Rage Against The Machine Member Reveals ‘Chaos’ That Broke Up Band


Former Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello was interviewed by Lars Ulrich on Beats 1’s It’s Electric on Thursday, and he discussed what led to Rage Against The Machine’s split. Alternative Nation transcribed Morello’s comments.

“It was a lack of, and I’ll put myself first and foremost, it was a lack of emotional maturity in being able to deal with each other as people. We had political vision, we played and the shows never suffered, but we just couldn’t agree on stuff, and it just sort of unearthed feelings that made it hard to make records. I think there were competing visions for what it should be, and competing sort of feelings of what it should feel like to be in the band that we didn’t deal with. My version of the band was let’s make a record every 6 months. Let’s be the political Led Zeppelin, let’s overthrow the government and make the best records anyone ever did, by Wednesday morning.

In that pursuit I was not always sensitive to the emotional needs of my band members. Everybody has their role in it, but that’s where I sort of contributed to the chaos that eventually ended the band. But I will say this, my glass half full version is, for a band that had extremely combustible elements, to be able to have made four records, to be able to have played the shows we did, I think it’s a miracle.”