Audioslave will perform for the first time in 11 years on Friday night at the Teragram Ballroom, supporting Prophets of Rage for what is being billed as the Anti-Inaugural Ball. Who has two thumbs and got a ticket to this show? This motherfucking guy.
The show was announced at about 4:55 PM on Tuesday, with tickets going on sale at 5 PM. Also billed as guests are Vic Mensa, Jackson Browne, Jack Black, and the Los Angeles Freedom Choir. Prophets of Rage is comprised of Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tom Commerford, and Brad Wilk, along with Cypress Hill’s B-Real and Public Enemy’s Chuck D and DJ Lord. Audioslave is Morello, Commerford, and Wilk with Chris Cornell of Soundgarden as lead vocalist. This is beyond fucking incredible. Pitchfork has reported that Audioslave will indeed play a full set.
Audioslave’s debut self-titled album dropped in 2002 and it was a revelation. Though I was definitely a Rage fan, Cornell is one of my all-time favorite male vocalists — the dude has as large of a range as any singer currently alive. I never thought I’d get to see them perform, and getting to see them in a 600-capacity venue is just an unreal dream. This is the kind of shit that makes it easy for me to defend L.A. whenever anyone talks trash about it. These kinds of things happen few other places.
The show will reportedly be streamed on the band’s Facebook page.