One of the things that can be frustrating about being an artist is your inability to control the way your work is interpreted or enjoyed -- as Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello is rediscovering this week, upon learning that Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan is a big fan of his band.
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Tom Morello is one of the most prolific rock guitarists of all time. To honor the 48th birthday (May 30) of the man who has thrown down bombastic riffs for Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and folky ballads as The Nightwatchman -- we're asking which album of Morello's is your favorite.
March Metal Madness has been heating up all week long with some close match-ups and a ton of voting from metalheads worldwide. Yesterday we wrote about the Megadeth vs. Dio battle having an only 13 vote difference at one point, but today the most captivating duel is between System of a Down and Rage Against the Machine.
Tom Morello is one of the greatest and most innovative guitarists on the planet, as well as being one of the loudest political voices within the world of rock. Morello has been all over our news category as of late, from a quarrel with Rush Limbaugh, to praising guitarist Randy Rhoads and organizing a flash mob for the 'Occupy' movement at the SXSW festival.
In the aftermath of Rush Limbaugh's controversial rant regarding Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, sponsors and musicians alike have been cutting ties with his popular radio show. Now, the controversial radio host has caught the wrath of Rage Against the Machine, who didn't mince words when demanding Limbaugh stop using their music.
Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello performed several songs with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' last night (March 2) and it was quite the onstage collaboration. It was a collision of hard rock and classic rock and the result was nothing short of explosive. Out late on a Friday night or catching up on Zs after a long week and therefore missed the performance? Don't fret. We've got footage below for you to enjoy.
Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello has joined an extensive list of artists who have signed up to join Occupy Musicians, a newly-launched online initiative for "sound engineers, sound artists, producers, DJs, instrumentalists, composers, and lyricists" who support the Occupy Movement and its syndicate of protests in cities on all corner of the globe.
Time will tell whether Rage Against the Machine vocalist Zack de la Rocha's involvement with the Occupy Movement will find its way into any of his future song lyrics. But for now, the rapper and rocker has written a poem for those who have been motivated into action by corporate greed and the division between those who have and those who have not.