The Alternative-Rock Alternative-Metal supergroup Audioslave formed in Los Angeles, California USA, consisting of ex-frontman of Soundgarden, singer Chris Cornell and three-quarters of Rage Against The Machine, the wizard Tom Morello on guitar, Tim Commerford on bass and Brad Wilk on drums.
When Rage's frontman Zack de la
Rocha departed in October of 2000 from his band, rumours began circulating
that Cornell was going to replace De La Rocha. Gossip fueled truth, for
Cornell joined the rest of Rage, in fact they worked for a year around
the new project, but in mid-2002 Cornell abruptly quit, six weeks later
he re-joined the band and before the album was recorded, they officially
christened themselves Audioslave.
The band released their stunning self-titled debut album in November 2002 on Epic Records and followed it up with a supporting tour; the set reached the #7 on The Billboard Top 200, #6 in Canadian Albums list and #8 in Australia; it generated no less than five Billboard's Modern and Mainstream Rock hit singles including "Like A Stone" #1 on both the charts, "Cochise" #2 on Active Rock list, "Show Me How To Live" also hit #2 in the same chart and rose to #4 on The Modern Rock chart; "I Am The Highway" made top 3 on both the charts and "What You Are" cracked the top 10 of The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
In May 2005 the quartet released their sophomore effort, "Out Of Exile", reaching the top of the North American Albums charts; the first single, "Be Yourself", hit the top 40 of The Billboard Hot 100 and went straight to #1 on the Billboard's Rock airplay charts; the follow-up single, "Doesn't Remind Me", rose to #2 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks list and also hit the top 3 of The Modern Rock chart. The album yielded two more Modern Rock top 20 hits with the title-track and "Your Time Has Come".
Audioslave returned in September 2006 with "Revelations"; the highly anticipated new album includes the single "Original Fire".