By: Kidman J. Williams
Audioslave hit the stage again after almost 12 years on Friday night in Los Angeles at the Anit-Inaugural Ball. Audioslave was the supergroup made up of Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog) and the memebers of Rage Against the Machine, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk.
The last time that these men were on a stage together was back in 2005 and broke up in 2007 shortly after the release of their third disc, Revelations.
So, how did the performance go? Well…not so great.
The band played like they were getting paid and Cornell’s vocals seemed off key, tired, and frankly bored to be there on Like a Stone.
They did three songs at the ball that was held with a big middle finger to the new POTUS Donald Trump. They went on stage with Cochise, Show Me How to Live, and Like a Stone.
During the song Cochise, Cornell can be heard a bit off key, phoning in high notes and you can distinctly here his voice cracking and breaking.
Overall the performance was what it was, a chance for them to get together for one particular cause. It is amazing how well people can get together when they have a common enemy. Morello went on record talking about the event, “We are staring down the barrel of a dystopian nightmare unless we act now, unless we fight back now.”
I just wish they would have fought back with a better set of music. I like Cornell, but something seems to be missing in his performance, like maybe a good studio pitch corrector.