This year marks the return of Chris Cornell. The Soundgarden frontman will release his first solo album since 2011, Higher Truth, in September; plus, he has plans to reissue his debut solo LP under an alternate title later this week. Cornell’s comeback might not stop there, either: Recently, he spoke about the possibility of an Audioslave reunion.
“I think it would be great,” he told Total Guitar of the idea. “We did a lot of songs, and with the benefit of not having done anything with those guys for so long, I can’t imagine what it would be. It would be a really amazing experience just to get back and work with the same guys again.”
Audioslave — which also featured then-former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk — called it quits in 2007 after Cornell left the band. At the time, the lead singer had cited “irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences” as reasons for his departure.
He’s singing a bit of a different tune these days, though. Elsewhere in the interview, he talked at length about the supergroup’s dynamic chemistry, saying:
“We were certainly a prolific group of people; we wrote three whole albums in around five years, maybe less. And these were albums that were raw, and we had extra material, and we just never seemed to have trouble ever trying to agree on what would come out of the songs.”
Cornell added, “They were great guys, and I really enjoyed the experience that I had with them, so yeah, I would always be open to doing something.”
In related news, it was revealed that former Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley almost joined Audioslave prior to his death in 2002.