Tom Morello http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/336/all en Video: Five Great Electric Guitarists Perform on Acoustic http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-5-great-electric-guitarists-perform-acoustic <!--paging_filter--><p>There’s a particular excitement felt at concerts when you notice the guitarist slip his electric guitar off his shoulder, reach for an acoustic guitar, sit down and play an old hit or rarity. </p> <p>The complexity of a song broken down into simple chords and strums can totally transform the tone into a special performance, reminiscent of traveling back in time to the demo session of its formation. </p> <p>Becoming an electric guitar superstar is often defined by a signature styles; it's easy to recognize a player based on the style, sound and tone they create with their equally famous guitars. Beautiful acoustic performances by these heroes are often overlooked by the general public, because they are not in-your-face jams. </p> <p>Here are five great live videos of shredders stripped down to the basics, showing their skills on an acoustic axe.</p> <p><strong>Buckethead</strong></p> <p>This performance of “What Kind Of Nation” comes from an extensive but largely unknown musical collaboration between Buckethead and actor Viggo Mortensen. Listen halfway through for the masked guitar hero playing a familiar Ozzy Osbourne tune. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fddfX3BqM_g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>John 5 </strong></p> <p>Fittingly named, “Noche Acosador” takes a break from John 5’s signature industrial metal sound to a brilliant display of flamenco-influenced acoustic instrumental.</p> <p> <iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/c0QlJaJStZs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Zakk Wylde </strong></p> <p>Wylde revisits his first venture as a frontman from his southern-rock-rooted <em>Pride &amp; Glory</em> album in this soul-filled performance. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/G9YI0W52C3Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Slash, Tom Morello and Jerry Cantrell</strong></p> <p>Three of alternative rock’s greatest guitarists mellow out with some Pink Floyd at Tom Morello’s Justice Tour to raise money and awareness for homeless advocacy groups.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WEbN9YgpHF4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Metallica </strong></p> <p>Neil Young’s annual charity concert for the Bridge School is a great showcase of acoustic performances and has taken place every year since 1986. Check out this awesome acoustic rendition of the <em>Master of Puppets</em> classic, “Disposable Heroes.” </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/a7jtl-XumPw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-5-great-electric-guitarists-perform-acoustic#comments acoustic guitar Acoustic Nation Buckethead Jerry Cantrell John 5 Metallica Slash Tom Morello Zakk Wylde Blogs Videos Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:02:23 +0000 Melanie Gottshall 19845 at http://www.guitarworld.com Video Finds: Tom Morello Performs Acoustically with Ben Harper http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-finds%3A-tom-morello-performs-acoustically-with-ben-harper <!--paging_filter--><p>In honor of his 50th birthday, here’s a clip of Tom Morello performing “Save The Hammer For The Man” along with Ben Harper on dobro and supporting vocals. </p> <p>Released under Morello’s The Nightwatchmen alias, the track appears on his <em>World Wide Rebel Songs</em> album. </p> <p>Harper also appears as a guest vocalist on the studio version. </p> <p>With some tasty dobro work from Harper, those familiar with Morello's Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave days see a completely different side of his musicality in this Dylan-esque folk tune. </p> <p>Morello allegedly spawned The Nightwatchman as a way to express political viewpoints, and has since performed at a number of protests and political events.</p> <p>The guitar Morello is seen performing with in this video and most other Nightwatchmen performances is a Ibanez Galvador nylon-string acoustic that he dubbed "Whatever It Takes." </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/q5wm1DyVTdE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-finds%3A-tom-morello-performs-acoustically-with-ben-harper#comments Acoustic Nation Ben Harper Tom Morello Blogs Videos Fri, 30 May 2014 16:00:23 +0000 Acoustic Nation 21393 at http://www.guitarworld.com Video: Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello Perform Van Halen's "Jump" http://www.guitarworld.com/video-bruce-springsteen-and-tom-morello-perform-van-halens-jump <!--paging_filter--><p>Last night, April 6, Bruce Springsteen opened his set at the March Madness Music Festival in Dallas by covering Van Halen's 1984 hit "Jump."