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Chris Cornell: Audioslave Shows ‘Always a Possibility,’ But Scheduling Will Decide

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After occasionally discussing a fondness for the band in passing, Chris Cornell reunited onstage with his Audioslave bandmates last month at the Anti-Inaugural Ball, but what does the future have in store for a continued Audioslave reunion?

Speaking with Music Radar, Cornell addressed the potential for more Audioslave shows. “It’s always a possibility,” says the singer. “I mean, we’ve been talking about it for at least three or four years now. We were talking about actually picking dates, and it just ended up not working out because everybody’s so busy.”

He continued, “They have another band again, they all have separate bands that they do themselves, I have Soundgarden and a solo career that’s taking up a lot of time, and I just did Temple of the Dog. So, it’s really honestly as simple as we end up having a window of time where it’s comfortable for everybody and we want to do it, because I definitely feel like everybody’s up for it.”

As for what it was like to share the stage once again with Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, Cornell stated, “It was pretty fun. It was interesting because the dynamic for that band was really just there. I don’t know how much those guys rehearsed the songs, but I had the same experience when I went on stage with Tom [Morello] a couple of years back: where we walked into the room for a rehearsal, and we didn’t even really need one. We just counted the songs in and they were totally where we left them 10 years ago when we’d just got off the road. Now, that’s pretty crazy — all the energy and everyone remembering everything, and you’re already playing the song with feeling, as opposed to trying to find it and remember where it is, so it was pretty great, and the energy was good.”

While Cornell does have Audioslave on the wish list, something more concrete is his return for another Soundgarden album. “We have a lot of interesting songs — sort of similar in that nothing really sounds like anything we’ve done before, and there’s definitely new territory, but it definitely sounds like us,” says the singer of the band’s in progress next album. Stay tuned for further details on Soundgarden’s next release as it’s revealed.

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