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Audioslave Reunion: Tom Morello, Chris Cornell To Play Together In September



The band isn't exactly getting back together, but Audioslave fans can rejoice at the news that guitarist Tom Morello and vocalist Chris Cornell will reunite on stage for one night.

Blabbermouth reports that Cornell will make an appearance at Morello's El Corazon show in Seattle on Sept. 26. The two have not performed together since Cornell disbanded Audioslave in 2007.

It's safe to say they did not split amicably — Cornell didn't even tell his bandmates he was leaving the group (they found out through other sources). Look no further than Morello's July 2007 interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

"I haven't heard from [Cornell] in many months, almost bordering on a year now," Morello said. "We didn't hear from him when he quit the band, and we haven't heard anything since. But it's OK. I think our time together was great. We made records that we're all proud of and had fun making, and we toured and had a great time doing that. In a way, we very much helped revive one another both personally and musically."

Cornell announced his departure in February of that year.

"There wasn't a key moment when I knew I wanted to quit," he told Rolling Stone. "We finished our third record and I went back to Paris and felt like we needed some time away from each other. We did a lot of touring. We did three records. We had done a lot of stuff in a short time period of time. Everyone ran off and did their own thing. I got real busy working on music and getting into a world I was missing on the last record – which was the ability to experiment with where a song could go and spend some time on the craft of making songs."

Of course, a reunion between the two is not crazy. In the same Rolling Stone interview, Cornell stated that he "seriously" doubted his old band Soundgarden would ever reunite. Less than three years later, they were already back together.

Morello's Sept. 26 gig will be in support of 15 Now, the organization that successfully fought for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle, Cornell's hometown.

Made up of Rage Against the Machine's music section (Morello, drummer Brad Wilk and bassist Tim Commerford) and Cornell sans guitar, Audioslave was one of America's most prominent post-millennium rock bands. 

They made three records and managed two U.S. Mainstream Rock No. 1 songs ("Like a Stone" and "Be Yourself") in the 2000s after both Rage and Soundgarden dissolved.

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