digital me will win once in a while!"

Morello has been distinguished because of his trademark synthetic riffs and politically-charged numbers while with Rage Against the Machine.

Brett Michaels of Poison and Slash of Guns n' Roses have earlier been named as bosses in Guitar Hero III. RedOctane promises more legends to challenge when the game launches later this year for the Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii.

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RATM/Audioslave Axeman As Boss In Guitar Hero III?

The Pulse of Radio (formerly Launch Radio Networks) reports: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello will reportedly appear as a character in the upcoming video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Although it's not officially confirmed, Morello's participation was apparently cited on some European promotional materials for the game which have surfaced online. The former AUDIOSLAVE axeman will portray a "boss battle rocker" along with VELVET REVOLVER's Slash and others.

In other Guitar Hero III news, ATREYU may have a yet-to-be-announced track included in the game, while PANTERA may also be represented by the song "Revolution Is My Name". Both will join a lineup that includes METALLICA, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, SMASHING PUMPKINS, MUSE, WEEZER, GUNS N' ROSES, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, VELVET REVOLVER, PEARL JAM, AFI and more.

Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock is set for an October 29 release date in North America on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii and Playstation 2 platforms.

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Chris Cornell Victim Of Online Identity Theft

The Pulse of Radio (formerly Launch Radio Networks) reports: Former AUDIOSLAVE and SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell is the victim of online identity theft. Apparently someone or several people have been chatting online with fans and pretending to be the vocalist, prompting Cornell to post a message on his MySpace page which read, "Hello this is Chris Cornell. Over the past several months, several incidents have taken place where others felt the need to engage in activities pretending to be me. I have been wanting to make a clear statement to fans, friends and anyone this may concern; under no circumstances, under any name or address do I or have I ever communicated or corresponded with anyone online or otherwise."

Cornell also addressed the reasons why he postponed two shows in Denver and Salt Lake City, writing, "This was due to a scheduling oversight by a representative that no longer works with me. I look forward to making these dates up in the fall. "

Cornell is currently touring in support of his new solo album, "Carry On". He next plays in Katowice, Poland on Sunday (August 12).

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Tom Morello Comments On Audioslave Split

Chris Riemenschneider of the Star Tribune recently conducted an interview with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE/ex-AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Star Tribune: Did AUDIOSLAVE end because you wanted to focus on activist music, or are you doing this because AUDIOSLAVE ended?

Morello: As far as the actual making of the record, I did that because it was clear we were not going to be proceeding with AUDIOSLAVE. So it helped me to analyze my priorities. I decided I'm just going to be involved in music that expresses my world views, and that left me open to making a NIGHTWATCHMAN record and to the idea of doing RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE shows.

Star Tribune: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE shaped a lot of young fans' beliefs. How did these reunion shows fit your scheme of things?

Morello: Well, so far we've only played the one show at Coachella, and it was a great time for both band and audience, from what I could tell. I think there's about six more this summer. We're at this historical juncture. It's important for people who don't like the direction that the country is going in to speak up, and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has a catalog of songs that sound like they were written for 2007.

Star Tribune: Why not more shows?

Morello: Um, why do more? [Laughs] We're just happy to be doing the ones that we are. So far, we enjoyed the one show, so we're gonna play a few more. And that's all we have plans for right now.

Star Tribune: Chris Cornell is in Minneapolis a few nights after you. Any opinion on his new record?

Morello: I've heard it, and that's part of what's great about where we are in our career is we can make the music we want. These NIGHTWATCHMAN songs would not have been appropriate for AUDIOSLAVE, and that's why I made the solo record. Same with him. I think that he's probably much more comfortable with a band of hired hands than a band of equals, and that's fine. He has earned that right.

Star Tribune: Where do things stand between you and Chris?

Morello: I haven't heard from him in many months, almost bordering on a year now. We didn't hear from him when he quit the band, and we haven't heard anything since. But it's OK. I think our time together was great. We made records that we're all proud of and had fun making, and we toured and had a great time doing that. In a way, we very much helped revive one another both personally and musically. And when he decided to quit the band, that opened the door for me to make this NIGHTWATCHMAN record, and for RAGE to reunite. So it's all good.

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Stream Entire Manson, Chris Cornell Albums

AOL Music has a couple decent albums for streaming in full this week:

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Chris Cornell Comes Clean On Audioslave Break-Up

Launch Radio Networks reports: Singer Chris Cornell recently told MTV.com that his days of being in a band were over and he was prepared to spend the rest of his career as a solo artist following his departure from Audioslave earlier this spring. Although AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello recently said that he never officially heard from Cornell that he was leaving the group, the singer told Launch that he did make his intentions clear. "Tom and I did have communications about the fact that I was gonna go make a record, and that I was tired of what ended up seeming like political negotiations toward how we were gonna do AUDIOSLAVE business and getting nowhere with it," he said. "We had back and forths about that, and we also as a band sat in a room with other people trying to work this out on numerous occasions, and it wasn't really happening."

Cornell added that the process of "doing AUDIOSLAVE business" led him to go solo. "I still will always say that everybody did their best, I think, to try to come to some sort of an agreement, but it literally did sort of turn into these, like, negotiations, you know, almost like you're negotiating a contract with a record company, something like that," he said. "I can make my own records and I don't have to do that with myself."

