While announcing that his new solo album "Carry On" will hit stores May 1st, Chris Cornell also announced this week that he is is permanently leaving Audioslave, citing "irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences."
Cornell went on to say, "I wish the other three members nothing but the best in all of their future endeavors."
That was the extent of Cornell's statement regarding his departure. But this afternoon, when MTV News spoke with Cornell about his decision to leave Audioslave, he said he had been thinking about leaving since the band finished recording its last effort, Revelations.
"It was clear to all of us we needed some time apart, and what that produces is anybody's guess," he said. "In my case, it produced a very prolific writing period, and getting back into writing songs on my own, liking what that means — which is sort of a freedom and time to just experiment with music to a degree I kind of like more — and making records that have everything I like about music in them. Audioslave was a very fresh collaboration because it was very much like a young band, where you all write together in a room. But my experience, in terms of songwriting and record-creating, is not like a 19-year-old guy in a rock band. For me to be satisfied, I think I need to be able to be on my own, in the long run."
The announcement comes just two weeks after Rage Against the Machine revealed they would be reuniting for this year's Coachella festival in Indio, California, on April 29, ending seven years of dormancy. It also raises speculation as to what the future holds for Rage — and whether a Soundgarden reunion could be in the works.
Rumors of Cornell's departure began last fall, when Audioslave elected not to tour behind last year's Revelations LP.
Of course with Audioslave coming to an end, fans have begun to wonder if this will open the door for a possible Soundgarden reunion, but when asked Cornell said it was doubtful.
"I haven't received any phone calls from anyone in Soundgarden about a reunion since we broke up, nor have I called anyone," he said. "We were happy with how it ended. There was no unfinished business. Soundgarden wasn't a band where we broke up and everyone was like, 'I'm never f---ing talking to you again.' It wasn't like that. We've all talked to each other many times since then. Its something we don't feel we need to do."