</p> <p>Along for the ride was Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who played Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo. Unfortunately, the video below doesn't show any of Morello's solo (We hope to find a more complete version of the clip).</p> <p>Morello is an official member of Springsteen's band on this tour.</p> <p>Longtime Springsteen guitarist Steven Van Zandt was not at the show, which has led to some online speculation about the cause of his absence. Care to speculate?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GoGL2PsPEh8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/tom-morello">Tom Morello</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-bruce-springsteen-and-tom-morello-perform-van-halens-jump#comments Bruce Springsteen Tom Morello Van Halen Videos News Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:39:41 +0000 Damian Fanelli 20949 at http://www.guitarworld.com Video: Bruce Springsteen Performs AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" in Australia http://www.guitarworld.com/video-bruce-springsteen-performs-acdcs-highway-hell-australia <!--paging_filter--><p>This past Friday night, Bruce Springsteen got in good with his Australian audience when he started his show with a surprise rendition of AC/DC's 1979 tune "Highway to Hell."</p> <p>The show took place at Perth Arena, not far from where the late AC/DC singer Bon Scott grew up. </p> <p>The fan-filmed video, which you can check out below, features four guitarists — Springsteen, Nils Lofgren, Steven Van Zandt and Tom Morello, who also performs on Springsteen's new album, <em>High Hopes</em>.</p> <p>What do you think of their version?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/D3rtFfGmH6Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/acdc">AC/DC</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/tom-morello">Tom Morello</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-bruce-springsteen-performs-acdcs-highway-hell-australia#comments ACDC Bruce Springsteen Tom Morello Videos News Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:29:44 +0000 Damian Fanelli 20460 at http://www.guitarworld.com Tom Morello Working on First Solo Rock Album: "The Idea is That This is the Hendrix of Now" http://www.guitarworld.com/tom-morello-working-first-solo-rock-album-idea-hendrix-now <!--paging_filter--><p>Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello is making his first solo rock album.</p> <p>Morello recently told <em>Billboard</em> that his recent tour with Bruce Springsteen (and contributions to Springsteen's new album, <em>High Hopes</em>) has inspired him to rock out on his own.</p> <p>Morello told the publication that his recent work with Springsteen encouraged him to move beyond the folk vein of his other solo endeavor as the Nightwatchman. </p> <p>"The first time I ever sang with an electric guitar in my hands was 'The Ghost of Tom Joad' [with Springsteen] at the Anaheim Pond in 2008," Morello told <em>Billboard</em>. "Until then I'd kept my folksinging career and my electric guitar shredding career completely separate. It was on that stage that I realized there might be a way to combine all the things I do as a songwriter and a guitar player, and this record is going to be that."</p> <p>The 2008 Anaheim show led to the guitarist taking Steven Van Zandt's place on the E Street Band's Australian tour. That led to Morello being involved with recent Springsteen sessions, and he plays on eight <em>High Hopes</em> tracks. The album will be released Janurary 14.</p> <p>"I want to make the craziest guitar record that anyone's ever heard," Morello said. "The idea is that this is the Hendrix of now." He added that he has a large group of songs for the solo album already written, and he plans to record them after the tour with Springsteen ends March 2.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CK8RbjwkCTM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/tom-morello">Tom Morello</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/tom-morello-working-first-solo-rock-album-idea-hendrix-now#comments Tom Morello News Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:55:20 +0000 Guitar World Staff 20177 at http://www.guitarworld.com Tom Morello Working on First Heavy Rock Album Since Audioslave http://www.guitarworld.com/tom-morello-working-first-heavy-rock-album-audioslave <!--paging_filter--><p>Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello recently told <a href="http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3247824/interview-tom-morello-discusses-the-post-apocalyptic-world-of-orchid/">Bloody Disgusting</a> that he's working on a new rock release, a guitar-heavy album that's set for a tentative 2014 release.