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Tom Morello Talks About His Political Intent

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE/ex-AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello recently answered a couple of questions for Salon.com:

Salon.com: Why did you make the decision to step away from AUDIOSLAVE and scale down to just voice and guitar?

Morello: With AUDIOSLAVE, if we sold a million records, we might be able to buy new sports cars. With THE NIGHTWATCHMAN [Morello's solo project], if we sell a thousand records, we might be able to overthrow the government. I say that kind of facetiously, but the message on this album is distilled in a way that I believe is more potent than it was with my other work. This is not music made for a mosh pit. It's music that's looking for zealots and trying to rattle the cages and bang the bushes and find martyrs and true believers and people that are not afraid to ring the White House with pitchforks and torches.

Salon.com: Four years ago we saw a lot of anti-Bush sentiment coming from musicians, but the end result was still disappointing. What can be done differently this time around to ensure the right people get elected?

Morello: I'm not interested in kicking voters in the ass. That's not been my great passion. I do not believe that progressive change comes from having the right person in the White House — though certainly a great deal of harm can come from having the wrong person in the White House. All progressive change, whether it was women getting the vote, desegregating the lunch counters, getting the eight-hour workday or the end of the apartheid, happened not as a result of having the right person in the White House, but because people whose names you did not read about stood up for their rights. That's how change happens. That's the kind of organizing that I hope for. If we keep heading down the path set by this administration, it's not going to be about getting voted out of office, it's not going to be about getting impeached — it's going to be about the White House going up in flames.

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Chris Cornell Delays Solo Album Release

Launch Radio Networks reports: Former AUDIOSLAVE and SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell's second solo album, "Carry On", has had its release date pushed back from May 1 to June 5. No explanation was given for the delay. Cornell began working on the disc last fall after the release of AUDIOSLAVE's third album, "Revelations". News of the solo project fueled rumors of a split with AUDIOSLAVE, with Cornell officially leaving the band last month due to "irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences." The 14-track effort will feature "You Know My Name", Cornell's theme for the latest James Bond film, "Casino Royale", as well as a cover of MICHAEL JACKSON's "Billie Jean".

Cornell has also contributed a song to the soundtrack of the movie "Bug" and told Launch a little about the movie. "It's based on a play, but it's sort of, it's also an extremely edgy film," he said. "It's an indie film, it's kind of the opposite of the Bond movie in that sense. But an extremely entertaining and powerful movie. I'm not gonna bother trying to describe it 'cause I couldn't help but give it away. But it's definitely a movie to go see, it's extremely intense."

"Bug", which stars Ashley Judd and was helmed by "Exorcist" director William Friedkin, is due in theatres on May 25. The soundtrack also includes songs from VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland and SYSTEM OF A DOWN vocalist Serj Tankian.

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RATM Guitarist Playing Solo Shows

Launch Radio Networks reports: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello will play several solo shows as the NIGHTWATCHMAN this spring to promote his debut album, "One Man Revolution". One of his performances, at the Coachella festival, will be in conjunction with a headlining appearance by the reunited RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. Among his other stops will be the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and a workers'rally in Chicago. Morello said in a statement, "I'm excited to be playing NIGHTWATCHMAN shows in front of festival crowds as well as union rallies. I'd also like to invite all members of the Audioslave Fan Club (Audiophiles) to my solo shows free of charge as a thank you and to express my appreciation."

The guitarist and singer will also tape an appearance on Tavis Smiley's PBS talk show on March 5.

"One Man Revolution" comes out on April 24. More dates and a full NIGHTWATCHMAN tour are expected to be announced shortly.

Mar. 15 - Austin, TX - The Parish (South by Southwest)
Mar. 17 - Austin, TX - Central Presbyterian Church
Apr. 13 - Chicago, IL - Lake Forest College
Apr. 14 - Chicago, IL - Immokalee Workers Rally
Apr. 28 - Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
May 04 - Claremont, CA - Bridges Auditorium at Pamona College
Jun. 16 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival

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Money Behind Chris Cornell's Departure?

Sources tell The New York Post that Chris Cornell's move to quit Audioslave came down to money.

"Chris was unhappy with the financial arrangement within the group - he wrote all the music, yet the other three bandmates took an equal share in the multimillion-dollar publishing rights," a Cornell pal explained.

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Chris Cornell Cites Reasons For Leaving Audioslave

Launch Radio Networks reports: Former AUDIOSLAVE frontman Chris Cornell told RollingStone.com on Friday (February 16) that he wasn't getting along particularly well with the other members of the band during the latter stages of their time together, saying, "Getting along as people is one thing. Getting along as a group of people that can work together in a band situation...We weren't particularly getting along well, no. Bands work in a way where everyone at some point has to have a similar idea of how you do things...Three albums into it, it started to seem like our interests weren't as conjoined anymore."

