Audioslave this weekend. Honoring and reflecting on the career of Chris Cornell, who passed away earlier this week. Audioslave was considered a supergroup – it consisted of Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine and were together a comparitively short period of time (2001-2007) before Chris Cornell pulled the plug.
Initially, they were considered something of a hybrid between Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine – and their first album drew lot of those comparisons. But by the time their second album was released, they had firmly established they were their own entity and involved in their own musical journey.
After a ten year absence, Audioslave reunited again and played at the Anti-Inauguration Ball on the 20th of January this year. In what was hoped to be reforming wasn’t clear as Cornell had resumed work with Soundgarden (and it was a Soundgarden concert where Chris Cornell was last seen alive). But fate being what it is, any sort of future was now a thing of the past.
As people are still coming to grips with the premature (and baffling) death of Chris Cornell, running concerts featuring various aspects of his career seem like the only appropriate thing to do.
All the tributes, reflections and observations have been flooding Social media over the past week. There is very little left to be said and felt – from perplexity to sadness to anger to gratitude; it all seems to be bubbling up to the surface.
Chris Cornell was brilliant and uniquely talented – his was a rare gift, and everyone who knew him recognizes that. That the music world has to sustain yet another tragic loss only shapes up to this year being just as emotionally draining as last year was.
For those of you who may have missed Adioslave the first time around, here’s an opportunity to pick up what you might have missed.
Crank it up.