CORNELL/RAGE: The Los Angeles Times Perspective

The following item originally appeared in yesterday's edition of The Los Angeles Times:

RAGE OFF: A lot of questions were raised with word that Chris Cornell had left the new band he formed with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk. But one that may prove the most complicated to resolve concerns the contractual disposition of the band's upcoming album.

The original arrangement had Epic Records (RAGE's label) releasing the record, with a planned eventual second record to come out through Interscope (Cornell records for the company's A&M label). Now there's almost certainly not going to be a second. So what happens to the delicate inter-corporate arrangement?

As with everything else in this matter, the principal parties are not commenting. The buzz, though, is that from the beginning, the original contracts already had profits split. However, will Interscope be willing to let Epic have all the credit for releasing the album? Or maybe Interscope will be happy to let Epic have the album, given that there will be no active band to promote it.

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