TOM MORELLO Says Unreleased AUDIOSLAVE Material 'Will Come Out At Some Point'
October 25, 2018
Tom Morello has once again confirmed that there is "great" unreleased music from his previous band AUDIOSLAVE that will eventually see the light of day.
While answering questions as part of Kerrang's "In Conversation With" series, he said (see video below): "There's not a lot, but there is unreleased AUDIOSLAVE material, which his pretty great, and it will come out at some point. I don't know when."
Asked about the song "Sleight Of Hand", which AUDIOSLAVE played live but never released as a studio recording, Morello replied: "It was gonna be the first single for [AUDIOSLAVE's third and final studio album, 2006's] 'Revelations', but then Timmy [bassist Tim Commerford] really hated it, 'cause he thought it sounded like a DANZIG song, which is weird. And then he yelled 'Fuck you!' a lot to the head of the label. Next thing you know, we just said, 'Let's not put it on the record, 'cause we're about to get dropped.'"
Morello continued: "That one will see the light of day. There's some other jams too — there's some other real good jams — but I don't know when [they will surface]. [There's] no plans for that."
Last year, Morello told Music Radar that he even spoke with late AUDIOSLAVE frontman Chris Cornell about the unheard material, saying, "It's so sad: we had talked about playing more AUDIOSLAVE shows and releasing that material and doing something together in the not-too-distant future."
Morello told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that when AUDIOSLAVE first got together, they had to battle preconceptions of what they would sound like. "The second that people hear, 'Oh well SOUNDGARDEN and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE are joining forces. It's going to sound like this...,' or 'It's going to be like that,'" he said. "And we were able to completely shut all of that out and just concentrate on four friends writing tunes together. I think that was the key to the cohesion and the chemistry that we had."
Morello also told Music Radar that the writing Cornell did for guitar was unusual and challenging, explaining, "He had a very wonderful and unorthodox songwriting talent — it was sort of part BEATLES, part BLACK SABBATH, but he had this internal non-4/4 time signature clock in him that was really interesting, and it's in some of those AUDIOSLAVE songs where he would contribute chord progressions."
Cornell and Morello played together in AUDIOSLAVE from 2002 to 2007, recording three studio albums and a live LP.
The band reunited for a brief set in January 2017 at an event protesting the inauguration of Donald Trump. Cornell committed suicide in May of last year.