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Audioslave Biography

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Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, US
Years Active: 2001-2007
Genres: Hard Rock, Post-grunge, Alternative Rock

Audioslave was an American hard rock supergroup who formed in Los Angeles, California in 2001. It consisted of then-former Soundgarden frontman, rhythm guitarist, and lead singer Chris Cornell and the then-former instrumentalists of Rage Against the Machine: Tom Morello (guitar), Tim Commerford (bass and backing vocals) and Brad Wilk (drums).

The band's trademark sound was created by blending 1970s hard rock with 1990s alternative rock. Moreover, Morello incorporated his well-known, unconventional guitar solos into this mix. As with Rage Against the Machine, the band prided themselves on the fact that all sounds on their albums were produced using only guitar, bass, drums and vocals.

After vocalist Zack de la Rocha left Rage Against the Machine in October 2000, the remaining band members decided to stay together and announced plans to continue with a new vocalist. Several vocalists jammed with the three, until the producer Rick Rubin suggested the former Soundgarden vocalist, Chris Cornell. The quartet began working in the studio in late May 2001 with Rubin as producer.

The band's self-titled debut was released the following year, and peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 162,000 copies in its first week It was certified gold by the RIAA)within a month of release, and by 2006 became their most successful release, with a triple platinum certification.

The follow-up, 2005's “Out of Exile,” topped the Billboard 200 chart, and sold 263,000 copies in its first week.

The following year, Audioslave released their third studio album, “Revelations,” which peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 and sold 142,000 copies during its first week of release, achieving gold certification a month later.

After releasing three successful albums, receiving three Grammy nominations, and becoming the first American rock band to perform an open-air concert in Cuba, Cornell issued a statement in February 2007 announcing that he was permanently leaving the band. As the other three members were busy with the Rage Against the Machine reunion, and Morello and Cornell had each released solo albums in 2007, Audioslave was officially disbanded.