Ongoing History Daily: Audioslave difficulties

When Zack De La Rocha decided he’d had enough of being in Rage Against the Machine, the other three guys decided to stay together but with a different singer. The connection with Chris Cornell came when producer Rick Rubin suggested that they all jam together to see if there was any chemistry.

There was and they decided to go ahead but under a different name. But what? At first, they were going to be called Civilian and actually recorded some demos under that name. Then they found out that someone else already had dibs on that. “Okay, then, let’s go with Audioslave?” But it turned out there was a British band with that name.

However, things were solved when the UK group changed their name to The Most Terrifying Thing.

Monday’s post looked at Collective Soul.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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