Watch the Surviving Members of Audioslave Perform With an Empty Mic in Honor of Chris Cornell
Bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk — currently touring as three-fifths of the rap-rock supergroup Prophets of Rage with Public Enemy‘s Chuck D and Cypress Hill‘s B-Real — have now taken time out to honor Cornell more than once since the singer’s suicide several weeks ago. As previously reported, the band was recently joined by System of a Down vocalist Serj Tankian for a live rendition of the Audioslave track “Like a Stone”; Tankian, like Cornell, contributed music to the movie The Promise earlier this year.
The trio also performed “Like a Stone” as an instrumental in the studio — which is the same approach they took in Berlin, with the added poignant touch of shining a spotlight over an unoccupied mic onstage while they played. That rendition, which you can watch via the fan-shot Instagram footage embedded below, found the crowd handling the song’s lyrics in Cornell’s stead.
Although Audioslave suffered a somewhat contentious split in 2007, friendships between the former band members were rekindled in recent years; Cornell expressed a willingness to explore further activity after a reunion show in January of 2017, and there had earlier been talk of potentially putting out unreleased material. The group’s final album, Revelations, was released in 2006.
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