Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) has teamed up with Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons), Shea Diamond, and The Bloody Beetroots for a new protest song titled “Stand Up.“ The track is available HERE and proceeds from it will benefit the NAACP, Know Your Rights Camp, the Southern Poverty Law Center. and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.
“I grew up in the tiny lily white, archly conservative town of Libertyville, Illinois. When I was a kid, someone hung a noose in my family’s garage, there was occasional N-word calling, etc, etc. On June 6 of this year, there was a Black Lives Matter rally and march in that same town that drew over 1,000 people.
It seems that the times, they are a’changin’. I was so inspired that night, I reached out to Dan from Imagine Dragons. The Bloody Beetroots and I had conjured a slamming track and within 24 hours Dan had sent back a completed vocal.
We got Shea Diamond, a Black transgender woman with a long history of activism, on the track and the coalition was complete.”
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Prophets Of Rage, etc.) is featured on 5 Seconds Of Summer’s new song “Teeth.“ This track will appear on the “13 Reasons Why” season three soundtrack (out August 23) and an official video for it can be found below. 5 Seconds Of Summer’s Luke Hemmings commented:
“‘Teeth‘ came about after a month or two long blur of writing and pushing ourselves to go a step further than ‘Youngblood‘. It was a tumultuous time in my life and the lyrics in the song definitely reflect that. It speaks lyrically about a trying time in my current relationship. Musically it’s another step forward from ‘Easier‘ and really embraces industrial sounds and rhythms.”
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Prophets Of Rage, etc.) has announced that he will be telling his life story during some special events at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York, NY. The shows will take place on September 18-20.
“I was the only black kid in an all-white town, the only anarchist at a conservative high school, the only heavy metal guitarist at Harvard University, and the only Ivy League Star Trek nerd in the biggest political rap rock band of all time. The songs, the stories, the triumphs, the tragedies, the riffs, the rebellion — all will be revealed. Oh, and I’m going play a lot of ripping guitar, too.”
The events will be executive produced by T Bone Burnett and they will be recorded for an upcoming Audible release.
In other news, Prophets Of Rage have also announced that they will be performing at The Mayan in Los Angeles, CA on September 12. The group will be partnering with PATH for the concert.
Tom Morello (Prophets Of Rage, Rage Against The Machine, etc.) has announced a solo North American tour. The guitarist will be touring in support of his latest album “The Atlas Underground.”
10/21 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
10/22 Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
10/24-27 Live Oak, FL – Suwannee Hulaween
10/26 Morrison, CO – Hard Halloween Red Rocks
10/28 Austin, TX – Emo’s
10/29 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
11/01 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom
11/02 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Ballroom
11/03 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
11/05 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
11/06 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
11/07 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
11/09 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
11/12 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
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.”