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After Zack de la Rocha put an end to Rage Against the Machine, the remaining members reformed as Audioslave with former Soundgarden vocalist, Chris Cornell, in 2001 in Los Angeles. They released their self-titled full-length debut in 2002, which reached multi-platinum status based partly on the commercial success of the single Cochise.
The music is fueled by Cornell's powerful voice, Tom Morello's unique and unconventional style of guitar playing, Tim Commerford's smooth and funky basslines, and Brad Wilk's powerful drumming. As with Rage Against the Machine, the band prides itself on the fact that all sounds are produced using only vocals, guitar, bass guitar, and drums.
On February 15, 2007, Chris Cornell officially announced his departure from Audioslave, issuing this statement:
"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."
The fact that Rage Against The Machine will be reforming for a number of festival appearances in summer 2008 (most notably headlining Lollapalooza) and that Chris Cornell plans to release and tour in support of a solo album further substantiate that Cornell's departure means the end for Audioslave.
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