Singer Chris Cornell says goodbye to Audioslave

Singer Chris Cornell has said goodbye to the rest of Audioslave due to “irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences.”

The 42-year-old Cornell, who rose to fame with the Seattle rock band Soundgarden, plans to return to his solo music career with the May 1st release of ‘Carry On’ – his second album as a solo artist.

“Due to irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences, I am permanently leaving the band Audioslave. I wish the other three members nothing but the best in all of their future endeavors,” Cornell said in a prepared statement.

The announcement comes on the heels of Audioslave members Tom Morello (guitarist), Tim Commerford (bassist) and Brad Wilk (drummer) announcing a reunion of Rage Against the Machine with singer Zack de la Rocha. The group is scheduled to play at  Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 29th. It will be the first time Rage Against the Machine has played together in seven years, and no other performances have been announced.

Audioslave stormed onto the music scene in 2001 (shortly after Rage Against the Machine broke up), and have released three studio albums. The group also became the first American rock band to play an outdoor concert in Cuba.

Cornell’s announcement also comes after poor sales of the band’s latest album ‘Revelations’ – which has only sold 409,000 copies in the United States. This is a drastic change compared to the 3.1 million copies of Audioslave’s self-titled debut album in 2002 and the 1.1 million sales of the follow-up ‘Out of Exile’ in 2005.

Cornell’s ‘Carry On’ was produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2, Rolling Stones), and is the follow-up to the singer’s 1999 solo album ‘Euphoria Morning’ – which was released two years after the demise of Soundgarden.

The album is set to include “You Know My Name” – which was featured as the main title song for the James Bond film Casino Royale. Other tracks on the album are said to include a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” and new songs “No Such Thing” and “Poison Eye.”

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