The July 17 concert at Hollywood’s Avalon, spearheaded by System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian and Audioslave’s Tom Morello as part of their non-profit Axis of Justice political organization, will be released on CD and DVD Nov. 2 via Columbia.
The 14-track “Axis of Justice: Concert Series Volume I” also sports a cover of the Elvis Costello-popularized “(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” by Tool’s Maynard James Keenan and Audioslave’s Chris Cornell, taped on the 2003 Lollapalooza tour.
A number of intriguing guest spots crowd the CD, including a jam with Tankian on piano, Audioslave’s Brad Wilk on drums and Red Hot Chili Peppers principal Flea on bass; a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Chimes of Freedom” featuring those artists plus Morello and Pete Yorn on guitar; and a version of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” with vocals by Keenan and keyboards by Jonny Polonsky.
Morello also performs two cuts, “Until the End” and “Union Song,” under his Nightwatchman moniker. As previously reported, the artist will perform tonight (Aug. 31) at the Knitting Factory and tomorrow (Sept. 1) at a labor rally as part of protests against the Republican National Convention in New York.
The accompanying DVD sports July 17 concert highlights plus clips from prior Axis benefits, interviews with filmmaker Michael Moore and actress/radio host Janeane Garofalo and audio extracts from the Axis of Justice radio show.
Here is the track list for “Concert Series Volume I,” in no order:
“Intro,” Ahmed Ahmed
“Speak on it,” Knowledge, Serj Tankian
“Until the End,” the Nightwatchman
“Union Song,” the Nightwatchman
“I Feel Good Again,” Pete Yorn
“Piano Improvisation,” Serj Tankian
“Charades,” Serj Tankian
“Free Jam,” Serj Tankian, Brad Wilk, Flea
“Chimes of Freedom,” Tom Morello, Serj Tankian, Pete Yorn, Flea, Brad Wilk
“Alice in My Fantasies,” Tom Morello, Serj Tankian, Pete Yorn, Flea, Brad Wilk
“What’s Golden,” Jurassic 5
“Freedom,” Jurassic 5
“Where the Streets Have No Name,” Tom Morello, Serj Tankian, Pete Yorn, Flea, Brad Wilk, Tim Walker, Maynard James Keenan, Jonny Polonsky
“(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding,” Chris Cornell, Maynard James Keenan