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Frequently Asked Questions

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Last Updated 25/03/05

---A) Equipment


01. Does Brad use Zildjian or Paiste cymbals?
Brad has been using Zildjian cymbals since the early days of Rage. However, he has switched to Paiste cymbals on all his kits since the 2nd quarter of 2003, and is listed under 'USA Signings' at

02. What is his current setup?

Gretsch, chrome finish, black sparkle stripe.
8x14 Tama bell brass snare
8x12 Rack Tom
14x14 Floor Tom
16x16 Floor Tom
18x22 Bass Drum

All Zildjian void [awaiting update for 2005]
18" Z Custom Crash
14" A New Beat HiHats
19" K Dark Crash
21" A Rock Ride
18" Z Custom Crash

Vic Firth 5B Xtreme


SNARE: Remo Coated (top), Ambassador (bottom)
TOMS: Coated Emperors (top), Clear Ambassadors (bottom)
BASS: Clear Pinstripe

All DW, and DW 5000 Bass Drum pedal
In the Show Me How To Live video Brad uses a drum kit with a yellow finish and no artwork on the front of the bass drum.

03. Where can I find Audioslave drum tablature?
Right here.

04. What is painted on the front of Brad's bass drum?
It is the Audioslave flame logo.


01. Does Chris use any vocal effects on 'Audioslave'?
On Gasoline Chris uses a slight reverb effect. On Bring 'Em Back Alive Chris uses a 'singing through a fan' effect, and at the end of Show Me How To Live Chris hits his throat with the side of his hand as he changes pitch to produce an unusual effect.

02. Does Chris use any digital effects live?
No, he does not use those effects live.

03. What microphone does Chris use?
Chris endorses Shure microphones ( He sings into a U24D/Beta58 and also uses a PSM600 wireless.

03. What are the sounds he makes at the end of Exploder?
That is 'scatting', a type of jazz vocals that involve singing syllables in a rhythm.

04. He writes all his own lyrics, doesn't he?
Yes, he certainly does.

05. Where can I find Audioslave lyrics?
The most complete source in my inevitably biased opinion is the Lyrics section of The A.N.P.


01. What bass is he using with Audioslave?

Fender Jazz Bass [black finish, mirror pick-guard, rosewood fingerboard]
Fender Jazz Bass [natural finish, cut-odd color pick-guard, maple fingerboard]*

*Many of Tim's basses are rumored to have precision necks and most, if not all, of Tim's basses have thumb bridges.

02. Which pedals/effects does he use?
Jim Dunlop 105Q Bass Wah x2 [run into each other, linked by a board]
Marshall Gov'ner [status unknown]
BOSS DD-3 [status unknown]
EBS Envelope IQ [possibly used on Cochise wah sound, no rocking]
Lots of A/B boxes [one may be for distortion, as that is a feature of the SVT-2. Also, they may be used to control all of his amps with a Mesa A backup]

03. What make are his amplifiers?
Mesa M-Pulse Head [bigger model]
x2Ampeg SVT-2
Ashdown Head [unknown model]
Ampeg 4x10s [in case with built in microphones]

04. What strings does he use?
According to Matt Parlane:Tim uses standard 4-string Fender Jazz basses, but he uses 5-string string sets, discarding the top G string. So, his tuning goes: B E A D. As far as I can tell, he's used this since starting with Audioslave - I don't think he ever did it with Rage.

04. Where can I find Audioslave bass tablature?
Try here.


01. Which guitars did he use on the 'Audioslave' album?

'Soul Power', custom Fender Stratocaster.
'Arm The Homeless' [retired after 'Audioslave'].
'Creamy' or St. George MP-2 02.

02. Which guitars does he use live?
'Soul Power', custom Fender Stratocaster.
'Bright Sunburst' Gibson Les Paul.
'Two-Tone Sunburst' Gibson Les Paul.
'Sendero Luminoso', stock Fender Telecaster.
'Ibanez Roadstar', Arm The Homeless backup.

03. Which tuning is assigned to each guitar?
'Soul Power', custom Fender Stratocaster [Standard]
'Bright Sunburst' Gibson Les Paul [Dropped B]
'Two-Tone Sunburst] Gibson Les Paul [Dropped B]
'Sendero Luminoso' stock Fender Telecaster [Dropped D]
'Arm The Homeless' [Standard]
'Ibanez Roadstar' [Standard]'
Creamy', St. George MP-2 [Dropped B]

04. What is on his pedal board at the moment?
Digitech WH-1 Whammy Pedal
DOD FX-40 Equalizer
Jim Dunlop Crybaby Wah
BOSS DD-2 Digital Delay
BOSS TR-2 Tremolo
MXR Phase 9005.

