Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello Offers To Give Hater A Guitar If He Can Play “Know Your Enemy” While Drunk

A hater recently referred to Rage Against The Machine as punks and communists and even went as far as claiming that he can play Tom Morello’s parts while “piss drunk on [his] back.” The guitarist then fired back by offering him a “Trump Rules” guitar if he can successfully play “the Know Your Enemy solo note perfect in this inebriated prone position.” Humorously, the man appears to have since deleted his account.

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Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello Discusses The Origins Of “Killing In The Name”

During a recent appearance on Rolling Stone Music Now, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello discussed the origins of the band’s legendary protest song “Killing In The Name.“ That track has been coming up a lot lately as protesters continue to take to the streets to fight against systemic racism and police brutality.

Morello said the following:

“‘Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me’ is a universal sentiment. While it’s a simple lyric, I think it’s one of [Zack de la Rocha’s] most brilliant. And to me, it relates to Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass said, the moment he became free was not the moment that he was physically loosed from his bonds. It was the moment when master said, ‘Yes.’ And he said, ‘No.’ And that’s the essence of “Fuck you, I will not do what you tell me.” And that’s why it’s encouraging to hear it shouted at the Fed goons who are shooting tear gas at American citizens.”

“I was teaching guitar lesson to an accomplished local scenester musician and was showing them how to play drop-D [tuning]. Maynard Keenan of Tool had taught me how to do drop-D. I was actually playing bass at the time, a crappy Ibanez bass. And I was like, ‘When you play drop-D tuning, it just sort of suggests different patterns to your fingers.’ And the first pattern I played was that riff. I said, hold on one sec, and got my little Radio Shack recorder and recorded that.

And then it was originally an instrumental. There’s a Rage Against the Machine video from Cal State Northridge – which is our first public performance – where we open the show with an instrumental version of ‘Killing In The Name’ and Timmy [Commerford], I think, came up with hat really cool [bass riff]. [Brad Wilk’s] crowd-bouncing beat is there from the very, very beginning.

And then Zack laced it with the historic lyrics. We actually left the lyrics off of the lyric sheet of the first record, because it’s I think it’s two lines, 16 ‘fuck yous,’ and one ‘motherfucker.’ And we’re like, in the midst of all this grand political poetry, let’s just that one stand for itself.

The dunna-dunt [before de la Rocha raps, ‘and now you do what they told ya’] that was an important part! I remember our A&R guy, Michael Goldstone, who’s a genius. He’s got Pearl Jam. He was really the fifth Beatle early on. He was a great help, but he wanted us to take that part out of the song.

I think he heard ‘hit single, as long as he doesn’t have that crazy part where it just stops a lot!’ That was a bit of a lift from Zeppelin’s ‘Good times, Bad Times,’ that part. We’ve felt pretty confident that needs to stay in the song, and I think history has borne that out.”

Tom Morello To Release Photo Memoir “Whatever It Takes”

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.) will be releasing an official photo memoir titled “Whatever It Takes” in October. Pre-orders for that are available HERE. Morello commented:

“Over the past couple years I’ve been hard at work putting together an incredibly comprehensive photo memoir of my life as a musician & activist titled WHATEVER IT TAKES and I’m proud to announce that it will be coming out this October.”

Tom Morello Shares Previously Unreleased The Nightwatchman Track “You Belong To Me”

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.) has shared a previously unreleased track from his The Nightwatchman project called “You Belong To Me.“ You can purchase the song via Bandcamp and watch a video for it below. Morello said the following:

“Our present is tethered to our past. The overseer’s whip & noose of history are today echoed in the policeman’s baton & pistol. I had a very clear idea I wanted to express with the song & the video and that is: Sometimes, enough is enough.”

Watch 10-Year-Old Musician Cover Audioslave With Guitar Gifted To Her By Tom Morello

As previously reported, Tom Morello recently gave 10-year-old musician Nandi Bushell his signature “Soul Power” Fender Stratocaster after her cover of Rage Against The Machine‘s “Guerilla Radio“ went viral. Now, Bushell has broke out the guitar for a partial cover of Audioslave’s “Cochise.” You can check that out below:

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) Premieres New Video For “Stand Up” Featuring Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons), Shea Diamond, & The Bloody Beetroots

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) has premiered a new video for “Stand Up.” That track features Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons), Shea Diamond, and The Bloody Beetroots and proceeds from it will benefit the NAACP, Know Your Rights Camp, the Southern Poverty Law Center. and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) Teams Up With Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons), Shea Diamond, & The Bloody Beetroots For New Protest Song “Stand Up“

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.

Morello commented:

“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 Gives 10-Year-Old Musician His Signature Guitar After Her Rage Against The Machine Cover Goes Viral

A 10-year-old musician named Nandi Bushell has become a viral sensation due to her various rock/metal covers. One of those tracks was a cover of Rage Against The Machine‘s “Guerilla Radio,“ which she performed in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. That clip caught the attention of Tom Morello, who decided to give Bushell his signature “Soul Power” Fender Stratocaster.

Soundgarden & Rage Against The Machine Members To Guest On The Pretty Reckless’ New Album “Death By Rock And Roll”

Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello will be guesting on The Pretty Reckless’ new album “Death By Rock And Roll.” Frontwoman Taylor Momsen recently confirmed the news saying that Cameron and Thayil will be appearing on a track titled “Only Love Can Save Me Now” and that Morello will be appearing on a track titled “And So It Went.”

Momsen told Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF radio the following about “Only Love Can Save Me Now”:

“We recorded that in Seattle at London Bridge Studios, and it was just an awesome experience to get to actually spend some time in Seattle. Every time we’re on tour, we’re in and out so fast, it was really good to kind of experience the city for all that it is and all that history and record at such an iconic studio. I mean, PEARL JAM’s ‘Ten’ [was recorded] there, and ‘Louder Than Love’ by SOUNDGARDEN. And then to be there with SOUNDGARDEN, it was pretty surreal.”

The Pretty Reckless actually opened for Soundgarden during Chris Cornell’s final show on May 17, 2017 and Momsen, who is a longtime fan of the band, said she was “devastated” by the singer’s death. That and the April 2018 death of The Pretty Reckless’ producer Kato Khandwala had an impact on the new album. Momsen continued:

“We had a few hard years. I’m not gonna lie. I went pretty down. Not to get too heavy into it, but I went pretty down into depression, and it took music to get me out of it again. I finally started writing again to get out everything that I was feeling, and that is what turned into the record that you are all going to hear hopefully very soon.

I know it’s cliché, but music has saved my life time and time again — it’s the thing that I can always rely on and turn to, and it’s always there for me. It’s always supported me, so I support it.”

She added:

“[‘Death By Rock And Roll’] really feels like a rebirth for us. In a lot of ways, it almost feels like the first record in the sense that we really threw everything that we had at it — we worked so hard on it. And I’m just excited for it to be out and have people come on this journey with me and see where it took us. I think it took us, in my opinion, to a new level. It’s a new and improved PRETTY RECKLESS.”

She also had the following to say when asked about release plans:

“I don’t know the answer, ’cause everything’s still in kind of limbo right now just, obviously, with the pandemic and very unprecedented times. So we’re not exactly sure. But I do know that we’re gonna be putting out more songs and stuff, and more material before the full album. So this isn’t just a quick little flash in the pan and we’re going away. We’re back.”

If you missed it, you can find the title track for “Death By Rock And Roll” HERE.

[via Blabbermouth]