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Epic Records has announced a September 5 release date for "Revelations", the highly anticipated new album from multi-platinum rock band AUDIOSLAVE.
In a recent interview with RollingStone.com, guitarist Tom Morello described the record as "LED ZEPPELIN meets EARTH, WIND AND FIRE," adding that it's a big hard rock record with a funky bottom." Among the album's many highlights is the groove-driven lead single "Original Fire", and "Wide Awake", about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. "It's probably AUDIOSLAVE's most political song to date," says Morello.
The Grammy-nominated quartet (vocalist Chris Cornell, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk) 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:
02. One And The Same
03. Sound of a Gun
04. Until We Fall
05. Original Fire
06. Broken City
08. Shape of Things To Come
09. Jewel of the Summertime
10. Wide Awake
11. Nothing Left To Say But Goodbye
AUDIOSLAVE have cancelled their entire European tour scheduled for the summer, according to NME.com.
The U.S. rockers — who consists of former members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and SOUNDGARDEN — were due to play the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals in England in late August.
AUDIOSLAVE recently completed work on their third album, "Revelations", with producer Brendan O'Brien (BOB DYLAN, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS). The CD, which is expected to surface later in the year, contains what is "probably AUDIOSLAVE's most political song to date," according to guitarist Tom Morello. "The song deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the horrible way the administration has let down the people here," Morello explained to RollingStone.com.
While frontman Chris Cornell previously told RollingStone.com that "Revelations" is going "into more of a soul/R&B direction," Morello wanted to clarify. "First of all, it's a big, hard rock record," he told RollingStone.com. "While it's kicking your ass, you can shake your ass to it at the same time. It's a rock record with a funky bottom."
Working with producer Brendan O'Brien, Morello says he went beyond his usual electric guitar setup, picking up vintage axes and amplifiers to meld the band's rock with what Cornell called his new "Seventies funk and R&B-flavor vocals." "Chris has never sung better then on this record," Morello assured. "It's got a bit of the blue-eyed soul singer going on. It's basically like LED ZEPPELIN meets EARTH, WIND AND FIRE."
MTV.com has an article that discusses that issue with Tom Morello (Audioslave, ex-Rage Against The Machine) as well as Public Enemy's Chuck D and Anti-Flag singer Justin Sane. There are no revelations there, but it makes for an interesting, if not thought-provoking, read. Here's an excerpt:
"When you see footage of demonstrations from the 1960s and early '70s (usually anti-war or pro-civil rights) on television, it's almost invariably accompanied by a protest song from the era — by Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Marvin Gaye, John Lennon or another activist-minded performer. Such songs were everywhere at the time — so you'd figure, with social unrest at its highest level since the 1970s, that today's airwaves and charts would be buzzing with angry songs, right?"
Read the full article at MTV.com.
The Axis of Justice Radio Network, the monthly radio program hosted by Tom Morello (Audioslave) and Serj Tankian (System of a Down), will launch its 2006 season with a very special show set to air Friday, January 13. Morello and Tankian will welcome Noam Chomsky, the famed scholar, political activist and libertarian socialist. The Axis of Justice Radio Network can be heard on KPFK in Los Angeles (90.7 FM) and in Santa Barbara (98.7 FM) at 7:00PM, online at www.kpfk.org, and on XM Satellite Radio on XM channel 53. The show will also be archived at axisofjustice.org.
The interview was conducted and taped in December and over the course of the one-hour program, Chomsky discusses subjects such as Iraq, propaganda, American activism, the international labor movement, and hope for the future. When Chomsky was asked "what gives you hope for the future", he
responded, "What gives me hope is people like you, and your listeners. In fact, the general population of the United States." He goes on to say how, despite right-wing politicians and a massive campaign to shift American values to the right, Americans maintain startlingly progressive, humane values.
AXIS OF JUSTICE is a non-profit organization formed by Morello and Tankian. Its purpose is to bring together musicians, fans of music, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice together. AXIS OF JUSTICE aims to build a bridge between fans of music around the world and local political organizations to effectively organize around issues of peace, human rights, and economic justice.
While visiting family in Nairobi, Kenya earlier this month, Axis of Justice co-founder and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello donned his alter-ego - the Nightwatchman - and performed in a local nightclub called the Cork. At the club simply for a night out, Morello was recognized by the house band who persuaded him to get onstage and play. Morello borrowed an acoustic guitar and performed a slew of his politically-tinged folk songs including "House Gone Up In Flames" and "Flesh Shapes The Day," and, according to one observer, was "uproariously received" by the African audience.
Morello has roots in that African nation - his parents met in Kenya and his father still resides there, plus his great uncle was Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first president and leader of the resistance against British colonialism.
