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Video Du Jour: Tom Morello

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , on May 30, 2012 by 30daysout

We’re big fans of Tom Morello, best known as the guitarist for Rage Against The Machine. With Rage on indefinite hiatus, Morello has turned up in various incarnations: as part of Street Sweeper Social Club with rapper Boots Riley, and as the Nightwatchman. Today is Tom’s birthday – happy birthday, Tom!

During SXSW a few months ago we were lucky to catch a Morello/Nightwatchman show, up close and personal at Threadgill’s beer garden. Morello performed a sizzling version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Ghost of Tom Joad.” He went on to play it again, with the Boss later that night – but here is Tom’s solo version.

Bonus: At the end of the show, Morello invited everyone in the audience to join him onstage for the finale, a singalong version of “World Wide Rebel Songs.” We all jumped onstage with him – you can see us doing just that right at the beginning of this video – and sang like crazy people.

Thanks to 50174 for the videos!

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Video Du Jour: Rage Against The Machine

Posted in News with tags , , on August 3, 2011 by 30daysout

Rage Against The Machine, America’s great rock champions against injustice, reunited this past weekend to headline the L.A. Rising festival, their first major hometown concert in a decade.

They played a roaring, raging set that left no one dissatisfied. After the show, bassist Tim Commerford said the group has been trying out new material, and vocalist Zach de la Rocha has promised a new album sometime soon. Guitarist Tom Morello, however, has said there is nothing new on the horizon for RATM – so we’ll see.

In the meantime, dig this video from L.A. Rising, with the band doing “Freedom” and “Killing In the Name.”

Review: “Magic Tour Highlights,” Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2008 by 30daysout

Bruce Springsteen released a similar four-song live package in the 1980s called Chimes of Freedom to benefit Amnesty International. This time around he is helping out his fallen brother, Danny Federici, who lost his battle with melanoma in April. All the proceeds from the sale of Magic Tour Highlights go to the Danny Federici Melanoma Fund.

This quick peek into the Magic tour is great. Alejandro Escovedo joined the band on stage in Houston for “Always A Friend,” the first track off his new album Real Animal. I was at the show, and I remember Alejandro being way off on the first verse, so needless to say, he is pretty far down in the mix on this version, but it rocks from start to finish.

“The Ghost of Tom Joad” is a blistering version with Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine. His solo is something you have never heard on a Springsteen record, and on the accompanying video, Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt look in awe of this guy’s talent.

Roger McGuinn from The Byrds hops on stage for “Turn, Turn, Turn.” McGuinn’s voice sounds very thin against the freight train that is the E Street Band, but Springsteen does a great job on the backing vocals and when he takes his turn on lead, and it more than makes up for McGuinn’s shortcomings.

The collection wraps up with “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” featuring Danny Federici’s last performance with the band in Indianapolis.  It’s a touching audio and video performance because you can tell that everyone knows that this will be the last time they will be playing together.

The collection sells for $7.99. It includes all four songs and videos. We are not going to offer any freebies today. Go buy it and help out the Danny Federici Melanoma Fund.

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