MTV News spoke with Chris Cornell about his decision to leave Audioslave, where the singer said he had been thinking about leaving since the band finished recording its last effort, ‘Revelations’. “It was clear to all of us we needed some time apart, and what that produces is anybody’s guess,” he said. “In my case, it produced a very prolific writing period, and getting back into writing songs on my own, liking what that means which is sort of a freedom and time to just experiment with music to a degree I kind of like more – and making records that have everything I like about music in them. Audioslave was a very fresh collaboration because it was very much like a young band, where you all write together in a room. But my experience, in terms of songwriting and record-creating, is not like a 19-year-old guy in a rock band. For me to be satisfied, I think I need to be able to be on my own, in the long run.” Read more.