Rage Against The Machine Icon Covers Nine Inch Nails “Hurt”


Former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello covered the Nine Inch Nails classic “Hurt” with Mumford and Sons in Manchester yesterday. Jimmy Page also made an interesting Rage Against The Machine reunion remark yesterday.

Morello tweeted, “Thanks @MumfordAndSons for inviting me up for an epic throwdown last night! Here we are rocking @NineInchNails ‘Hurt’ for the Manchester faithful.”

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and former Rage Against The Machine singer Zack de la Rocha worked on music together in the 2000’s, but Reznor told MTV in 2005 that the 19 or so tracks would remain unreleased.

Trent Reznor spent much of the six years since The Fragile recovering from a near-fatal heroin overdose and recording With Teeth, but he also found time to collaborate with other rock icons.

For the most part, however, the fruits of his labor have yet to surface — and may never.

The exception is “We Want It All,” a Zack de la Rocha solo track produced by Reznor that appeared on last year’s Songs and Artists That Inspired Fahrenheit 9/11. As for what will happen with the other 19 or so tracks the two worked on together, Reznor has no idea (nor did De la Rocha’s spokesperson).

“We got together for a number of sessions in New Orleans just working on some material that, personally, I thought turned out excellent,” Reznor said in a recent interview to promote With Teeth (see “New Nine Inch Nails LP Takes Risks — By Being Accessible”). “Over time, I think it was a matter of Zack not knowing what direction to go. I know the feeling of fear. He’s in a difficult position of leaving one of the best bands of the ’90s, and he wants to make an important statement when he makes it. And he will when he gets around to making it.”

Reznor had never met De la Rocha when got a call from the former Rage Against the Machine vocalist, but the two are friends now. “I liked Zack right off the bat. We hit it off,” Reznor said.