Former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello discussed Tool’s new album in an interview conducted with Rolling Stone Italy a month ago. Keep in mind these quotes are translated so they are not exact.
One last question: I know you listened to the Tool disk. Are you making us a spoiler? We do not tell anyone.
I heard the instrumental version of the record. Maynard had not recorded anything yet. It sounds great, I can say that it is worth waiting so much. Tool is a band that pays great attention to the composition, they take care of everything in the smallest details. I have listened to 7 or 8 songs: they are long, elegant, brutal … they are Tool.
So can we reassure fans?
(Laughs) I would say yes, I can not say when it will come out … but I can say that I have listened to a lot of exceptional music. I hope Maynard does not screw up everything, but I’m sure it will not be like that.
Can you tell me about your meeting with Muhammad Ali?
I was on a plane, I was 15 and I was returning to Chicago after a trip to Jamaica. I remember this voice coming out of the speakers very similar to Ali’s. He said, “Hi, I’m Muhammad Ali and I’m driving the plane. But do not worry, I’m also fantastic as a pilot. I know that all passengers want my autograph, so I will come to please you. ” And so he did! I still have my autographed Air Jamaica ticket. He inspired people all over the world, he was a great example: he was able to defend his convictions even in his everyday work. And his job was to remain the world champion in boxing, and in spite of everything he did not abandon the defense of the poor and the oppressed. He fought against the war, against racism, without ever compromising. It is an immortal example.