Tom Morello has been a busy guy this year, touring the world with Prophets of Rage and releasing a new album of political material. Earlier in the year, Audioslave, Morello's band with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, reunited briefly to play The Anti-Inauguration Ball, a concert to protest the incumbent President of the United States, Donald Trump.
It was at that show that Audioslave were discussing a potential unique way to do a reunion. Morello revealed to Music Feeds how they imagined it going down:
"We started talking about maybe doing some sort of similar thing where maybe it would be a Prophets of Rage show and then we would drop an Audioslave set into the middle of it, and we’d have a ball."
Sadly, it wouldn't come to be as Cornell took his own life in May. Morello is really thankful to have been able to play one final set with his friend:
"I just say 'Thank god we played it,' you know? Audioslave hadn’t played in 12 years, although I’d played another show with Chris about a year before that. And it was wonderful to be close friends and to rock again and to play some Audioslave songs and stand next to him onstage with his — you know — his rock god powerful self, and his amazing voice and his amazing hair and his amazing whole thing, you know? It was wonderful."
Morello also revealed there is some unreleased Audioslave material out there:
"You know, we recorded music for Audioslave records, and then we recorded more songs than made those records, and I'm certain at some point it will come out but there's no plans for it. We had talked about it when, you know, Chris was alive and we thought at some point there will be the right time to put it out. Now I don't know that there's ever a right time to put it out, but there's no reason that it shouldn't come out at some point."
Morello and his surviving Audioslave bandmates have been paying tribute to Cornell at Prophets of Rage shows by covering the Audioslave "Like A Stone" and leaving an empty mic center stage lit up with a spotlight. It is a very poignant tribute.