Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello To Serve As Executive Music Producer On Netflix’s “Metal Lords” Film

Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello has been recruited as the executive music producer of the new Netflix coming-of-age comedy “Metal Lords.” That movie was written by D.B. Weiss, who will also serve as a producer alongside Greg Shapiro. Weiss’ fellow “Game Of Thrones” showrunner David Benioff will be an executive producer on the film as well. Jaeden Martell (“Knives Out”, “It”), Isis Hainsworth (“Misbehaviour”, “Emma”) and Adrian Greensmith will star in the film, which is being directed by Peter Sollett (“Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist”). A short synopsis described the project as a movie about “two kids [who] want to start a heavy metal band in a high school where exactly two kids care about heavy metal.”

Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello Announces New Partnership With SiriusXM

Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello has announced a new partnership with SiriusXM. The deal will include three new music channels, a new weekly show, and a new podcast.

More information was shared on blog.siriusxm.com:

“SiriusXM is teaming up with groundbreaking rock guitarist and acoustic troubadour Tom Morello on all-original content spanning three new streaming-music channels and a weekly show beginning March 2, plus an exclusive podcast launching March 3.

The hand-crafted content by Morello includes streaming-music channels that are part of SiriusXM’s Xtra Channels offering, which has expanded even more since its debut of 100 curated music channels in early 2019. Morello’s music channels — Battle Hymns Radio, Heavy Metal Happy Hour Radio, and Riffs, Rhymes, & Rebellion Radio — will amplify the intersection where music and activism collide, offer a wide range of heavy metal music, and explore his personal influences and musical collection. See channel and series info below.

“When SiriusXM approached me about doing a new slate of shows, I only had one condition, I say what I wanna say and I play what I wanna play,” said Morello. “When the right combination of rhythm and rhyme washes over a huge throng or transmits through an ear bud, it can provide a spark for action or a life raft for survival. Music MATTERS. And I’m very much looking forward to inflicting on listeners the music that matters to me.”

Tom Morello’s Xtra Channels:

Tom Morello’s Battle Hymns Radio (Ch. 1124) will thread the needle between music and activism throughout history and genres. The channel will provide an audio assault of rebel anthems featuring the freedom songs of the 1960s, the hip-hop music that has been standing up for Black lives for decades, and the mosh pit-inciting, radically raging rock.

Tom Morello’s Heavy Metal Happy Hour Radio (Ch. 1122) will feature a hand-selected array of heavy metal music, ranging from hidden gems to classic cuts for a happy hour that never ends.

Tom Morello’s Riffs, Rhymes, & Rebellion Radio (Ch. 1123) will dive deep into Morello’s personal record collection to showcase the diverse sonic landscape of riffs, beats, and ballads that shaped his music and career.

Tom Morello’s New Show & Podcast:

SiriusXM’s E Street Radio (Ch. 20) will debut Tom Morello’s Radio Comandante, a weekly show dedicated to a new musical theme, featuring a collection of wildly diverse songs that have influenced him as an artist. Each week, his show will air on a SiriusXM channel that suits the current show’s theme. The premiere episode of Tom Morello’s Radio Comandante will focus on the theme of American class consciousness and examine the 80-year history behind Bruce Springsteen’s song “The Ghost of Tom Joad.” The show will air debut on March 2 at 10am ET and 4pm ET, with replays throughout the week.

This will be Morello’s second weekly show on SiriusXM, following the incredible success of Tom Morello’s One Man Revolution on SiriusXM’s Lithium (Ch. 34), where Morello shares stories spanning his 30-year career as a groundbreaking artist, while taking listeners on a fearless exploration through ’90s alternative & grunge music that ignited a revolution. Tom Morello’s One Man Revolution airs every Monday at 4pm ET.

Adding to the latest array and launch of SiriusXM’s original, exclusive, and popular podcasts is Tom Morello’s Maximum Firepower, which will be available on the SiriusXM app, Pandora, Stitcher, and wherever listeners access their podcasts, starting March 3 and air weekly on SiriusXM’s VOLUME (Ch. 106) every Wednesday at 1:30pm ET. This SiriusXM original podcast will focus on the music, moments, and movements that have shaped Tom’s worldview and left an indelible mark on him as an artist and activist.

For more on Tom’s SiriusXM channels and series, click here.”

[via blog.siriusxm.com]

The Pretty Reckless Premiere New Video For “And So It Went” Featuring Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello

The Pretty Reckless have premiered a new video for their song “And So It Went.” This track features Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and it will appear on the band’s new album “Death By Rock And Roll,” which is set to be released on February 12.

Taylor Momsen commented:

“The world has been in such a state of civil unrest. ‘And So It Went‘ basically comes from that vision. As a songwriter, I feel like I’m not here to preach. I use music to observe and communicate what I see around me. This song felt like the perfect storm for Tom Morello to join in and rip the sound waves apart with his guitar. It was more than a pleasure having him add his unique and defining sound to the song.”

