During a recent interview with Q on CBC, Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist, Tom Morello, talked about his close relationship with Chris Cornell and shared the details of their first official encounter.
As you probably know, Audioslave was a rock supergroup, formed by Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk. The supergroup’s debut album was described as a combination of Soundgarden and RATM but their second album ‘Out of Exile‘ was praised for its unique style.
The supergroup disbanded in 2007 but they performed live in 2017 at the Prophets of Rage’s Anti-Inaugural Ball, an event protesting Donald Trump’s inauguration. After that, there were rumors that Audioslave was planning to reunite and Chris Cornell had said that their reunion is always a possibility and that everyone is really excited about it.
However, three months after this statement, on May 18, 2017, Chris Cornell committed suicide and thus, ended the possibility of a future reunion. Tom Morello and Chris Cornell were bandmates for over six years and this is why Morello is often the target of Cornell related questions.
In his recent appearance in Q on CBC, Tom Morello described his first encounter with Chris Cornell. He visited Cornell in his house in Ojai, with their producer Rick Rubin to talk about the idea of forming a rock supergroup. He described the house as very Dracula-like which apparently matched Cornell’s mysterious and mythical vibe perfectly.
Morello remembers Chris Cornell opening the door of his Spanish castle-like house in a way similar to Adam’s Family after which Rick Rubin jokingly said ‘Let’s get the fuck out of here.’ Morello went on to say that Chris, just like everyone, had his demons which were a significant part of his artistic genius.
It seems like Tom Morello can’t forget Chris Cornell’s mysterious vibe and still mourns his death. At some point during the interview, Morello stated that the only silver lining is that Cornell left a lot of things to be remembered by, and the memories that they made together are so valuable that he thinks of Cornell every day.
Here’s what Tom Morello said about Chris Cornell during the interview:
“Let me just tell you that – in real life, he was a super mythical guy, let me tell you that. I never stopped being a fan of Chris. He was a friend, he was a bandmate, but he was a mysterious dude. I’ll tell you briefly the first time that we met – we ran into Chris at gigs, maybe at a barbecue or something, but when Tim, Brad and I had spoken with Rick Rubin…
He was our friend and we knew that he was going to make our record or whatever it was, and so Rick and I went up to Chris’s house, he was living in Ojai, was about an hour-and-a-half north of Los Angeles, and it’s in the darkening skies, and it’s woodsy and almost Transylvania-like. Of course, Chris lives at the last lonely Spanish castle-like thing, at the last loneliest hill. We pull up into the driveway, there are some motorcycles around, there’s this long stairway, and Rick and I are in my van kind of looking up.
And the doors open Adams Family style, no one opening the doors, and now comes Chris’ lanky six-foot-two form as he comes slowly lumbering down the stairs… And Rick turns to me and goes, ‘Let’s get the fuck out of here!.’ We really felt like our souls were in peril.”
He went on to say:
“There was certainly something in Chris – I think a significant part of his artistic genius was interwoven with these demons that were baked in from an early age. And you felt that in his music, in his lyrics and in his life, and there were definitely corners that I never had access to.
The only silver lining is that those memories and those records, and he made a lot of great music that we can enjoy forever. I think about him every day – every single day.”
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