/ Jeff Gorra's Series Of Audioslave Tributes for the 15th Anniversary Of Their Self-Titled Debut


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Audioslave Art By Carlos Vargas

For The Love Of Audioslave
15 years later — the legacy of an original fire. Featuring: Tim Commerford
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About 1,100 miles up the west coast, Chris Cornell found himself in the aftermath of quite a successful and incredibly moving solo record, Euphoria Morning, as Soundgarden had disbanded in 1997. Much to the surprise of both parties, it was acclaimed producer Rick Rubin who suggested that Morello, Commerford and Wilk get together with Cornell. The timing seemed to be perfect. When asked about his initial thoughts to Rubin’s suggestion, Commerford with much enthusiasm responded, “I immediately thought about Badmotorfinger. It’s one of my favorite records. I spent so much time with that record, just loving it. I thought about ‘Slaves & Buldozers’ and ‘Jesus Christ Pose.’ These are songs that are anthems to me. It was so exciting.”

Commerford explained, they immediately started thinking about the endless possibilities of having Cornell’s voice blend with their music. “I think the first day Rick hit us up with Cornell, we were at his house and we all listened to ‘Slaves & Bulldozers’ and we discussed how Cornell could just do anything. Little did I know it was not really going to go in that direction. I see Audioslave as more classic rock, singer, chord progression type of music. Things like that, we never really did with Rage.” It seemed to be a natural pairing. Three robust musicians joining forces with an unmistakably potent voice that’s an instrument unto itself. All sounds made by guitar, bass, drums and vocals. Again — how fitting.

The Inspiration Of Audioslave In 10 Stunning Lyrics
To Be Yourself Is All That You Can Do
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As we are now 15 years past the self-titled debut of Audioslave, it is more apparent than ever just how moving their art was/is. There is a significant difference in mood between Audioslave and Out of Exile, while Revelationsserves as a cautiously optimistic path into the future.

Here, we crack open the Audioslave vault and extract 10 sets of inspiring lyrics. What you will find is that though their sound was consistently explosive, delicate words were placed in both the loudest and quietest moments — creating an intimate setting for the listener to make of them what they please.




Well, I’ve been watching
While you’ve been coughing
I’ve been drinking life
While you’ve been nauseous

The first sentence Audioslave ever said to us.
*Note the “thing” scream in the bridge deserves its own segment


Article/Videos: 10 Unique Moments Where Chris Cornell Blew Us Away - Artist Waves

Article: Artist Waves
Author: Jeff Gorra

10 Unique Moments Where Chris Cornell Blew Us Away

The voice of a generation, an artist for all time #KeepThePromise

Jeff Gorra Aug 11

Founder/Editor/Writer @ArtistWaves Compelling & inspiring stories…Behind the Art, By the Artist. Twitter @JeffGorra

Above Photo by: Paul Lorkowski

Let me clarify — Chris Cornell’s voice blew me away every single time.

Yesterday, I was walking over a bridge staring down blankly, just watching the water ripple. I noticed a light beam across the edge of a dock. Suddenly, my beats radiated like the image in front of me. Cornell’s rendition of “Stay With Me Baby” from the Vinyl soundtrack randomly played on shuffle. It’s a song that shakes me each time I hear it, like it’s the first.

Cornell’s voice had the velvet textures to sooth a million screaming babies, while simultaneously hitting an orchestral-style range, (like in “Stay With Me Baby”) that would put the greatest theatre wall-art to shame. And of course, there was also every growl, register and scream in between.

There were so many moments where Cornell either paired with another musician, made a guest appearance or so generously shared his gift of song with a remarkable project. Here, I’ve compiled ten that fit one criteria: they are non- Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog or Solo album tracks.


Illustration by Keegan Hall

“River of Deceit” with Mad Season and the Seattle Symphony
Breathtaking. It’s so beautifully vulnerable. The song form of the gentle, light-beaming, rippled waters detailed above. There’s also a subtle, and signature Cornell “hey” at the 3:39 buildup, that wells me up each time.

“Heavy Is the Head” with Zac Brown Band
From the opening gun to last “it’s a lifelong expedition” bridge, this song wails.

“Ava Maria”
No words other than,… the instrumentation of a voice, personified.

“Nothing Compares to You” Prince cover.
Actually CC, nothing compares to you.

“Sunshower” off the Great Expectations soundtrack
If there’s a song that represents Cornell speaking to us all now, I believe it is this. “Crawls like ivy up my spine… I know all your graces.”

“Footsteps” with the Avett Brothers
An unusual pairing of genres covering Pearl Jam, with Cornell on harmonica. Made their own, and dripping with emotion.


“I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” by Otis Redding
This opened the encore the last time I saw Cornell live. June 23, 2016 in Baltimore. He could do anything and everything.


“Stay With Me Baby” off the Vinyl soundtrack.
This vocal delivery is just unfair.


“I Will Always Love You” Whitney Houston tribute
So courageous, so spontaneous, so mesmerizing.


“The Promise” off The Promise soundtrack.
The last official Cornell release to date. Promise to survive, persevere and thrive. #KeepthePromise


Chris, you are missed dearly, and forever loved.

To those who have written and suggested Artist Waves publish more in his honor (in addition to: part 1 & 2), we thank you. It’s been very difficult to find the right words. When the time is right…

One thing we can assure, we will forever honor Cornell’s undeniable legacy. #KEEPTHEPROMISE





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