Morello added:

“I got to perform with Taylor Momsen at the Chris Cornell memorial show. We rocked ‘Loud Love‘ and she nailed it — no easy task. Thank goodness she and her band continue to fly the flag for rock ‘n’ roll in a mighty way.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Helmet, Rage Against The Machine, Etc. Members To Be Featured On “The Problem Of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four” Tribute Album

The track listing has officially been revealed for the new Andy Gill and Gang Of Four tribute album, “The Problem Of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four.” That effort will be released on May 14 and it will feature members of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, System Of A Down, Helmet, Nova Twins, and more.

“The Problem Of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four” Track Listing:

CD 1:

01. IDLES – “Damaged Goods”
02. Tom Morello & Serj Tankian – “Natural’s Not in It”
03. Helmet – “In the Ditch”
04. 3D x Gang Of Four – “Where the Nightingale Sings” (feat. Nova Twins)
05. Hotei – “To Hell With Poverty”
06. Gary Numan – “Love Like Anthrax”
07. Gail Ann Dorsey – “We Live as We Dream, Alone”
08. Herbert Grönemeyer – “I Love a Man in a Uniform” (feat. Alex Silva)
09. LoneLady – “Not Great Men”
10. JJ Sterry – “5.45”

CD 2:

01. La Roux – “Damaged Goods”
02. Everything Everything – “Natural’s Not in It”
03. Dado Villa-Lobos – “Return The Gift”
04. The Dandy Warhols – “What We All Want”
05. Warpaint – “Paralysed”
06. Flea & John Frusciante – “Not Great Men”
07. The Sounds – “I Love A Man In A Uniform”
08. Hardcore Raver in Tears – “Last Mile” (“Broken Talk” cover)
09. Killing Joke x Gang of Four – “Forever Starts Now” (Killing Joke dub)
10. Sekar Melati – “Not Great Men” (live version)

Gill’s widow Catherine Mayer commented:

“There was never any doubt in my mind that I should finish what Andy had started. He took so much pleasure from hearing from artists which track they had chosen and why. He was delighted by the tracks he lived long enough to hear. Even in what turned out to be his final days of life, he listened to mixes on a laptop in his hospital bed and asked me to send notes and responses to the contributors on his behalf. He also talked to me about further musicians he hoped to coax to come on board. After he died, I made contact with several of these. All said yes.”

Pre-orders can be found at gangoffour.uk and if you missed it, Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian‘s cover of “Natural’s Not In It” can be found HERE.

The Pretty Reckless Premiere New Song “And So It Went” Featuring Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello

The Pretty Reckless have premiered a new song titled “And So It Went.” This track features Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and it will appear on the band’s new album “Death By Rock And Roll,” which is set to be released on February 12. Taylor Momsen commented:

“The world has been in such a state of civil unrest. ‘And So It Went‘ basically comes from that vision. As a songwriter, I feel like I’m not here to preach. I use music to observe and communicate what I see around me. This song felt like the perfect storm for Tom Morello to join in and rip the sound waves apart with his guitar. It was more than a pleasure having him add his unique and defining sound to the song.”

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) And Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) Stream Cover Of Gang Of Four’s “Natural’s Not In It“

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) have released their cover of Gang Of Four’s “Natural’s Not In It.“ This track is from the new Andy Gill tribute album, “The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four,” which will be released on May 14.

Morello told Spin the following:

“Andy Gill was one of a handful of artists in history who changed the way guitars are played. His band Gang of Four were just incendiary and completely groundbreaking with Andy’s confrontational, unnerving and sublime playing at the forefront. His jagged plague-disco raptor-attack industrial-funk deconstructed guitar anti-hero sonics and fierce poetic radical intellect were hugely influential to me.”

Tankian added:

“It was a real pleasure to work on this track with Tom and honor the legacy of Andy and Gang of Four at the same time.”

Gill’s widow Catherine Mayer also commented:

“Andy loved what Tom and Serj did with this song, the fierceness of their attack and the jet-engine scream of feedback. This was a track Andy always enjoyed performing. He said their version brilliantly captured all the explosive, danceable energy ‘Natural’s Not In It’ can create in live performance.”

Rock/Metal Musicians React To Pro-Trump Rioters Storming The Capitol

As you are probably well aware of by now, pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C. earlier today (January 6) as lawmakers were counting the Electoral College votes to officially certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to comment on the insurrection, which was spurred by Trump himself. You can find some of the various reactions below:

Paul Stanley (KISS):

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Otep:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Noodles (The Offspring):

Ice-T (Body Count):

Tom DeLonge (ex-Blink 182):

Dino Cazares (Fear Factory):

Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Sacred Reich:

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) And Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) To Release Cover Of Gang Of Four’s “Natural’s Not In It“ In January

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) will be releasing their cover of Gang Of Four’s “Natural’s Not In It“ on January 1. The track will serve as the first single from the new Andy Gill tribute album, “The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four,” which will be released on May 14.

