Chris Cornell Was A Slave To The Royalties

Stereogum | February 23, 2007 - 9:37 am

The news of Audioslave’s breakup was met with a collective “finally!” in rock circles and hope from Soundgarden fans that the split was because of a possible reunion for the grunge legends. Well we quickly learned that there will be no Soundgarden reformation after all, and now Page 6 gets the dirt on the real reason for Audioslave’s parting ways: Cornell wanted more cash.

CHRIS Cornell quit his band, Audioslave, forever last week because of “irresolvable personality conflicts,” but sources say it was about the money. “Chris was unhappy with the financial arrangement within the group – he wrote all the music, yet the other three bandmates took an equal share in the multimillion-dollar publishing rights,” a Cornell friend said.

Think he was being greedy? Or should the principal songwriter always take a bigger cut? Coldplay splits it four ways, if that means anything to you. We’ve heard Radiohead splits their money evenly as well, although some say Thom gets “a little more, nothing major.” In the case of Audioslave, Chris wanted a larger share of the royalties, the band wanted an equal share; guess that qualifies as “irresolvable personality conflicts.” Although the band probably should have paid us for suffering through the self-affirming tripe of “Be Yourself.”