AUDIOSLAVE's CHRIS CORNELL: 'There's No Reason To Not Stay Together'

Launch Radio Networks reports: AUDIOSLAVE vocalist Chris Cornell made news last week on two fronts: not only did he land the coveted gig of singing the theme for the next James Bond movie, but rumors flared that he was planning to leave AUDIOSLAVE and concentrate on his solo career. Cornell dismissed the speculation, telling Launch that there is a future for AUDIOSLAVE. "Absolutely," he said. "I think this kind of stuff always shows up, and I think as time goes on, the way that people communicate changes and really, like, one comment can ignite something that really can take on a life of its own. And then, you know, you have things like me announcing that I'm doing different things on my own, but, you know, at the end of the day, it's like, we've been a band, we've made three records in five years. There's no reason to not stay together and there's no reason to not keep making records."

Cornell's Bond theme, "You Know My Name", will appear in "Casino Royale", which will introduce Daniel Craig as the sixth actor to play the British agent. The singer said he wasn't initially sure about taking the assignment. "I haven't been a fan of Bond movies recently much, and wasn't sure," he said. "Then I heard about the actor, Daniel Craig, and thought, 'Wow, that's a really weird, interesting choice.'And I went and saw some of the movie and it was unbelievable, and then I realized, 'Oh, okay, I'm kind of the right guy for this job, that's why they called me.'And I'm pretty thrilled to be doing the song."

Daniel Craig's previous films include "Munich" and "Layer Cake". "Casino Royale" opens on November 17.

AUDIOSLAVE's third album, "Revelations", is due out on September 5. The band has not announced any plans yet to tour in support of the record.

Cornell intends to hit the studio at the end of the summer to begin recording his second solo album, following 1999's "Euphoria Morning". He hopes to play some solo shows as well.

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