Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Tom Morello Talks About Why It Is Complicated For RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE To Setup A Tour!
Rolling Stone recently chatted with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello about the band's immediate future plans following the release of 'XX', the deluxe-edition reissue of RATM's the bands self-titled debut album.
Asked why it is so difficult to stage a RAGE tour at this point, Tom said, "We'd have to agree to go on one. Once a year, the band meets and very seriously discusses and turns down awesome offers to tour the world. That's part of the program. I'm very grateful that we did agree to do is this box set, which we're very, very proud of. Some of those early videos, you know, we're playing these clubs for 25 people. I remember that period very, very well. I had been in a lot of bands before RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, bands that had tried hard to make it, and with that band, with RAGE, it just spontaneously combusted. It immediately connected with something in the reptilian brain of fans of rock, hip-hop, punk, metal, activists in a way that was global right off the bat."
On the topic of his relationship with his bandmates today, Tom said, "Oh, I mean, we communicate fairly regularly, and my relationship with those three guys is what it's been for some time. I love them. I consider them brothers and brothers-in-arms, and whether or not we ever play music again in any capacity is unknown. I'm grateful for the music we played together, and thank goodness the cameras were rolling at that first show at Cal State Northridge, and it's been very hard. For me, as a fan, not just as a member of the band, it's some of the most exciting stuff I've ever had the pleasure to hear, let alone to be a part of."
Our good friends over at REVOLVER are streaming 'XX' at the following link: http://www.revolvermag.com/news/exclusive-rage-against-the-machine-xx.html
The "XX" set includes:
- The original album with three live track B-sides.
- RATM's original demo tape that includes the unreleased songs "Darkness of Greed" and "Clear the Lane."
- The DVDs include the group's June 6, 2010 performance in London's Finbury Park, music videos, live footage from 1992, 1993, 1996 and 1997.
- A homemade video if RATM's first public performance on Oct. 23, 1991 in North Ridge, Calif. Public Enemy's Chuck D wrote liner notes for the set.
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