LOS ANGELES — More than four years after forming, Audioslave are finally launching their first headlining arena tour.
“We’ve done smaller tours at the beginning of records, we’ve done Lollapalooza, but this is our first real official Audioslave tour,” guitarist Tom Morello said Thursday (August 18) during a break from rehearsals.
The trek kicks off September 25 in San Francisco and wraps up November 18 in Long Beach, California. Electronic-happy British rockers Kasabian and South African metal band Seether are opening.
“We’re very involved in picking the bands,” Morello said. “Kasabian is great. I know less about Seether, but I hear they rock.”
Audioslave’s set will mix songs from both their albums, as well as new material and tunes from their past bands.
“We were playing some Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden songs in the past, but we’ll probably be playing a wider variety of those this time out,” Morello said. “Between Rage, Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog, there’s 11 or 12 records of our own that we could draw from, so it’s pretty exciting.”
Audioslave have also been known to play a cover or two, such as the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” and Nick Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding,” although those days might be over.
“We have so much material now, including songs on Out of Exile that we haven’t even played yet,” singer Chris Cornell said. “We’re a band that loves to do covers, but the more music we put out, the less that will be happening.”
The fall trek will also mark another first for Audioslave. The band is donating a portion of the proceeds to various nonprofit organizations, including Morello and System of a Down singer Serj Tankian’s Axis of Justice.
Audioslave tour dates, according to their spokesperson (venues have not been announced):
- 9/25 – San Francisco, CA @ TBA
- 9/27 – Portland, OR @ TBA
- 9/28 – Everett, WA @ TBA
- 9/29 – Vancouver, BC @ TBA
- 10/1 – Edmonton, AB @ TBA
- 10/2 – Calgary, AB @ TBA
- 10/5 – Winnipeg, MB @ TBA
- 10/8 – Toronto, ON @ TBA
- 10/9 – London, ON @ TBA
- 10/10 – Montreal, QC @ TBA
- 10/12 – Columbus, OH @ TBA
- 10/14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ TBA
- 10/15 – Shiner, TX @ TBA
- 10/17 – Tampa, FL @ TBA
- 10/18 – Miami, FL @ TBA
- 10/19 – Orlando, FL @ TBA
- 10/22 – Houston, TX @ TBA
- 10/25 – Atlanta, GA @ TBA
- 10/26 – Washington, DC @ TBA
- 10/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
- 10/31 – Boston, MA @ TBA
- 11/1 – Hartford, CT @ TBA
- 11/2 – Portland, ME @ TBA
- 11/4 – Atlantic City, NJ @ TBA
- 11/6 – Detroit, MI @ TBA
- 11/7 – Chicago, IL @ TBA
- 11/9 – Grand Rapids, MI @ TBA
- 11/1 – Indianapolis, IN @ TBA
- 11/11 – Milwaukee, WI @ TBA
- 11/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
- 11/18 – Long Beach, CA @ TBA