Rage Against The Machine Icon ‘Pissed’ After Terrible Ripoff


Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk, the instrumentalists of Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave, were amongst the many musicians hit hard by illegal sharing of records online in the early 2000’s. Due to this, many rockers were ripped off from millions of album sales. In a new Strombo Show interview, Tom Morello revealed that Tim Commerford as ‘pissed’ that the debut Audioslave album didn’t sell 10 million copies. Alternative Nation transcribed Morello’s comments.

Morello: I mean, with great fondness. You know, for six years or so were in a band that I never even dreamed would happen. Like, I got to play with Chris Cornell one of the greatest rock singers and melody composers of all time.

Strombo: Sold a lot of records too!

Morello: We sold a lot records too – and sort of the last gasp of the record industry. I remember we made some record, we sold three million copies and Timmy was pissed! He’s like

“Man, back in the olden days, this would would of sold ten million copies!”

Morello: I’m like:

“But two years from now it will sell zero copies!”

Morello: You just might wanna thank your lucky stars you got in when you did. But you know, it’s just to have that catalog of songs that exist, and they have Chris’ entire life’s work to listen to. You know for fifty-two years he managed to harnessed some crazy demons to make some of the greatest rock and roll that ever existed and I feel blessed to have been part of some of that.