Cornell admitted that he hadn't spoken to the rest of the band in a few months, and that they heard about his departure from the group on Thursday (February 15), the same day he announced it publicly.

The singer said in a statement that "irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences" led him to leave AUDIOSLAVE after three studio albums, although his departure had been rumored since last summer.

Cornell will release his second solo album, titled "Carry On", on May 1.

The other members of AUDIOSLAVE — guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk — recently announced that their previous band, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, will reunite to perform at the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival in April.

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Chris Cornell Splits Audioslave

Chris Cornell has split Audioslave, the band he formed with three former members of Rage Against The Machine, due to unspecified "irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences," according to a statement.

"This is something I don't want to do anymore," Cornell tells Billboard.com of Audioslave. "There were problems from the very beginning and we dealt with them in a great way. We made three great records. We were a band that got along great, but we've also had our differences. My focus is definitely on doing my own music now.

Indeed, Cornell is quickly moving on to his second solo album, "Carry On," due May 1 via Suretone/Interscope. The 14-track set was produced by Steve Lillywhite and includes a cover of Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean" (which Cornell has been known to play live) as well as "You Know My Name," the theme to the recent James Bond film "Casino Royale."

The album is Cornell's first solo affair since 1999's "Euphoria Morning." Among the other songs set to appear are the country-leaning "Finally Forever" and the harder-edged "Poison Eye" and "No Such Thing."

Cornell is already assembling a band and plans to tour "extensively" in support of "Carry On," and says Audioslave's 2005 trip to Cuba made him realize "there are a lot of people who would enjoy seeing me play 20 years of recorded music in any context."

Last month, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk announced they were reuniting with Rage vocalist Zack de la Rocha for what they are claiming to be a one-off performance at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in late April in Indio, CA.

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Audioslave Future Uncertain

Could Audioslave's time be coming to an end? In a recent interview with Launch Radio Networks, Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello stated that he isn't certain about the future of Audioslave or Rage Against The Machine, but he does know he'll be focusing on his current solo-project Nightwatchman. Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has been in the studio recording for his own solo-project the last two months, while Bassist Tim Commerford and Drummer Brad Wilk have also been in the studio together recording some Bass/Drums only tracks.

Morello said that Cornell did not want to tour in support of Audioslave's third studio album, 'Revelations', which came out last Fall. He gave no indication of whether the band would record or tour again.

As previously reported, Audioslave members Tom Morello (guitar), Brad Wilk (drums), and Tim Commerford (bass) will be reuniting as Rage Against The Machine with Zack de la Rocha for this year's Coachella Festival on April 29th. Morello said he has not ruled out future Rage activities beyond the fest.

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Rage Against The Machine Reunion Update

Hits Daily Double reports that the reunion of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, who will appear at this summer's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, follows a winding road that included an aborted Zack de la Rocha solo project, and the three remaining members — Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford — forming AUDIOSLAVE with Chris Cornell. The band will manage itself, with Dan Field handling the solo work of Morello, Wilk and Commerford and William Morris' Sara Newkirk overseeing de la Rocha. If the group goes on to record a new album, presumably it would be on Epic. If they did decide to tour together, it would be huge.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's headlining performance at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was confirmed earlier in the week by press representatives for the festival. The political rap-rock act, which was one of the biggest acts of the '90s, played Coachella's main stage during the festival's first edition in 1999. The group broke up in 2000 after three studio albums, one collection of covers and one live set.

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Rage Against the Machine to Reunite

Billboard has reported the following on Tom Morello's one man side project, The Nightwatchman, on Audioslave's current state of affairs, and on a possible Rage Against the Machine reunion:

Guitarist Tom Morello takes the mic for the first time on "One Man Revolution," his debut album as the Nightwatchman. Due April 24 via Epic, the 13-track set was produced by Brendan O'Brien and sports acoustic-based compositions that are a far cry from the heavy guitar rock Morello has purveyed in Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave.

The artist has been utilizing the Nightwatchman moniker for the past three years for performances, and has of late been hosting a Tuesday night residency at Los Angeles' Hotel Cafe. Among the guests that have dropped by recently are System Of A Down's Serj Tankian, Cypress Hill's Sen Dog and Perry Farrell.

Morello will tour this spring, including an appearance at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, in mid-March. But perhaps of most interest to hardcore fans are rumors that Rage Against The Machine may be reuniting for the first time in six-plus years to play the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival this spring. More...