</p> <p>"It's just time to rock," Morello said, adding that he's "written a batch of songs with huge riffs and huge grooves."</p> <p>"I'm working it out with my band now, and we're about five songs deep at this point, but we're taking our time with it," he said. "It will definitely be a release-the-hounds effort."</p> <p>"This will be the first time since Rage Against the Machine or Audioslave that I've made a really big rock record."</p> <p>Morello also hinted that the new album — due to its "release the hounds" heaviness — probably will not be released under the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrBfPLUm5so">Nightwatchman</a> moniker. </p> <p>The latest Nightwatchman album, <em>World Wide Rebel Songs,</em> was released in 2011.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/tom-morello">Tom Morello</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/tom-morello-working-first-heavy-rock-album-audioslave#comments Tom Morello News Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:30:16 +0000 Damian Fanelli 19011 at http://www.guitarworld.com Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Round 1 — "Bulls on Parade" (Tom Morello) Vs. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (Eric Clapton) http://www.guitarworld.com/greatest-guitar-solos-all-time-readers-poll-round-1-bulls-parade-tom-morello-vs-while-my-guitar-gently-weeps-eric-clapton <!--paging_filter--><p>A few years ago, the editors of <em>Guitar World</em> magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time.</p> <p>The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (Number 100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (Number 1). </p> <p>To quote our <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/100-greatest-guitar-solos-no-1-stairway-heaven-jimmy-page">"Stairway to Heaven" story that ran with the list</a>, "If Jimmy Page is the Steven Spielberg of guitarists, then 'Stairway' is his <em>Close Encounters</em>." </p> <p>We've kicked off a summer blockbuster of our own — a no-holds-barred six-string shootout. We're pitting <em>Guitar World</em>'s top 64 guitar solos against each other in an NCAA-style, 64-team single-elimination tournament. Every day, we will ask you to cast your vote in a different guitar-solo matchup as dictated by the 64-team-style bracket. </p> <p>You can vote only once per matchup. The voting for each matchup ends as soon as the next matchup is posted (Basically, that's one poll per day during the first round of elimination, including weekends and holidays). </p> <p>In some cases, genre will clash against genre; a thrash solo might compete against a Southern rock solo, for instance. But let's get real: They're all guitar solos, played on guitars, by guitarists, most of them in some subset of the umbrella genre of rock. When choosing, it might have to come down to, "Which solo is more original and creative? Which is more iconic? or Which one kicks a larger, more impressive assemblage of asses?"</p> <p><strong>Today, it's Tom Morello's work on "Bulls on Parade" (23) by Rage Against the Machine against Eric Clapton's one and only guest appearance on a Beatles song, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (42). Get busy! You'll find the poll at the bottom of the story.</strong><br /> <br /><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Yesterday's Results</span></p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> "Since I've Been Loving You" (62.72 percent)<br /> <strong>Loser:</strong> "Johnny B. Goode" (37.28 percent)<br /> <br /><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Round 1, Day 15: "Bulls on Parade" Vs. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"</span></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/100_greatest_guitar_solos_23_quotbulls_on_paradequot_tom_morello">23. “Bulls on Parade”</a></strong><br /> <strong>Soloist</strong>: Tom Morello<br /> <strong>Album</strong>: Rage Against the Machine—<em>Evil Empire</em> (Epic, 1996)</p> <p>“That’s me playing a solo by flicking the toggle switch back and forth,” says Rage Against the Machine’s innovative guitarist Tom Morello. </p> <p>“The story behind that sound starts with me going over to Ibanez one day. They were making a guitar for a guy in another band, and it had a special feature on it that they wanted me to try out. So I tried it, and it didn’t really seem to do much that was anything different from a normal guitar. </p> <p>"But I noticed that when you set the toggle between the two pickup settings, there was a really peculiar, high-pitched noise, and you could manipulate the tone of it dramatically when you turned the tone knob. I asked them what the noise was, and they said it was just incidental, that the guitar had an internal pickup and it was picking up this weird noise that they were trying to get rid of. I said, ‘Oh, no, no—come here with that one.’ [laughs] I gave them an idea of what I thought was possible with that noise, and they were kind enough to custom build a guitar for me with that feature in it.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/my6bfA14vMQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/100_greatest_guitar_solos_42_quotwhile_my_guitar_gently_weepsquot_eric_clapton">42. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps”</a></strong><br /> <strong>Soloist</strong>: Eric Clapton<br /> <strong>Album</strong>: The Beatles—<em>The Beatles</em> (Apple, 1968)</p> <p>“When we actually started recording this, it was just me playing the acoustic guitar and singing it, and nobody was interested,” recalls the song’s author, George Harrison. “Well, Ringo probably was, but John and Paul weren’t. When I went home that night, I was really disappointed because I thought, Well, this is really quite a good song; it’s not as if it’s crap! </p> <p>"And the next day I happened to drive back into London with Eric [Clapton], and I suddenly said, ‘Why don’t you come play on this track?’ And he said, ‘Oh, I couldn’t do that; the others wouldn’t like it…’ But I finally said, ‘Well, damn, it’s my song, and I’d like you to come down.’ So he did, and everybody was good as gold because he was there. </p> <p>"I sang it with the acoustic guitar with Paul on piano, and Eric and Ringo. Later, Paul overdubbed bass. Then we listened back to it and Eric said, ‘Ah, there’s a problem, though; it’s not Beatlesy enough.’ So we put the song through the ADT [automatic double tracker] to wobble it a bit.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vs7jxtPCqks" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Voting Closed!</h1> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (78.45 percent)<br /> <strong>Loser: </strong>"Bulls on Parade" (21.55 percent)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/greatest-guitar-solos-all-time">Head HERE to see all the matchups that have taken place so far!</a></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/beatles">The Beatles</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eric-clapton">Eric Clapton</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/tom-morello">Tom Morello</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/greatest-guitar-solos-all-time-readers-poll-round-1-bulls-parade-tom-morello-vs-while-my-guitar-gently-weeps-eric-clapton#comments Eric Clapton Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Poll Polls Rage Against the Machine The Beatles Tom Morello News Features Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:22:34 +0000 Guitar World Staff 18627 at http://www.guitarworld.com Tom Morello: "No Plans" for New Rage Against the Machine Music http://www.guitarworld.com/tom-morello-no-plans-new-rage-against-machine-music <!--paging_filter--><p>Rumors and reissues do not a new album make. </p> <p>Despite all the buzz surrounding the release of <em>XX</em>, the 20th anniversary edition of Rage Against the Machine's eponymous debut, guitarist Tom Morello maintains that there are no current plans for the band — live or otherwise.</p> <p>"I don't know that there's much direction to go," Morello told <em>Rolling Stone</em>. "There's no plans, no current direction of anything, so I guess the answer is no. It was my great hope that we'd celebrate the 20th anniversary with a five-continent world tour. But short of that, this box set that celebrates the 20-year span of Rage Against the Machine is something that will hopefully be very satisfying for longtime Rage Against the Machine fans as well as turn on new fans to what the band is all about."</p> <p>Even though fans had accepted that the prospect of a new album was dicey, many were still hopeful the band would plan a more extensive tour, as they've played only select dates since reconvening in 2007. </p> <p>Asked why it was so hard to get a RATM tour together, Morello said, "We'd have to agree to go on one. Once a year, the band meets and very seriously discusses and turns down awesome offers to tour the world."</p> <p>Asked if last year's L.A. Rising show might have been the band's latest, Morello only laughed and said, "Every show we've ever played might've been the last."</p> <p>You can read more <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-morello-rage-against-the-machine-may-not-play-again-20121204">here</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/tom-morello-no-plans-new-rage-against-machine-music#comments Rage Against the Machine Tom Morello News Tue, 04 Dec 2012 21:29:11 +0000 Josh Hart 17311 at http://www.guitarworld.com Exclusive: Rage Against the Machine — "Killing In the Name" Demo http://www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-rage-against-machine-killing-name-demo <!