Cornell received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the third annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert on May 11 at the Music Box Theatre in Los Angeles. Cornell, who has been clean and sober for over four years, was honored for his work with the MAP Fund to help musicians who are recovering addicts.

In other news, Cornell's second solo album, "Carry On", will be released on June 5. He has recently released the video to his new single 'Arms Around Your Love' online.

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Tom Morello Announces More Solo Dates

Launch Radio Networks reports: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello has added to his solo touring schedule as his political folk alter ego, THE NIGHTWATCHMAN. In addition to the dates he's already announced, Morello has booked a number of new shows in July, starting on the 10th in Detroit. Morello will also perform with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE this summer, but told Launch that touring on his own does have its advantages. "Say it comes to playing a benefit show, like, if I want to play — if we're approached by some worthy cause to play a benefit show in some other town," he said. "If it's a rock band, it's not easy to do, you know. You have to have a band meeting and decide to do it. You have to coordinate schedules and get a tour manager and a lighting rig and roadies and all that. And, you know, if someone asked me to play that show, I just pick up my guitar and I get on a plane, and I'm there to play it."

Morello's debut disc as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, "One Man Revolution", arrived in stores on April 24.

The guitarist has a full schedule of solo shows lined up for this spring and summer, including headlining gigs and opening stints for BEN HARPER.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has confirmed four dates on the Rock The Bells tour, in late July in New York City and mid-August in California. The reactivated group has reportedly scheduled a concert in East Troy, Wisconsin on August 24, but there's been no official word on any more RAGE shows.

Newly confirmed NIGHTWATCHMAN tour dates:

July 10 - Detroit, MI - The Shelter
July 11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
July 13 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
July 15 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
July 17 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
July 18 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Café
July 20 - San Francisco, CA - Swedish Hall
July 21 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour

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Chris Cornell Talks About Battle With Addiction

Launch Radio Networks reports: Former AUDIOSLAVE and SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the third annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert on Friday (May 11) at the Music Box Theatre in Los Angeles. Cornell was honored for his work with the MAP Fund to help musicians who are recovering addicts. Cornell, who has been clean and sober himself for four and a half years, told Launch what the award meant to him. "Being acknowledged for it, I think, is great, but this isn't a particular situation, we don't do this for the acknowledgement," he said. "I'm happy, you know, for the acknowledgement, I also, I'm very inspired by — Stevie Ray Vaughan, I think, is a very inspiring person, so, like, to be given an award that was named after this guy, you know, and for similar reasons of inspiration, if I can do that for other people, I think that's great."

Cornell admitted to using drugs and alcohol since he was 12 and told Launch what finally led him to check himself into rehab in 2002. "I really had to come to the conclusion, the sort of humbling conclusion that, guess what, I'm no different than anybody else, I've got to sort of ask for help — not something I ever did, ever," he said. "And then part two of that is, like, accept it when it comes and, you know, believe what people tell me. And trusting in what I have been told, and then seeing that work."

All proceeds from the event benefited the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.

The dinner featured performances by Cornell, ARMY OF ANYONE, DEPECHE MODE singer David Gahan and others.

Cornell just finished a solo tour to promote the June 5 release of his second solo album, "Carry On". He next heads to Europe and returns to the U.S. at the end of May for more dates.

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Tom Morello's Favorite Political Songs

On his debut solo album, 'One Man Revolution,' Tom Morello, who played guitar with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave and is now recording as his alter ego the Nightwatchman, channels his songwriting efforts into an album of politically minded songs about change and redemption. Armed with only an acoustic guitar, Morello carries on a great tradition of socially conscious music. In that spirit, he recounted for Spinner his top five political songs:

1. 'Biko,' Peter Gabriel
2. 'Imagine,' John Lennon
3. 'This Land Is Your Land,' Woody Guthrie
4. 'White Riot,' The Clash
5. 'Redemption Song,' Bob Marley

Read the full article at Spinner.com.

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Hear The Nightwatchmen's Full Album Online

Not exactly metal but often mentioned in recent news, Rage Against The Machine and ex-Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello's solo band The Nightwatchmen's "One Man Revolution" CD can be streamed in its entirety on AOL Music.

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Tom Morello and Zach De La Rocha Reunite

Launch Radio Networks reports: Tom Morello and Zack De La Rocha, the guitarist and singer, respectively, of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, took to the stage together for the first time in nearly seven years in Chicago on Saturday (April 14). Their appearance was part of a demonstration and rally-turned-celebration for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, an organization of immigrant farm workers who pick vegetables for big businesses like McDonald's.

The rally was meant to be a protest, but just before the march was to begin, a McDonald's rep told the crowd their demands had been met. So the rally, due to inclement weather and that fact that it was now a celebration of the news of the agreement, moved indoors at the House of Blues.

The set started out with Morello coming out alone as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, performing several songs from his upcoming "One Man Revolution" CD. After that, De La Rocha took the stage to perform a brand new song about the event that he had written on the plane ride from Los Angeles to Chicago.

At that point Morello joined in, and the duo performed the RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE songs "People of the Sun", "Bulls on Parade" and "Down Rodeo."

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