Full Rage Against The Machine Tour Not In The Works, Says Guitarist Tom Morello
Launch Radio Networks reports: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello told Billboard.com on Tuesday (March 27) that the reactivated rap-rock pioneers have no plans at the moment to mount a full-fledged tour beyond the handful of shows already announced. Morello said, "Right now there are four shows booked. There's Coachella and then there's the three Rock The Bells shows (in July and August) with WU TANG CLAN, IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE, CYPRESS HILL and some other hip-hop artists, and right now that's all that's on the docket."
But Morello has not definitively ruled out a full-on campaign. The guitarist explained, "These times, I think, demand a voice like RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE to return. RAGE was certainly the most outspoken radical voice in music in the Nineties, and the seven years that RAGE was away the country went to hell. So I think it's overdue that we're back."
Morello said the reunion came about when it became clear last fall that AUDIOSLAVE, his previous band with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE bassist Tim Commerford, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk and SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell, would not be touring anytime soon. He added that Commerford had "re-established a friendship" with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE frontman Zach de la Rocha, despite a rather acrimonious split in 2000.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has begun rehearsing for its upcoming shows and Morello said that the band sounds "awesome."
Morello will release his debut album as political folk alter ego THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, titled "One Man Revolution", on April 24. He plans to tour in support of the record.
Confirmed RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE shows are as follows:
April 29 - Indio, CA - Empire Polo Field (Coachella Festival)
July 28 - New York, NY - Randall's Island
Aug. 11 - San Bernardino, CA - National Orange Show Events Center
Aug. 18 - San Francisco, CA - TBA
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