--paging_filter--><p>Today we bring you the exclusive stream of the demo version of "Killing In the Name" by Rage Against the Machine. </p> <p>This previously unreleased track is from <em>Rage Against the Machine — XX</em>, Legacy Recordings' new release commemorating the 20th anniversary of the band's self-titled 1992 debut album. </p> <p><em>Rage Against the Machine — XX</em> will be released November 27 in multiple formats, including a deluxe box set, with new liner notes by RATM fan Chuck D. Features include demo versions of songs (including this one), several outtakes and never-before-scene live footage. For more about the album, visit <a href="http://www.ratm.com/rage20/#">ratm.com</a>. </p> <p>You also can pre-order the album now — in all its variations — at Amazon.com. Check out the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rage-Against-Machine/dp/B009G7ZYUO/">20th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Box Set</a>, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rage-Against-Machine/dp/B009FHRRAA/">20th Anniversary Special Edition</a> and the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rage-Against-Machine/dp/B009FHRREG/">20th Anniversary Edition</a>. </p> <p>Earlier this week, the band posted a video of a 1992 performance of "Take the Power Back" from the Vic Theater. You can <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-rage-against-machine-premiere-take-power-back-live-clip">check it out here</a>.</p> <p>Keep up with the latest RATM news at the band's <a href="http://www.facebook.com/RATM?fref=ts">official Facebook page.</a></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F67402521%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-Zsyfj&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;secret_url=true"></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/tom-morello">Tom Morello</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-rage-against-machine-killing-name-demo#comments Rage Against the Machine Tom Morello News Features Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:47:24 +0000 Damian Fanelli 17176 at http://www.guitarworld.com Video: Rage Against the Machine Premiere "Take the Power Back" Live Clip http://www.guitarworld.com/video-rage-against-machine-premiere-take-power-back-live-clip <!--paging_filter--><p>In less than two weeks, Rage Against the Machine will release a special 20th anniversary box set to commemorate two decades since the release of their self-titled debut album.</p> <p>In anticipation, the band have premiered a live clip of a 1992 performance of "Take the Power Back" from the Vic Theater. Check it out below!</p> <p>Packed with demos, outtakes and never-before-scene live footage, the box set, titled <em>XX</em>, is due out on November 27.</p> <object width="620" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://videoplayer.vevo.com/embed/Embedded?videoId=USSM21201614&playlist=false&autoplay=0&playerId=62FF0A5C-0D9E-4AC1-AF04-1D9E97EE3961&playerType=embedded&env=0&cultureName=en-US&cultureIsRTL=False" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://videoplayer.vevo.com/embed/Embedded?videoId=USSM21201614&playlist=false&autoplay=0&playerId=62FF0A5C-0D9E-4AC1-AF04-1D9E97EE3961 &playerType=embedded&env=0&cultureName=en-US&cultureIsRTL=False" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="620" height="344" bgcolor="#000000" wmode="transparent"></embed></object><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/tom-morello">Tom Morello</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-rage-against-machine-premiere-take-power-back-live-clip#comments Rage Against the Machine Tom Morello News Wed, 14 Nov 2012 21:08:04 +0000 Josh Hart 17170 at http://www.guitarworld.com Rage Against the Machine to Release 20th Anniversary Box Set http://www.guitarworld.com/rage-against-machine-release-20th-anniversary-box-set <!--paging_filter--><p>Rage Against the Machine took to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RATM">Facebook</a> earlier today to announce the release of a special 20th anniversary box set to commemorate two decades since the release of the band's debut self-titled album.</p> <p>Titled <em>XX</em>, the box set will reportedly feature "never-before seen early concert footage and full 2010 Finsbury Park Victory Concert along with remastered debut album, original demos and treasure trove of videos and music."</p> <p><em>XX</em> is due out on November 27, and can be pre-ordered now at <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rage-Against-Machine/dp/B009G7ZYUO/">Amazon</a>.</p> <p><em>Rage Against the Machine</em> was released on November 10, 1992.