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Robert Plant Tops Best "Metal" Singer Poll

Who are the best singers in heavy metal history? According to Hit Parader magazine, Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin and Rob Halford from Judas Priest are the two best men for the job. The magazine has published their list of "Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists," and the editors said, "Assembling our list certainly presented a daunting task, considering the breadth and scope of the metal empire during its 35-year reign as rock's most powerful and enduring force. We tried our best not to turn this into some sort of popularity contest where only the most famous (or infamous) frontmen in metal lore were recognized."

Most names included in the list are neither metal singers nor performers in a metal band. They are Queen's Freddie Mercury, the Who's Roger Daltrey, Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones, Ann Wilson from Heart, Kurt Cobain from Nirvana, Rod Stewart, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Davies from the Kinks, Joan Jett, Steve Marriott from the Small Faces and Humble Pie, and Steve Perry from Journey.

The Hit Parader Top 10 Singers:

1) Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin
2) Rob Halford from Judas Priest
3) Steven Tyler from Aerosmith
4) Chris Cornell from Audioslave and Soundgarden
5) Bon Scott from AC/DC
6) Freddie Mercury from Queen
7) Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden
8) Ozzy Osbourne from Black Sabbath
9) Paul Rodgers from Free, Bad Company, and the Firm
10) Ronnie James Dio from Rainbow and Black Sabbath

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Chris Cornell Live, Acoustic Cover Of Billy Jean

A live, acoustic version of Chris Cornell covering Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean" has been posted online. You can download it here while it lasts. A studio version of the song will be included on his upcoming new solo album, which he is putting the final touches on now.

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Chris Cornell Tackles Gospel, Michael Jackson

MTV.com reports: According to Chris Cornell, fans should expect a few surprises from his second solo studio LP when it lands in stores in March — like, say, his cover of Michael Jackson's 1982 hit "Billie Jean."

"I didn't plan on it," he said with a chuckle. "It just sort of happened organically. I changed the music quite a bit, I didn't touch the lyrics. And it's not a joke. I took a completely different approach to it, musically. It's like when Johnny Cash did [the Soundgarden song] 'Rusty Cage,' " on Cash's 1996 LP Unchained, "and people started calling me and leaving messages saying, 'I heard the Johnny Cash version and the lyrics are really, really great.' No one ever told me that before. Ever. Not once. This is kind of like that. It does that to this song, because it's really an emotional song.

"The lyrical content is kind of panicky, because — well, it's a pretty bad thing, someone coming and lying to you, saying you're the father of their kid and you're not."

Cornell, who has played the cover during live gigs in Europe, said the track has to be heard to be believed. But in truth, the cover is rather apropos. The lyrics the Audioslave frontman wrote for the 12 cuts on the follow-up to 1999's Euphoria Morning deal with all kinds of relationships.

The album, which Cornell said has its "gospel and R&B" moments, will also feature the tune "Disappearing Act," an acoustic version of which appears in the upcoming movie "Bug," directed by William Friedkin ("The Exorcist") and starring Ashley Judd. The album cut is going to be a plugged-in rendition, while the film version was recorded in Cornell's living room.

In fact, Cornell revealed it was writing "Disappearing Act" and "You Know My Name," the theme from the upcoming James Bond film "Casino Royale," that inspired him to release a second solo LP. The songs are also part of the reason why Audioslave — who issued their third album, Revelations, two months ago — won't be touring anytime soon.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Chris Cornell Hit By A Truck

Audioslave front-man Chris Cornell was recently hit by a truck while riding his motorcycle in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Cornell escaped serious injury, however his $50,000 bike was not so lucky. According to PageSix.com, later that day he was in the studio working on his new solo album.

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Chris Cornell Not Surprised Audioslave Worked

Stuff magazine caught up with Audioslave singer Chris Cornell and asked if he was surprised by the band's lasting success since the writer believed supergroups tend to suck. "I am not necessarily surprised. I thought, from day one, because of the way that it felt when we got together and started writing songs, that it was going to be good," Cornell responded. "I knew we would make great records, so there would probably be an audience. I felt that the negative connotations of so-called supergroups were based on the wrong examples, which are more recent ones that people remember from the late '80s an dearly '90s, like Damn Yankees and Asia and all that other crap. But the fact of the matter is, if you go further back, look at the bands that came out of the Small Faces--some incredible bands came out of those initial bands, so they were all essentially supergroups. You ended up with Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. You wouldn't thinkn of any of those being a bad idea."

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Tom Morello Arrested For Civil Disobedience

Tom Morello was among approximately 400 protesters arrested early Thursday evening during a march to raise awareness for immigrant hotel workers' rights.

