CHRIS CORNELL/RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Select New Name, Launch Web Site

After months of rumors, it appears that AUDIOSLAVE has been officially selected as the name of the new project featuring ex-SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell and former RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE members Tim Commerford (bass), Brad Wilk (drums), and Tom Morello (guitar). A web site residing on the Sonymusic.com servers has been launched at www.audioslavemusic.com, containing four small, blurry photos of the group's members, as well as a form which you can use to sign up for an official online newsletter.

As previously reported, AUDIOSLAVE recently signed a management deal with The Firm (i.e. KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, etc.) and are readying the release of their much-anticipated debut album, which is now not expected to surface before early 2003.

The band once rumored to be called CIVILIAN had originally started work on their debut album early last year and were due to perform at this year's US Ozzfest dates. Shortly after announcing the tour, Cornell left the group, due in part to the differences stemming from the two parties having separate management deals. However, the band recently reunited and was seeking a neutral third party for management of the project. Previously, the RATM members were with Peter Mensch and Cliff Burnstein's management company Q-Prime, while Cornell was managed by Jim Guerinot's Rebel Waltz.

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