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/Y0mmx3uJBKY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/rage-against-machine-release-20th-anniversary-box-set#comments Rage Against the Machine Tom Morello News Tue, 09 Oct 2012 14:30:54 +0000 Josh Hart 16915 at http://www.guitarworld.com Radical Shriek: How Live Performance Can Improve Your Playing http://www.guitarworld.com/radical-shriek-how-live-performance-can-improve-your-playing <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Here's a classic </em>Guitar World<em> column by Tom Morello.</em> </p> <p>In pursuit of becoming a better, more well-rounded musician, I believe the most essential tool for any guitar player to utilize is live performance. </p> <p>While that may sound painfully obvious, I have encountered many talented "bedroom shredders" who find it impossible to translate their woodshed chops to the stage environment. </p> <p>A great many variables come into play when performing live that just cannot be approximated in any other way, be it jamming to CDs in your bedroom or playing in a garage or rehearsal room with your entire band.</p> <p>For me, playing in front of an audience was crucial to my development as a guitarist. I first began to play live while in a series of cover bands in college, and my abilities as a player increased exponentially. For one, playing live helped me weed through many of the technical as well as creative obstacles that pop up in the live setting. </p> <p>Something as simple as remembering to secure the guitar cable by bringing it through the guitar strap (down at the strap button on the lower bout) is something I had to learn the hard way. I think we all know the horror of the guitar cable being inadvertently yanked out of the guitar while flying through the air doing back flips, right?</p> <p>Another painfully obvious idea is to make sure you have fresh -- or at least working -- batteries in all of your pedals. This line of thought can be applied to every supplemental piece of gear: be sure to have extra strings, cables, fuses, power strips, extension cords, etc. You can't expect the club, keg party or Bar Mitzvah where you are performing to have any of these things handy when you find yourself in need.</p> <p>It's great to be able to effortlessly peel off 64th notes while jamming along to Steve Vai's <em>Flex-Able</em>, but forgetting about these aforementioned small details can mean the difference between creative success and dismal failure in a live venue.</p> <p>One of the main reasons playing live improved my abilities as a player is the powerful synergy that exists between a band and a live audience. That type of energy and awareness can never be duplicated in a rehearsal room. I'll admit to having had some deeply satisfying playing experiences while jamming alone to Albert King records, but nothing can beat playing live for pure excitement and exhilaration. It is truly a "trial by fire" experience.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="450" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/U7IUA8W8xuM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>We all remember the very first time we stepped in front of an audience to play. For me, it was while I was in a high school band called the Electric Sheep, which featured Adam Jones, later of Tool. As good as we may have been, our collective playing ability dropped by about 50 percent whenever we played live. This is simply because we were no longer in the safe, comfortable environment of my mom's basement. Suddenly, we were confronted with nerves, broken cables, faulty outlets, broken strings and all sorts of obstacles that hindered our performance.</p> <p>But the more we played live, the more comfortable and confident we became onstage. I soon began to develop a tight rapport with my guitar. For me, developing a command over the technical idiosyncrasies of live performance led to much more satisfying playing experiences overall.</p> <p>It was no different when Rage Against the Machine first began playing live. There was a high degree of frayed nerves associated with our first performance, which took place in the highly pressurized environment of a living room in Huntington Beach, California. Our very first song was "Take the Power Back," which begins with a funky bass line.</p> <p>Because we were all so hopped up about finally playing in front of an audience, bassist Tim C. started the song at three times the normal tempo, and it was a full-scale musical disaster. But a negative experience is part of the learning curve it provides; getting that type of crisis out of the way is essential to the development of a band. Becoming more comfortable in front of an audience allowed us, as a band, to progress. </p> <p>At that first performance, even though Tim started the song way too fast, as soon as the beat dropped in, the place exploded! Instantly, there was a huge mosh pit in the middle of the living room -- I still don't know how the damage was explained to this poor kid's parents! For our band, that gig was a cathartic experience. That living room explosion was the culmination of all the years of hard work. Personally, I had spent so much time getting my "live" chops together, through a series of often very crummy bands.