Gang Of Four said the following:

“It is with pride, joy, excitement and a measure of sadness that we announce The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four, a project Andy worked on right up to his death in February. This double album features tracks written by Andy and Gang of Four, newly reinterpreted and recorded by artists whose own unique contributions to music were enriched by listening to Gang of Four.

The first single has seen Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) collaborate with Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) to create an incredible cover of Natural’s Not In It. It will be released on Andy’s birthday, January 1st 2021. All the brilliant artists and bands participating in the album chose which track they wished to cover from across Gang of Four’s 40-plus year history. Details of the contributors and the full track listing will be revealed in January.

We can already tell you this: The Problem of Leisure is the dog’s bollocks. And so is the album artwork, created specially by artist Damien Hirst, a long-term Gang of Four aficionado. The album is available to pre-order now in a variety of different formats exclusively from our merchandise store. It will be released on 14th May 2021…”

Morello also commented:

“Andy Gill was one of a handful of artists in history who changed the way guitars are played. His band @GangOfFourOfficial were just incendiary and completely groundbreaking with Andy’s confrontational, unnerving and sublime playing at the forefront. His jagged plague-disco raptor-attack industrial-funk deconstructed guitar anti-hero sonics and fierce poetic radical intellect were hugely influential to me. Honored to be part of this tribute to Andy and @GangOfFourOfficial. @SerjTankian and I teamed up to take on “Natural’s Not In It” and you’ll be able to hear it next month…”

Metallica, Korn, Slipknot, Etc. Members To Pay Tribute To Alice In Chains At Museum Of Pop Culture’s Founders Award Ceremony

As previously reported, Alice In Chains are set to be honored with this year’s Museum Of Pop Culture Founders Award during a virtual ceremony on December 1. Now, it has been revealed that members of Metallica, Korn, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and more will also be paying tribute to the band during the event.

In addition to Alice In Chains, the ceremony will feature the following performers:

  • Metallica
  • Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Korn
  • Ann Wilson (Heart)
  • Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses)
  • Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
  • Nancy Wilson (Heart)
  • Dave Navarro & Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction)
  • Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Mad Season)
  • Mastodon
  • Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)
  • Krist Novoselic (Giants In The Trees, ex-Nirvana)
  • Shooter Jennings
  • Soundgarden members with Tad Doyle & Mike McCready
  • Dallas Green (City And Colour)
  • Lily Cornell Silver (daughter of Chris Cornell and Susan Silver)
  • Fishbone
  • Liv Warfield
  • Chris DeGarmo (Queensrÿche)
  • Ayron Jones
  • Bill Herzog
  • Bubba Dupree
  • Eric + Encarnacion
  • Jennifer Johnson & Jillian Raye (Giants In The Trees)
  • Maggie Björklund
  • Martin Feveyear
  • Nathan Yaccino
  • Shaina Shepherd

An all-star house band will also be taking part as well. The following artists are also expected to make appearances, but are not scheduled to perform:

  • Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)
  • Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam)
  • Les Claypool (Primus)
  • Robert Downey Jr. (‘Iron Man‘, ‘Sherlock Holmes‘)
  • Sammy Hagar
  • Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.)
  • Vernon Reid (Living Colour)

Fans can RSVP for the event at mopop.org/foundersaward. The Museum Of Pop Culture’s executive director Alexis Lee commented:

“As our principal fundraiser, Founders Award is always a special event for MoPOP and we’re thrilled this year to honor Alice In Chains and provide free access to this magical evening fans around the world. We’re proud to call Alice In Chains hometown heroes but we know we share them with the world.

It’s a testament to their lasting impact that this talented group of musicians has come together to pay tribute to the band’s contributions to music and pop culture. We’re able to show the next generation of creators what’s possible through the funds raised at the event that support our youth development programs, our community engagement and access initiatives, and of course, the cutting-edge exhibitions people from around the world come to Seattle to enjoy.

While this entire night of exclusive performances is free to view for all, our hope is to raise $1 million to support the museum in this difficult and unprecedented year.”

Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell continued:

“It feels truly special to receive the MoPOP Founders Award in our home town of Seattle. It’s also humbling to be joined by so many of our friends, peers and heroes to rock some AIC tunes. I hope people watching enjoy the show as much as we did putting it together. A big hearty thanks to everyone who participated in making this virtual thing happen during these strange times. Music has the power to unite, heal and inspire. It is all of ours. Let’s continue to create and celebrate that which feeds the soul. Rawk on!”

Alice In Chains’ Sean Kinney added:

“When we got to make our first record, I thought, great, we will be able to make one record, do our thing and hope for the best. Now, 30 years later to get this award and still be touring and making music is the most amazing feeling. We are brothers with all of the craziness that goes with it. This is for Layne, Mike, and for all of us now. We can’t wait to get back out on the road once this hellish pandemic is behind us.”

Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, & Rage Against The Machine Members To Pay Tribute To Eddie Van Halen During 2020 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Slash (Guns N’ Roses), and Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) will be paying tribute to the late great Eddie Van Halen during the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. The virtual event will air on HBO and HBO Max on November 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and the following artists will be inducted: Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G., and T. Rex.