05. What model amplifier does he use?
50 Watt Marshall 2205 with Peavey Cabinet, however, in the Show Me How To Live video Tom uses a Music Man 212-75 (75 watt) amplifier manufactured between late 1980 and late 1984.06.

06. What brand of picks does he use?
Jim Dunlop 'Tortex' Purple Jazz.

07. How does he make some of those sounds?
SHADOW ON THE SUN GUITAR SOLO [Explained by Morello]:
However digitally altered this may sound, it's all live. Rather than using a guitar that has a toggle switch configured to one pickup off, on pickup on, the guitar has off, on, off, which allows for a 'Hummingbird Wing' effect.

COCHISE INTRO [Explained by Morello]:The 'helicopter effect' is created by using a really fast slap back delay and just whacking the strings.

LIKE A STONE SOLO [Explained by Morello]:Set your Digitech Whammy pedal two octaves up with the pedal fully depressed and a long delay on it. You just hit each note, bring it up two octaves, and the delay makes it sound epic.

WHAT YOU ARE SOLO [Explained by Morello]:This is all one performance with a Wah-Wah pedal. It's in three parts. The initial "Waooh" is a low B and it's followed by hitting all strings above the nut, which makes a sort of 'high end' sound. Then the third sound is the Whammy pedal set to a fifth, and you just manipule the Whammy pedal on your guitar to make that little shaky melody. Then, at the end of each of the phrases it's just toggling while making the bar go through the sweep of the pedal. Don't worry, it sounds much more complicated than it is.

BRING 'EM BACK ALIVE SOLO [Explained by Morello]:This requires a non-stop feedback snake to hold for the whole solo. This is created using the bridge pickup

09. Where can I find Audioslave guitar tablature?
You might try here.

B) History


01. Where was he born and when?

Portland, Oregon. 5th of September, 1968. In 2005, he turns 37.

02. When did he take up drums?
He got his first CB700 kit when he was 14, but had been playing on a practice pad since he was 13. He took lessons for 2 years.

03. Is it true he has a strange connection with the number 3?
Yes. "Ever since I was eight or nine I've gravitated to the number three. It something that has always been a really heavy number for me. It's tattooed on my arm, and I count in threes. Everyone in school was taught two, four, six, eight, ten - I'd count in threes in the way I'd walk, even in the decisions I'd make. It was all based on threes."

04. What are those tattoos he has?
On his right arm there is a lion's head, on his left there is a stylized tattoo of the number 3.

05. What other bands has he been a part of before Audioslave?
Besides Rage Against The Machine, Brad has played drums for Pearl Jam in live shows around '92, and collaborated with Maynard James Keenan and members of Faith No More and Queens of the Stone Age.

06. What are some of his musical influences?
AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, The Who, John Bonham, The Sex Pistols, James Brown, George Clinton, The Meters.

07. Does he play any other instruments?
Besides drums, Brad plays bass, guitar and piano.

08. Does he have a partner or any children?
He has been in a long term relationship for about 11 years, and no children.


01. Where was he born and on what day?
Seattle, July 20, 1964. In 2005, he turns 41.

02. What was the first band he joined and when?
The name is unknown but they were reportedly a mixture of punk and metal.Chris played drums.

03. When did Chris first become a vocalist?
In the mid 80's Chris switched to vocals in a band that would later become Soundgarden.

04. What other bands has he been a part of, besides Audioslave?
He is best known as the vocalist and later rhythm guitarist of Soundgarden, however he has also acted as vocalist for the Alex Wood tribute band Temple Of The Dog, released a solo album with the help of band 'Eleven' titled 'Euphoria Morning' and participated in various other collaborations.

05. What other instruments does he play?
Chris plays bass, guitar and drums.

06. What are some of his musical influences?
Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Police, Eleven, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Waits, Smokey Robinson, Sly & The Family Stone, The Beatles, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Bon Scott, Joe Cocker, Terry Cath, Ian Gillan, Marray Head.

07. What is that tattoo on his right bicep?
I believe it is his ex-wife's initials and her birthday. This is the only tattoo Chris Cornell is known to have.

08. Is it true that he's spent time in rehab?
Yes. Throughout the years Chris has had trouble with drugs and alcohol, but these days he is doing much better.