The Audioslave guitarist, who performed under his Nightwatchman alias at a rally before the march, was charged with unlawful assembly for refusing to move from Century Boulevard, the main entry road to Los Angeles International Airport.

"In these political dark ages, it's important for us to stand up for one another," Morello told MTV News before the march. "These hotel workers by the airport make 20 percent less wages than hotel workers around the rest of Los Angeles. We're here to express our solidarity with them, to help them unionize and to help them close the gap between their sub-poverty wages and the millions and millions of dollars the people who own these hotels make."

Morello spent the evening in lockup and was released Friday morning (September 29). "Bail was high," he told MTV News — each arrestee had to pay $5,000. But, he added, "spirits were higher. We had a rousing civil rights-era-like hootenanny on 'the inside.' "

Thursday's march, which Morello and organizers called "the largest act of civil disobedience in the history of the Los Angeles," was a well-orchestrated affair from both sides. In fact, Morello and the other arrestees actually planned to be arrested and even gave the Los Angeles Police Department their driver's license numbers days before the event to expedite processing.

About 2,000 protesters actually participated in the march, with an average age of 17, according to one of the organizers. Those willing to be arrested, which included several community and religious leaders and at least 100 students bused in from surrounding colleges, wore yellow signs to distinguish themselves from the others.

While they sat in the street, protesters mainly chanted, "Sí, se puede" (Spanish for "Yes, we can"). The wide majority of immigrant hotel workers are Latino, and the march — while not nearly as large in scale — invoked memories of other immigrants-rights protests earlier this year. While the protesters chanted, dozens of policemen on motorcycles and horses eventually began making arrests.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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A Happy Chris Cornell Can Still Write Songs

News Chris Cornell offers advice in the October issue of Men's Health, on newsstands September 19th, saying you don't have to feel down to be creative. "If you're depressed long enough, it's almost a comfort, a state of mind that you've made peace with because you've been in it so long," the Audioslave frontman explained. "But I never felt like I had to be depressed or unhappy to write songs." The happy family man explains in the "Take It From Me" column that he isn't concerned that domestic bliss is hindering his songwriting. "Now with my wife and my babies, I don't slip into that type of depression anymore. And I'm having the best time I've ever had in terms of creativity."

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Chris Cornell Plays For Stripped Raw and Real

Stripped Raw And Real features a live set by Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell. You can watch acoustic performances of 'Original Fire', 'Like A Stone', 'Until We Fall', the Soundgarden hit 'Black Hole Sun', a cover of Bob Marley's 'Redemption Song', and an interview here.

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Hear The New Audioslave Album Online

Metal Hammer has teamed up with SonyBMG and Audioslave to bring you 'Revelations' online first (for free - but with hoops to jump through). The album is online in a special locked page here, a page which you can unlock when you put this month's Metal Hammer CD, or any Soundgarden, Rage Against The Machine or Audioslave album into your computer's CD/DVD drive. Once unlocked, you will be able to preview "Revelations" and even send the link to a friend who doesn't have any of the aforementioned albums. (The preview still requires Java enabled on your browser and Java Virtual Machine (JVM) installed on your computer and filling out a form.)

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Cornell Excited To Take "Revelations" On The Road

Audioslave singer Chris Cornell tells AOL Music he can't wait to perform tracks off the band's third album 'Revelations' on tour. "Because we write our songs in a room, four people writing it live, playing it as we write it, we can perform it as a live song at the end of the rehearsal from the day of conception," he says. "That is probably my favorite thing about this band."

Read the full article at AOL Music.

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Watch Audioslave's "Original Fire" Video Online

Audioslave are out with the video to their latest single 'Original Fire', from the band's forthcoming album 'Revelations', due out September 5th. You can watch it at Yahoo! Music.

As previously reported, Audioslave recorded "Revelations" at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with acclaimed producer Brendan O'Brien. O'Brien, whose myriad credits include PEARL JAM and BRUCE SPINGSTEEN, mixed AUDIOSLAVE's "Out of Exile" record and the "Live in Cuba" CD and DVD. His history with the band goes back even farther, as he produced RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE albums "Evil Empire" (1996), "The Battle of Los Angeles" (1999) and "Renegades" (2000) and mixed SOUNDGARDEN's "Superunknown" (1994).

"Revelations" follows 2005's "Out of Exile", which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 and featured the Grammy-nominated single "Doesn't Remind Me".

"Revelations" track listing:

01. Revelations
02. One And The Same
03. Sound of a Gun
04. Until We Fall
05. Original Fire
06. Broken City
07. Somedays
08. Shape of Things To Come
09. Jewel of the Summertime
10. Wide Awake
11. Nothing Left To Say But Goodbye
12. Moth

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