Rocker Chris Cornell has quit Audioslave, citing "irresolvable personality conflicts" and "musical differences" for his decision.
The former Soundgarden frontman joined former Rage Against The Machine bandmates TOM MORELLO, BRAD WILK and TIM COMMERFORD to form Audioslave in 2001.
After a brief split the following year (02), the group released hit single COCHISE and a self-titled debut.
The group followed that hit album by debuting follow-up OUT OF EXILE at number one in the US charts in 2005 and capitalised on their success as an overnight supergroup by performing a historic show in Havana, Cuba, which was filmed for DVD release LIVE IN CUBA.
Audioslave released their third album, REVELATIONS, last September (06), while Cornell went solo to record the Bond theme YOU KNOW MY NAME for Casino Royale and an album.
The group's future appeared shaky at the beginning of 2007 when Morello, Wilk and Commerford announced they'd be reforming Rage Against The MAChine with former singer ZACH DE LA ROCHA for the upcoming Coachella Music + Arts Festival in California.
And, in a statement released yesterday (15FEB07), announcing the May (07) release of Cornell's 13th career album CARRY ON, the rock star wrote, "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 endeavours."