09. Does Chris have a partner or any children?
Chris is believed to have gone through a divorce during his time with Audioslave. He has a child from this mariage, a daughter [Lilian Jean], was born in 2000. Now he is believed to be married to a French publicist.


01. Where was he born and on what day?

Tim grew up in Southern California, yet he has not publicly revealed his birth-date. He's believed to be in his late-thirties.

02. When did he take up bass?
He was introduced to bass by Zack de la Rocha in high-school.

03. How much of his body is tattooed and why?
In the early days of Rage Tim had several tattoos which are now covered. They were:

A black arm on his left bicep which was done out of respect for his mother, probably done around 1986.
A praying mantis on his right pectoral which might have been there before the black arm band.
The right side of his back was inked with a huge face and 'the evil eye'.
A green man (Celtic god?) tattoo on his right bicep.

These tattoos existed up until '96 when he had the right side of his chest and arm completely filled in with a contouring solid ink shield. By 1999 Tim had work completed on his back, down to his tailbone and matched up the left side of his chest and arm with the exact same solid contouring ink pattern of his right side. Similar designs now also cover his buttocks and left leg.Though some say the spinning wheel design on his shoulders is a pagan symbol (which may prove consistent with his original 'green man' tattoo and the overall Celtic warrior-esque nature of his tattoo designs) the most detailed sources site the symbols featured as such:

TOMOYEOKINAWAN KARATE SYMBOL "The design featured on the Okinawan Karate Patch was originally the seal of the Okinawan king, Sho-ha-shi. The king would place this seal on all government official documents to ensure that no one would read the documents as well as to prove that any orders inside the document were by the authority of the king." (May be some representation of Tim's secretive nature?) The Black and White colors represent the opposites of Yin and Yang. It is also natural for a seal to only consist of one color (in this case black) on a white document. The circular nature of the patch represents perfection. A circle is never ending. It has no beginning and no end.

Tim also signed his infamous note "Our Father" with the numbers 999. (999 is a mathematical term for the continuation symbol; Tim's mother was a gifted mathematician.)

Tim says that getting the tattoos is a painful process, but the test of endurance and feeling of accomplishment makes it worth it. Sometimes he stands naked in the mirror and surveys himself, like a work of art.

04. What are his hobbies outside music?
Poetry, writing, drawing, touch football, rock climbing, mountain-bike riding and various other sports to name a few.

05. What bands has he been a part of before Audioslave?
None besides Rage Against The Machine, as far as I'm aware.

06. What are his musical influences?
He enjoys listening to jazz (and the great jazz bassists), as well as rock, punk and hip-hop music. These influences have helped develop his signature fusion of styles.

07. Does he play any other instruments?
In his spare time Tim spends more time playing upright-bass than electric bass.

08. Is it true he changed his name on every Rage record?
Yes. Some variations include Timmy C, and YTK.

09. Didn't he pull a stunt at the MTV music awards?
At one of these events Timmy climbed up the scaffolding and started rocking the whole structure back and forth. He was pulled down by security guards.

11. Is it true he scaled the scaffolding in Cochise?
You might have seen the video titled 'Tim's Climbs' in the ConnecteD area. He scales the tower the Cochise video was shot on top of with no safety equipment.

12. Does he have a partner or any children?
Tim is either married or in a long term relationship with the mother of his first child, Xavier Commerford, born sometime in 2002.

13. What football team does he follow?
He is a devoted fan of the Denver Broncos.


01. Where was he born and on what day?
May 30th 1964 in New York City, but grew up in Libertyville, IL. In 2005, Tom will turn 41.

02. Isn't his mother the founder of an anti-censorship organization?
Yes. It is called 'Parents for Rock and Rap'.

03. Wasn't his father a Guerrilla in the Kenyan Mau-Mau uprising?
Yes, this is true.

04. What are some of his political beliefs?
Tom is a socialist. He is very politically active and supports causes against racism, sexism, slave labor, cglobalisation and inequality. He has also supported such prominent figures as Mumia Abu-Jamal and Leonard Peltier.

05. What are some things he enjoyed as a kid?
Tom played Dungeons & Dragons, has always loved Star Trek and was a member of the school Drama Club.

06. Was he ever in a band with one of the members of Tool?
Yes. It was called Lock Up, and Tom did guitar and back-up vocals. His ties with Tool have remained until this very day.

07. When did he first begin playing guitar?
Tom picked the guitar up briefly in his teens, but began in earnest when he was 18 years old.

