Breaking news: I am sad to inform you all that Audioslave has broken up. Just a few hours ago, former Soundgarden frontman and Audioslave lead singer Chris Cornell released the following statement:

"Due to irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences, I am permanently leaving the band Audioslave. I wish the other three members" — guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk — "nothing but the best in all of their future endeavors."

Audioslave's break-up has been rumored for months, following Audioslave's announcement that they would not tour to support their last album, "Revelations." Cornell immediately began working on his sophomore solo album, "Carry On" (due out May 1) after finishing "Revelations" instead. He also penned the "You Know My Name," the lead track for the latest James Bond movie, "Casino Royale." More recently, Rage Against the Machine announced a reunion concert at Coachella (to be attended by yours truly), which further prompted rumors that Audioslave was calling it quits. (The other three members of Audioslave were 3/4 of Rage Against the Machine, fronted by Zach de la Rocha, for those of you who I lost at "Breaking news".)

I was fortunate enough to see Audioslave three times: at The Paramount, the White River Amphitheatre and the Everett Events Center. Those guys put on one hell of a show and created three great records. The pain I feel now can only be relieved if Rage Against the Machine reunites out of this.