Commented Morello, "It has been quite a year. First to play an unforgettable show in Cuba with Audioslave and then to play a Nightwatchman show in Nairobi, Kenya. From kick ass rock n roll to political folk tunes, music clearly transcends all borders."
SYSTEM OF A DOWN, AUDIOSLAVE, NINE INCH NAILS, MUDVAYNE, SHADOWS FALL and SLIPKNOT are among the nominees for the 48th annual Grammy Awards, set to be broadcast live on CBS from Los Angeles' Staples Center on February 8, 2006. The nominees in the "Hard Rock" and "Metal" categories are as follows:
Hard Rock Performance:
AUDIOSLAVE - "Doesn't Remind Me"
NINE INCH NAILS - "The Hand That Feeds"
ROBERT PLANT - "Tin Pan Valley"
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - "Little Sister"
SYSTEM OF A DOWN - "B.Y.O.B."
MINISTRY - "The Great Satan"
MUDVAYNE - "Determined"
RAMMSTEIN - "Mein Teil"
SHADOWS FALL - "What Drives the Weak"
SLIPKNOT - "Before I Forget"
Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell is suing his ex-wife, Susan Silver, alleging she conspired to divert money that belonged to Cornell to other Soundgarden band members. The lawsuit also claims that Silver held his library of music, lyrics and two Grammys hostage. You can read more and check out the court documents from TMZ.com.
You can catch Seether and Audioslave live on MTV's Nokia Unwired at Hard Rock Live tomorrow (11/9). The program airs at 8pm ET and will be replayed on MTV on Friday, Nov. 11 at 2:30am ET and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 11:00pm ET. You can TEXT to 74774 and your text messages will scroll across the bottom of the screen during the second part of the show (giving you fans and haters alike something to do).
MTV.com reports: During Saturday's (Oct. 29) performance at New York's Madison Square Garden, AUDIOSLAVE frontman Chris Cornell told the crowd the band is finished writing all of the material for its third album. The group then played, for the first time, one of the tracks that'll make the LP. Cornell said the song was still untitled, and even had its lyrics written down on the stage so he wouldn't forget them. "I only wrote them last week," he said.
AUDIOSLAVE is currently in the middle of its first major North American tour since the release of their sophomore album, "Out of Exile", which finds the band headlining arenas on its own for the first time.
AUDIOSLAVE did a short run of North American dates just before "Out of Exile"'s May 24 release.
As on that tour, AUDIOSLAVE is playing songs from its members' previous groups, SOUNDGARDEN, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and TEMPLE OF THE DOG.
The band is joined on the current jaunt by openers SEETHER and KASABIAN.
Travis Hay of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer caught up with Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell and asked what the possibilities of a Soundgarden reunion were. "You know I don't know where the motivation to do so would come from and the longer we're not together I have a harder time imagining where that motivation might come from," he said. "I don't think there are too many rock bands in history that can look at the beginning and middle and ending of themselves and see what I see when I think of Soundgarden. I think from the beginning through the middle and the end it was such a perfect ride and such a perfect legacy to leave. It's almost like we sealed the lid and said this is Soundgarden and this is its lifespan and put it out there and it looks really great to me. I think getting back together would take the lid off that and then could possibly change what to up to now to me seems like the perfect lifespan of the band. I can't think of any reason to mess with that. Everyone in the band is doing other things musically and everyone in the band is very proud of Soundgarden. To answer your question, probably not."
Read the full article at Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Audioslave dropped by Live@Much on Thursday (October 6), where singer Chris Cornell talked about walking into a sort of family with his former Rage Against the Machine bandmates and whether it was a big step for the former Soundgarden singer to deal with. "Not really. I mean, I felt like it was an opportunity that could yield something extremely fruitful and maybe it would; maybe it wouldn't," Cornell responded. "In my mind, I thought, 'This makes a lot of sense.' And I'd had a lot of opportunities to work with a lot of people after Soundgarden split up and none of it ever made sense. And I didn't even make a phone call. But with these guys, it made a lot of sense. I thought of these three guys playing a song that I'm singing over is going to be great. What I didn't know was a week into that we were writing songs like 'Like a Stone' and 'Getaway Car' or 'I Am A Highway', which isn't something that any of us, I think, you know, put our fingers, something that we were going to be able to do that quickly, but we did right away. And so that was fantastic, which it happened so quickly, like I said before, we were finished with the record before I even knew who these guys were."
Read the full article at MuchMusic.com.
Seether's latest album, "Karma and Effect," was just certified Gold by the RIAA. In other news, the band will be heading out on the road supporting Audioslave starting on September 24th in California. Finally, the new video for the next single "Truth" is coming soon on Seether.com.
The first round of confirmed tour dates with Audioslave are as follows:
9/24 - Rabobank Arena - Bakersfield, CA
9/25 - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium - San Francisco, CA
9/27 - Theater of the Clouds - Portland, OR
9/28 - Everett Events Center - Everett, WA
9/29 - General Motors Place - Vancouver, BC
10/1 - Rexall Place - Edmonton, AB
10/2 - Pengrowth Saddledome - Calgary, AB
10/4 - MTS Centre - Winnipeg, MB
10/7 - Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON
10/8 - CEPSUM/Univ. of Montreal - Montreal, QC
10/12 - Veteran's Memorial Auditorium - Columbus, OH
10/14 - Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City, OK
10/17 - USF Sundome - Tampa, FL
10/19 - Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL
10/25 - The Arena @ Gwinnett Center - Duluth, GA
10/28 - Tweeter Center at the Waterfront - Camden, NJ
10/31 - Tsongas Arena - Lowell, MA
More tour dates to be announced.
Sessions@AOL features a 3-song set from Audioslave, with the band performing 'Loud Love', 'Doesn't Remind Me' electric and acoustic, and they took part in an interview. You can watch it at AOL.com.
An electronic press kit for Audioslave's sophomore album 'Out Of Exile' has been posted online. They talked about establishing their own identity after previously being with Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine. Touring after their first album allowed for them to gel as a band, according to Tom Morello. Singer Chris Cornell then explained their songwriting process. Watch the EPK at Sonix.de in 300k or 56k.
Video footage from AUDIOSLAVE's performance in Havana, Cuba earlier in the month has been posted online at Yahoo! Music. Among the tracks available for viewing are "Be Yourself", "Your Time Has Come", "Cochise", "Set It Off", and "Like A Stone".
The first American rock group to perform in Cuba in 26 years, AUDIOSLAVE's concert in Havana was an honor guitarist Tom Morello's former band, politicos RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, always discussed, but never experienced as reality.
"There were many roadblocks to keep RAGE from playing Cuba, and some of them were generated by government bureaucracy, and some were generated by internal band conflict," Morello told the Associated Press.
"Having 70,000 people singing along to us on a Havana night was amazing," he said. "I saw people throwing messages onto the stage. I saw them mouth the same words time and time again: 'Thank you.'"
Axis of Justice, the non-profit, grassroots, pro-social justice organization formed by Tom Morello (Audioslave) and Serj Tankian (System of a Down), has redesigned and launched its new website - http://axisofjustice.org.
The relaunched site offers practical information to further AOJ's mission - bringing together musicians, fans of music, and grass roots political organizations to fight for social justice. Among the site's redesigned features are regularly updated links to Breaking News stories from around the world that deal with social justice; recommendations of books, films and other media that focus on activism; and most important, a list of activist and charity organizations in the United States and around the world endorsed by AOJ as a way for anyone to take that first step towards getting involved. The new site also features a Message Board and a Store where Axis of Justice t-shirts, posters, buttons, stickers and the "Axis of Justice: Vol.1" CD/DVD can be purchased. All profits go back into furthering the goals of Axis of Justice.
Tankian and Morello continue their monthly radio program, the "Axis of Justice Radio Network," that combines music, passion, politics and activism. The radio show can be heard on KPFK in Los Angeles, 90.7FM, 98.7 FM in Santa Barbara, online at www.kpfk.org, and on XM Satellite Radio on XM channel 53. Previous Axis radio shows are archived on the relaunched site.
ContactMusic.com is reporting that Los Angeles riot police were called in to intervene at a free AUDIOSLAVE show on Hollywood Boulevard Wednesday night (May 18) when fans broke down barriers and started fighting each other.
Thousands gathered outside the Hollywood + Highland complex to watch the band's street performance for TV show "Jimmy Kimmel Live".
But after waiting for 90 minutes for the supergroup to appear and then facing interruptions as "Kimmel" broke for commercials, the fans became restless.
And when the group started playing "Killing in the Name of" — a hit for several of the bandmembers' former group RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE — the fans became unruly and barriers keeping them apart tumbled.
One bystander says, "It was really frightening. All of a sudden there was this commotion and the riot police arrived. It didn't last long but a lot of people feared that this could have become a much bigger incident.
"It was quite fitting that the gig took place on the eve of the new 'Star Wars' release because these guys looked like stormtroopers."
Audioslave fans may now hear the band's new album, 'Out Of Exile', in its entirety at their Mypace site. 'Out of Exile' is the band's second effort and will be released on May 23.
Audioslave will be playing a free show next Wednesday, May 18th on Hollywood Blvd. This is a free concert for the general public. For more information on the show, visit http://www.1iota.com/event.aspx?p=0&eid=1579.
AUDIOSLAVE, who now said to be permanently adding SOUNDGARDEN and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE tunes to their setlist, played the following tunes on their opening night in Las Vegas:
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE:
Bulls on Parade
Killing in the Name Of
Sleep Now in the Fire
Black Hole Sun