08. Did Tom go to university?
Tom attended Harvard University and graduated Political Science.

09. What are some of his musical influences?
The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Jimi Hendrix, KISS, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi, Randy Rhoads, Steve Jones, Ace Frehley, Angus Young, Jam Master J, Albert King, Wes Montgomery, David Gilmour, Chemical Brothers, Portishead, Paul Robeson, Billy Bragg, Public Enemy, Bob Dylan, Gang Of Four, The Doves, Bruce Springsteen, MC5.

10. Does he play any other instruments?
Tom Morello plays bass on Puff Daddy's 'Come With Me' featured on the Godzilla soundtrack (along with the Rage song 'No Shelter').

11. Does he have a partner or any children?
Tom Morello has been in a long term relationship with the 'daring rebel girl' Sweet D or Denise Luiso and has no children.


01. Why did Rage Against The Machine break up?

Due to tensions between all members of the band in that environment, and due to increasing distance from the vocalist Zack de la Rocha. On the 'Renegades' album, vocals were recorded in a separate studio and later added to the music.

02. Why did Soundgarden break up?
Due to general tensions between band members and difficulty writing music together.

03. Why did Chris and the band from Rage get together?
The union was originally recommended by famous producer Rick Rubin who has handled such bands as Silverchair, System of a Down, Tool, The Mars Volta, Rage Against The Machine, Beastie Boys, Slayer, Run D.M.C, Public Enemy, L. L. Cool J, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty and now Audioslave.

Chris had been a much admired vocalist by all the members of Rage, and the band found an instant musical and personal chemistry together. They say they felt like a unit immediately, and wrote three songs in week 1.

04. Is it true the band split up at one point?
Due to management problems the band split up for a short time until an agreement was reached between the two companies managing the business side of things. EPIC was to manage this 'Audioslave' record, 'The Firm' was to manage the second Audioslave album.

05. Weren't they originally called 'Civilian'?
Yes, but then they found out the name was taken.

06. How did they decide on the name 'Audioslave'?
The name Audioslave came to Chris in a shaman-like vision. You don't argue with those. However, this name was also taken by a little-known English band, who were then paid 30,000 dollars for use of the moniker.

07. Why did Chris decide not to play guitar?
Originally Chris was jamming along with Tom on guitar, but it was decided that it was much easier to let Tom handle that area of things and let Chris concentrate on his vocals. However, Chris helps to write some of the music.

08. Where and when did they first perform together?
Their first live performance was the shooting of the Cochise video. Soon afterwards they performed a few un-announced shows at bars around California, and then their first major performance on the Ed Sullivan Theatre Rooftop for The David Letterman show.

C) Rumors

01. Audioslave are a one off project, aren't they?
Their second album is due out in May, with Be Yourself as the first single. The release will be followed by a world tour throughout 2005. Audioslave are as much a band as U2.

02. Is it true that Chris won't write any political songs?
You may have heard that Chris wouldn't join the band if they were political. When this was mentioned to Chris in an interview at KROQ radio, he said he had heard a lot of rumors, but not that one. Though his lyrics are not as blatantly political as those of Zack de la Rocha, some of his lyrics are clearly influenced by current affairs and his thoughts and feelings on these. At Audioslave shows the band have proudly displayed a stance against war, and Chris performed a gig in Milan wearing black camouflage paint and a U.S army uniform. Audioslave are not a 'political' band, but they have political opinions just like most people.

03. Was the Like A Stone video shot in a house Hendrix lived in?
There's a rumor that Jimmi Hendrix wrote Purple Haze while living in that house. When this was put to Chris, he said that was impossible because Purple Haze was written when Hendrix was virtually unknown.

04. Is Eddie Vedder thanked in the Audioslave CD booklet?
Yes, under the name Wes C.Adle.

05. I see Serj Tankian's name in the CD Booklet too!
Yeah, that's because Tom Morello runs an organization called 'Axis Of Justice' with him. The function of the organization is to empower young people with information on issues that affect them, and teach them ways to get involved. Serj is most famous for is work as vocalist of System Of A Down, but is also a member of collaboration 'Serart' with folk artist Arto Tuncboyaciyan.

D) Videos

01. Is it true one of the guys got burned in the Cochise video?
Yes - Brad Wilk received some minor burns to the back and scalp from all the fireworks going off not far behind him.

02. Is Tim's kid in the Like A Stone video?
Yep - that's the little fella up on his dad's shoulders.

03. Is the SMHTL video was based on a 70's car chase movie?
Yes, the movie is called Vanishing Point, and quite a bit of the footage in the video is from that film.
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