BRAD WILK On CHRIS CORNELL: 'At Your Core, You Were A Smart, Sweet And Gentle Soul'

May 19, 2017

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk has paid tribute to Chris Cornell, saying that his former AUDIOSLAVE bandmate was "a smart, sweet and gentle soul."

AUDIOSLAVE featured Cornell alongside Wilk and fellow RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE members Tim Commerford (bass) and Tom Morello (guitar).

AUDIOSLAVE came together in 2001 following the then-dissolution of both SOUNDGARDEN and RAGE, releasing three studio albums and a historic concert set recorded in Cuba before Cornell exited in 2007, ending the band.

In an Instagram post, Wilk wrote about Cornell: "The sadness of you leaving I can not begin to describe here. So close to home. I was in awe of your talent. The time I was able to spend with you, which was not enough, I will forever cherish. At your core, you were a smart, sweet and gentle soul. This is how I will always remember you. Love you Chris. Hard to believe this picture marks the last time I will ever see you here on earth."

AUDIOSLAVE performed together for the first time in over a decade on January 20, reuniting at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles as part of the Anti-Inaugural Ball, a star-studded concert protesting the swearing-in of Donald Trump as the nation's 45th president. The band played three of its best-known songs: "Cochise", "Like A Stone" and "Show Me How To Live".

Cornell was found dead in his hotel room after performing a show with SOUNDGARDEN in Detroit on Wednesday evening. Officials later confirmed he had hanged himself.