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Tom Morello Plays Rage Against the Machine, Pays Tribute to Chris Cornell at Seattle Concert

Tom Morello played Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” as part of the encore for his show at Seattle’s Neptune Theatre on Wednesday, November 6. After inviting a group of fans up on stage, he gave a short, arch intro for the track: “For our final selection tonight, we’re gonna play an old gospel number. If you know...

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Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil: It Would Be “Ridiculous” If We Don’t Get to Finish Our Last Album With Chris Cornell

Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil appeared on the SiriusXM show Trunk Nation recently and discussed the Chris Cornell vocal demos that are still in limbo. Following the frontman’s death in 2017, Thayil has been outspoken about Cornell apparently leaving behind enough vocal recordings to complete the new album the band was working on before their frontman’s passing. As Thayil has...

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Why Soundgarden Thought Being Compared to Led Zeppelin Was “a Thorn” in Their Side

Soundgarden was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time on October 15. In celebration of this honor, we are republishing this early feature with Soundgarden, which originally appeared in the December 1989 issue of SPIN. They’re Axl’s favorite band, one of the 150 or so that Ian Astbury loves and hopes to produce, and...

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Toni Cornell Releases New Song “Far Away Places” Produced by Her Dad

Toni Cornell has released her first-ever single titled “Far Away Places.” The song was produced and recorded by her father Chris Cornell at their home studio in Miami in February 2017, three months before he died by suicide at 52. “Far Away Places” serves as the musical centerpiece of a short film by the same...

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Watch Prophets of Rage Cover Audioslave’s “Cochise” in Chris Cornell Tribute

Prophets of Rage—the rap-rock revival band comprised of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill alumni—paid tribute to Chris Cornell during a performance last night in Athens. The group covered “Cochise,” the 2002 single that Tom Morello co-wrote with Cornell while they were in Audioslave. “If you know the words, sing along, because you’re his voice now,”...

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Stream Soundgarden’s New Album Live from the Artists Den

Soundgarden have released a new live album. Titled Live from the Artists Den, the 29-track release documents the band’s 2013 performance at Los Angeles’ historic Wiltern Theater. The release is joined by a new concert film documenting the performance, which is also out today. Their Live from the Artists Den release includes fan favorites like...

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The 69 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1999

1999 essentially marked the end of the alternative dream floated by punk bands in the ’80s, sold by record companies in the ’90s, and eventually rebooted in the Garden State ’00s. Five years earlier, alternative-minded Gen-Xers made Woodstock ’94 their own by throwing mud (Green Day) or wearing mud (Nine Inch Nails). Woodstock ’99 was,...

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Kim Thayil: New Soundgarden Album “Stalled” Over Chris Cornell Demos

Soundgarden were working on a new album at the time of Chris Cornell’s death in 2017, but surviving members Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Ben Shepherd have been struggling to complete it in his absence. In a new interview with MusicRadar, Soundgarden guitarist Thayil offered some new insight into the state of that unfinished album. “It was demos,” said...

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Tom Morello Pays Tribute to Chris Cornell on Vocalist’s 55th Birthday: “Let’s Keep Rocking Out”

Today would have been the 55th birthday of Chris Cornell, who sadly passed away two years ago in May. Today, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello commemorated his former Audioslave bandmate’s birthday on Twitter, where he told a touching story about his kids and their relationship with their band’s music. “My kids recently discovered Audioslave,” he...

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From Johnny Cash to Metallica: 9 Amazing Covers of Chris Cornell’s Songs

Since Chris Cornell’s passing just over two years ago, covers of his songs—whether his solo work or songs recorded with Soundgarden and Audioslave—often pop up in the live sets of artists who used to work with Cornell or just admired him. Most recently, it was his Temple of the Dog bandmate Eddie Vedder who performed a heartfelt cover of “Seasons,” the Soundgarden...

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