</p> <p>With Rage, my journey brought me to music that I really believed in, and music that we, as a band, played great together. With Rage, there was also an instant connection between band and audience, and that connection only fueled our mission to keep writing songs and keep working hard. Soon, wherever we went to play -- be it talent night at Al's Bar in downtown L.A., or opening up for Tool at a major venue -- we maintained a "scorched earth" policy. </p> <p>Our attitude was, "we're not sure who is going to make it out alive tonight, because we are going to bring some heavy shit!" Though that kind of confidence and intensity level grew from the relationship we had with the audience, it was initially forged by a solid underpinning of confidence in our own abilities. In time, you become resolute in the knowledge that you will give everything to the music and perform on a high level.</p> <p>Each progressive move to a larger venue is like moving past locks in a dam. It's like the water level rises each time: you have to wait until your nerve and your skill level rises high enough before opening the door to the next level. Soon, we progressed to headlining clubs to headlining sold-out clubs to opening for lce-T's Bodycount to eventually playing in front of hundreds of thousands of people at huge European festivals.</p> <p>In time, a band's assuredness becomes almost unshakable. Rage could be in the midst of a disastrous show, like playing in the middle of a typhoon in Korea, and I'll look ahead on the set list and see that we are going to end with "Killing in the Name." I know that all of the lights in the hall will come on, 30,000 middle fingers will be raised in the air and the entire audience will look like it's on a trampoline. That's when I say to myself, "Thank goodness!" because I know that everyone will leave with a big, beaming smile.</p> <p>Playing live on a regular basis will invoke a rising tide of confidence for you, and for your band as a whole. Your "floor" becomes higher: as time goes on, your basic "starting point" becomes much more evolved, and much more together. You know you will be able to deliver the goods on a high level, no matter what. And that level only continues to grow. </p> <p>When my rig gets rolled out, either for the <em>Tonight Show</em> or for sharing the stage with U2 in front of 150,000 people, I know that everything will be alright because the groundwork has been well-laid.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/tom-morello">Tom Morello</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/radical-shriek-how-live-performance-can-improve-your-playing#comments Adam Jones Rage Against the Machine Tom Morello Tool Blogs Mon, 16 Apr 2012 16:47:43 +0000 Tom Morello 15365 at http://www.guitarworld.com Tom Morello on Randy Rhoads: "After Hearing Him for the First Time, He Became My Favorite Guitar Player" http://www.guitarworld.com/tom-morello-randy-rhoads-after-hearing-him-first-time-he-became-my-favorite-guitar-player <!--paging_filter--><p>A week from today marks the 30th anniversary of the untimely death of guitarist Randy Rhoads, who tragically perished in a plane crash at age 25.</p> <p>Speaking to MusicRadar.com recently, guitarist Tom Morello reflected on Rhoads' lasting impact. When asked if Rhoads inspired him to pick up the guitar, Morello responded, "I had already started playing, but it was right around the same time. I was big fan of punk rock and the whole Do It Yourself ethic, so for a guitar player to come along and rekindle the spirit and reset the bar for hard rock guitar players was a pretty big deal."</p> <p>He continued: "See, I was never a big fan of the whole 'party-hard-we're-gonna-rock-harder' world. I liked music. But I could see myself in Randy, how he was a real student of music. The fact that he practiced for hours on end really appealed to me. He was serious, and he wanted only to get better at his craft. When I was practicing eight hours a day, his was the poster I had on my wall."</p> <p>"Almost immediately after hearing him for the first time, he became my favorite guitar player. I remember buying Diary Of A Madman when it came out, and somebody at the record store was making fun of me because of the album cover. I had to explain to this person that, while I certainly liked Ozzy, I was really a big Randy Rhoads fan – that's why I was buying the record."</p> <p>You can read the full interview <a href="http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/interview-tom-morello-on-the-late-randy-rhoads-533999">here</a>.