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Audioslave To Perform Together For First Time In Over A Decade

Audioslave is coming back together for the first time in more than a decade to play at the Anti-Inaugural Ball on Friday (January 20) in Los Angeles. 

The group -- featuring the instrumentalists from Rage Against The Machine and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell -- broke up in 2007 but will join the Rage members' Prophets Of Rage, Jackson Browne, Jack Black, Vic Mensa and the Los Angeles Freedom Choir at the event, which is, as the title indicates, designed to counter and protest the inauguration of Donald Trump that day in Washington D.C.

Audioslave came together during 2001 after both Rage and Soundgarden had broken up; It released three studio albums and a live DVD during the subsequent six years.

Prophets Of Rage, of course, was formed by the three Rage members -- Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk -- along with rappers Chuck D of Public Enemy and B-Real of Cypress Hill specifically to be part of the dissent during the charged presidential election.

Morello tells us that,

"It began, I think, with my outrage about how of the major media outlets kept referring to both the Trump and Sanders campaigns as raging against the machine, and I was like, 'Well, we'll show you what it really means to rage against the machine’...It just didn't feel like we could in good conscience sit on the sidelines during this tumultuous time of moral conflict."

 

Prophets Of Rage has recorded one new song, "The Party's Over," and released an EP and has more touring planned for 2017.

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.