Tom Morello Pays Tribute to Paul Butterfield at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Butterfield, who died after a drug overdose at just 45 in 1987, was inducted by Peter Wolf of J. Geils Band fame. Members of Butterfield's group, which had been nominated three previous times, included Elvin Bishop and the late Mike Bloomfield, who was also inducted posthumously.
"From the harmonica playing to the guitar playing," Morello said back stage afterward, "they were musicians first – and stars second. I see that very much in Zac, and I have aspired to that myself. We tried to go out there and keep some of the traditional blues for a while, and then we had to show our shredding skills at the end."
Morello performed tonight before a crowd of almost 8,000 at the Cleveland Public Auditorium. The Rage Against the Machine cofounder was also on hand last year to induct Kiss into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Since, Morello has been focused on a new solo album, as a lengthy hiatus continues for Rage Against the Machine. Their most recent studio effort dates back to 2000's Renegades. Rage Against the Machine's last performance was at 2011's L.A. Rising festival.
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