</p> <p>The latest issue of <em>Guitar World</em> features the exclusive, untold story of how Randy made the leap from Quiet Riot to Ozzy Osbourne. You can pick up the April issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://secure.nps1.net/guitarworld/index.php?main_page=product_info&amp;cPath=9&amp;products_id=295&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign">online store</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/tom-morello">Tom Morello</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/randy-rhoads">Randy Rhoads</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ozzy-osbourne">Ozzy Osbourne</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/tom-morello-randy-rhoads-after-hearing-him-first-time-he-became-my-favorite-guitar-player#comments Audioslave Ozzy Osbourne Rage Against the Machine Randy Rhoads Tom Morello News Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:43:57 +0000 Josh Hart 14951 at http://www.guitarworld.com Tom Morello to Rush Limbaugh: "Hey Jackass, Stop Using Our Music" http://www.guitarworld.com/tom-morello-rush-limbaugh-hey-jackass-stop-using-our-music <!--paging_filter--><p>You'd think after Rush, Peter Gabriel and the Fabulous Thunderbirds all requested Rush Limbaugh to stop using their music during his show, Rush might pick someone a bit more right-wing-friendly to play during his radio show.</p> <p>Nope. He went with Rage Against the Machine.</p> <p>As you might expect, Tom Morello and Co. were none too pleased to hear that Rush had used "Sleep Now in the Fire" from <em>The Battle of Los Angeles</em> on his radio show yesterday, prompting the following <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/tmorello/status/177956750375391233">Tweet</a> from Morello: "Hey Jackass, stop using our music on your racist, misogynist, right wing clown show."</p> <p>While Rush Limbaugh has never exactly been a friend of the liberally minded, this latest backlash -- which also includes more than 50 advertisers pulling spots from his show, and at least two radio markets ceasing to carry it -- comes from remarks he made about Sandra Fluke, a 30-year-old Georgetown student who testified before Congress regarding contraception being provided as part of health care.</p> <p>While they really don't bear repeating (You can find them in my <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/rush-file-cease-and-desist-order-against-rush-limbaugh">Rush story from yesterday</a>), Rush's comments have continued to lose him support, even after he issued a public apology.</p> <p>A piece in <em>Rolling Stone</em> pointed out yesterday that, because the songs are being played on the radio, which means they have been paid for, the bands actually have no grounds to legally stop Limbaugh for using their music.</p> <p>"Artists who make money from public performance royalties don't have the right, typically, to control who plays their songs," attorney Larry Iser told <em>Rolling Stone</em>. "Once they choose to add their songs to the public performance catalog, they're out there for anyone [with a licensing agreement] to use."</p> <p>Iser would add: "The Constitution is the Constitution, and thank goodness for it. They do have a legal right to stand up and make as much noise as possible about how appalled they are."</p> <p>Read more the full story <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/can-rush-peter-gabriel-legally-order-limbaugh-to-cease-using-their-songs-20120308">here</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="480" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/w211KOQ5BMI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/tom-morello-rush-limbaugh-hey-jackass-stop-using-our-music#comments Rage Against the Machine Tom Morello News Fri, 09 Mar 2012 15:45:18 +0000 Josh Hart 14937 at http://www.guitarworld.com Video: Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello Perform "Death to My Hometown" on Fallon http://www.guitarworld.com/video-bruce-springsteen-tom-morello-perform-death-my-hometown-fallon <!--paging_filter--><p>Last Friday night, The Boss himself capped off a week of Springsteen tributes on <eM>Late Night with Jimmy Fallon</em> with an interview and performance in support of his new album, <em>Wrecking Ball</em>.</p> <p>Joining him for a performance of the new song, "Death to My Hometown," was none other than Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello. Watch the performance below.</p> <p><em>Wrecking Ball</em> is out tomorrow, March 6.</p> <p><iframe id="NBC Video Widget" width="620" height="408" src="http://www.nbc.com/assets/video/widget/widget.html?vid=1388770" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-bruce-springsteen-tom-morello-perform-death-my-hometown-fallon#comments Bruce Springsteen Rage Against the Machine Tom Morello News Mon, 05 Mar 2012 18:14:09 +0000 Josh Hart 14880 at http://www.guitarworld.com