During Tom Morello’s June 15 performance at 101WKQZ’s Piqniq at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL, the guitarist threw a fan’s phone into the crowd after they got in his face while trying to take a selfie onstage. You can see footage of that below. According to 101WKQZ, Morello did tell people not to put a cell phone in his face or he’ll “smack it,” so this situation probably could have been avoided if the fan listened to the warning.
Morello has also responded to some fans who were critical of the situation:
When you invite guests to YOUR stage and CLEARLY TELL THEM “if you stick a cell phone in my face I WILL THROW IT” and then their uncontrollable entitled selfie urges overcome their sense of reason they get their f*ckin phones thrown. Simple. #KMAhttps://t.co/NTN2lVep8t
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Prophets Of Rage, etc.) is planning to publish a new book, titled “Whatever It Takes,” later this year via Genesis Publications. The signed limited edition book will focus on his entire career from his early bands to his latest solo album “The Atlas Underground.”
During his May 17 set at the Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival in Columbus, OH, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.) was joined onstage by System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian. You can see footage of them performing Audioslave’s “Like A Stone” in honor of the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) at the 4:28 mark in the below video:
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Prophets Of Rage, etc.) has released a new “Amazon Original” version of his song “Every Step That I Take“ exclusively through Amazon Music. The track features Portugal. The Man, who also guested on the original version, and Vic Mensa.
“Vic Mensa, Portugal. The Man, and I did an acoustic reimagining of ‘Every Step That I Take‘ off my album ‘The Atlas Underground‘. Was so great collaborating with these super talented friends. The sonic conspiracy continues!”
“It’s always a dream come true to rock with Tom on anything, I’m his biggest fucking fan. Me & John [Gourley, of Portugal. The Man] actually met at like my 22nd birthday party at my house when I got cake faced by my girlfriend, so it was awesome to do some music together.”
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Prophets Of Rage, etc.) has announced that he will be launching a new weekly radio show called “Tom Morello’s Renegade Radio” on May 13 via SiriusXM’s Lithium channel. It will air at 4 p.m. ET with several repeat airings throughout the week. Here’s a description of the show:
“‘Tom Morello’s Renegade Radio’ will feature Morello spinning a selection of songs from the 90’s alternative, to grunge and other music that ignited a musical revolution. Every week, Morello will also share personal stories from his 30-year career as a guitarist and musician, sharing his passion and exploring the music that has inspired him.”
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Prophets Of Rage) has been named as an ambassador for the American Civil Liberties Union‘s “Campaign For Smart Justice.” That initiative was launched in an effort to help “reduce the U.S. jail and prison population by 50% and to combat racism in the criminal justice system.” Morello told the Los Angeles Times the following:
“I’ve been a longtime supporter of the ACLU, and in these troubled times, I want to do everything I can to tilt the fulcrum of justice in the right direction. For a century, the ACLU have been champions of freedom of speech, civil rights equality and justice and have tirelessly, in a nonpartisan way, stood up for principles. I’m proud to have this position.”
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Prophets Of Rage) has premiered a new song titled “Can’t Stop The Bleeding“. The track, which features Gary Clark Jr. and Gramatik, was not featured on Morello‘s “The Atlas Underground” album, but it was performed live in the past.