Rock supergroup Audioslave reunites for anti-Trump show

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New York (AFP)

The rock supergroup Audioslave on Wednesday announced its first concert in more than a decade as part of protests against Donald Trump's presidential inauguration.

Audioslave -- fronted by Soundgarden's Chris Cornell with guitarist Tom Morello and other members of Rage Against the Machine -- will play the "Anti-Inaugural Ball" Friday in Los Angeles.

The show will be led by Prophets of Rage -- a newer supergroup that brings together Morello with Public Enemy rapper Chuck D and Cypress Hill rapper B-Real.

The Anti-Inaugural Ball -- which will be livestreamed and raise funds for an anti-sexual assault group -- will also feature veteran protest artist Jackson Browne, Hollywood star and singer Jack Black and rapper Vic Mensa.

Cornell is one of the most prominent singers and guitarists of Seattle's grunge era. In forming Audioslave in the early 2000s, he brought in much of Soundgarden's classic rock sound to which guitar virtuoso Morello added his charged solos.

While Audioslave took part in protest shows, the band was not as intensely political as proudly leftist Rage Against the Machine.

Audioslave last performed in 2005 and, after the band released a third album a year later, Cornell announced his departure from the band, citing personal differences.

Prophets of Rage came together last year with political anthems amid the bitter presidential election, with the motto: "Dangerous times demand dangerous songs."