Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello discussed how he was saddened by the death of baseball legend Bill Buckner in a new Instagram post.
“RIP #BillBuckner. As a kid I was a fan of his. He endured two cursed franchises with dignity and lived to see both curses overcome. @cubs @redsox.”
“I don’t choose between them. The thing that they all have in common is that they were all – and are all – completely authentic representations of who those people are when they were making those records and making those shows.
“I will say that, for me, when we began Rage Against the Machine, the idea of making a band with zero commercial aspirations was a very liberating thing. We didn’t think we would be able to book a club gig; there was no hope of booking a club gig, let alone getting a record deal or you knowing about that band.
“Being able to create in an atmosphere which was entirely free from sort of worry of what anyone might think, that was very liberating. Let’s say the second one was when, briefly with Audioslave getting to play with one of my favorite vocalists of all time, Chris Cornell, and being challenged to create music that would highlight his incredible vocals.
“Then with The Nightwatchman stuff, being able to be the singer. Hey, guitar players out there, if you’re a guitar player, here’s what you should do – that you will never be beholden to the whims of a lead vocalist. [Laughs]
“My inspiration for that was, I was at a teenage homeless shelter called Covenant House in Hollywood; Thanksgiving, they were having, like, sort of an open mic thing. There was a kid up there and he didn’t have a great voice, he had an out-of-tune guitar, and he played two songs like everyone’s soul in the room was at stake.
“Here I am with my hits on the radio with Audioslave, touring the world, and I thought, ‘I want some of that.’ So I started writing my own stuff at 36-37 years, I started writing my own songs and singing in coffee houses. We would be on tour with Audioslave, playing arenas, and on nights off I would go to open mic nights and sing my song with the same dedication and passion as I ever had in any of my other outfits.
“When you’re an artist, you know when you’re doing the right thing, and that really felt like I was doing the right thing, as with ‘The Atlas Underground’ record.”