Tom Morello Names The Audioslave Song That Shows Chris Cornell’s Rock God Presence

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello spoke to Kerrang! and listed the top ten songs from his entire career that have a special place in his life. One of his choices is an Audioslave song, in which he thinks Chris Cornell gave a powerful performance.

Tom Morello is best known for his incredible guitar performances using his distinctive playing style. Besides his successful career with Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave, Morello also decided to follow a solo career and released his debut studio album ‘The Atlas Underground’ in 2018, featuring several famous guests.

Then in 2020, Tom released an EP, in which he covered a Jimi Hendrix classic, ‘Voodoo Child,’ with his unique arrangement. His latest album, ‘The Atlas Underground Fire,’ was released on October 15, 2021, which features some prominent names like Eddie Vedder and Bruce Springsteen. Before his solo career, Audioslave was indeed one of the cornerstones in his career, and thus it is not a surprise that Morello recalled Chris Cornell when asked about his top ten tracks.

Also, in his previous interviews, Tom Morello always showed his admiration for his former bandmate and praised his incredible talent. Morello chose the Audioslave song ‘Cochise,’ the first track of their debut album, as his third top track in his recent list. This song is significant to him because it is Audioslave’s introduction track. Morello stated that this song was a great start to introduce Audioslave when combined with Cornell’s spectacular performance.

Here are Morello’s words on the Audioslave song he chose:

“Cochise was the introduction to Audioslave, where Chris Cornell, Tim, Brad, and I came together. Plus, it features one of my favorite riffs that I’ve ever written. It’s also got what I consider to be one of the greatest rock’n’roll videos of all time, lit only by fireworks, which shows the merging of these two musical forces.

It was Chris’ outrageously spectacular and terrifying voice, and his rock-god presence matched up with us three players. It was such a great way to show that band to the world.”

You can have a listen to ‘Cochise’ below.