Chris Cornell To Rage With The Machine

Former Soundgarden singer to join rock-rap group in studio next week; Rick Rubin will produce.

LOS ANGELES — The members of Rage Against the Machine will begin recording an album with former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell next week.

The still-unnamed group has written about 20 songs for the effort, which will be produced by Rick Rubin (Rage, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys). The band will not be called Rage Against the Machine, said Gayle Fine, spokesperson for Rage's management, Q Prime, which will co-manage the new group with Cornell's management, Rebel Waltz.

Rage guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk began jamming and writing songs with Cornell earlier this year following the October departure of vocalist Zack de la Rocha (see [article id="1441476"]"Chris Cornell, Rage Members Heading Back To Studio"[/article]).

Rebel Waltz's Jim Guerinot said the foursome's sound is more rock than rock-rap.

It's still unknown which label — Rage's Epic or Cornell's Interscope — will release the album.

Though Soundgarden achieved large-scale success during the mid-'90s, Cornell's subsequent solo career got off to a cool start, with 1999's Euphoria Morning selling only 316,000 copies to date. Soundgarden's last three albums sold more than 8 million copies altogether.