Audioslave Almost Causes A Riot At L.A. Free Outdoor TV Taping


(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —

Just two weeks after their historic performance before 60,000 screaming fans in Havana,Cuba, Audioslave brought its show to its hometown of Los Angeles, shutting down Hollywood Boulevard on May 18 for a free concert and television performance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

In front of an exuberant audience numbering over 10,000, Audioslave performed their two current chart-topping singles "Be Yourself" and "Your Times Has Come" for airing on the Kimmel show. After the television performance was complete, the band performed a 40-minute set for the large crowd that included songs from Audioslave's upcoming "Out Of Exile" album, their self-titled debut as well as Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine tracks.

The band's set caused such pandemonium that Los Angeles police in full riot gear were deployed to help control the crowd, which broke down barricades as the show picked up momentum. The police and the fire department demanded to stop the concert after seven songs, but following a heated exchange between the band and authorities, Audioslave singer Chris Cornell quieted the crowd and the band played one more song, "Cochise," reinvigorating the already frenzied fans.

"It was great to shut down Hollywood Blvd. and play a free concert for our hometown fans," said guitarsi Tom Morello. "By the end of the night even several of the riot police had put down their batons and were rocking out."

Audioslave's "Out of Exile" will be in stores on May 24. The band's debut album, titled "Audioslave," has sold over 5 million records worldwide.

On May 6, Audioslave became the first American rock group to play Cuba, attracting the largest crowd to attend a concert by an American artist in the communist country's history. Fans wearing Audioslave t-shirts and those of other American rock bands were among the enormous crowd at the free outdoor concert at Havana's La Tribuna Antimperialista Jose Marti. Thousands of fans, some waving flags, even an American one, jumped up and down in unison as the band rocked on. The nearly two-and-a-half hour concert of 26 songs was the longest of Audioslave's career. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen