During a recent interview with SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk, Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello has revealed the story of how he met with late singer Chris Cornell.

Trunk said ‘How did you first meet Chris Cornell?’, and Morello responded:

“I had kind of seen him around. Like we crossed paths on Lollapalooza. The first real meeting was..well when Rage broke up in 2000, Tim and Brad and I knew we still wanted to play together and we wanted Rick Rubin to make whatever our next record together was, so we spent a lot of time over at his house and kept listening to CDs and the one we kept returning to was Badmotorfinger.

It was just incredible, Chris’ voice was incredible and it was almost kind of scary…there was something about it that was not entirely right so it was very appealing. So Rick and I drove up to where Chris was living…and Rick doesn’t drive anywhere for anything (laughs) and when he does, it’s like in a Rolls Royce inside a Rolls Royce (laughs).

So he’s driving up there in my Chevy Astro Van (laughter)…which meant he was serious about it (laughs). Of course, when we get there Chris lives on the last road of the most remote last mountain, and it’s getting dark…it’s like arriving in Transylvania (laughs).

There’s some motorcycles in the driveway and a long winding stairway that goes up to this gilded door, and I swear to you like in the Addams Family, the door opens without anybody opening the door and Chris comes out…he’s like 6’2” or something and he starts taking these long lanky steps down the stairway and Rick Rubin turns to me and says “Let’s get the fuck outta here!” (laughter). We were like scared to death like “Dracul” was comin’ down the stairs man! (laughs). Our souls were at stake!”

He continued:

“Fortunately, we got over our childish terror (laughter). Chris had a presence. Like, he could sit here and have a good laugh with us, but there was a side that enabled him to tap into those lyrics that were so compelling in a way.

And I said it last night from the stage, and I’ll say it again, Chris was a great father, and a great bro, and a philanthropist, but he wrestled with demons his whole life. But he took those demons by the collar and rode them like a mother fucking chariot of lightning strapped with Marshall stacks to make some of the greatest rock and roll.

He harnessed it in a way that for 52 years it was what he tapped into that was a crucial part of what made him so great. That’s one of the things we were honoring too last night. It’s like “oh if he would have only been a cheery dude the whole time” but you wouldn’t have had the tremendous music that he made.”

Click here to source of the statement. (Alternative Nation)