On Twitter, a fan asked Tom Morello why Rage Against The Machine aren’t together in 2019, when he thinks the world need them most due to their shared political beliefs.
A fan named Scott asked Morello, “Mr Morello, why did Rage disband at the moment we truly needed them? And why are all major voices in rock silent in the face of the disgraceful @realDonaldTrump admin, leaving hip hop artists do all the work, make all the hard choices, and to take all the criticism?”
Morello responded, “@prophetsofrage & #TheAtlasUnderground: We are here for you. Also, perhaps it’s time you formed your own band?”
Morello discussed his Bruce Springsteen fandom in a new Relix interview.
“It was The Ghost of Tom Joad that really began my interest and love of folk music,” Morello recalls in the sunlit lobby. “In part, it helped me leave the nest and become a fledgling, radical, folk troubadour in my Nightwatchman career.”
Morello and Springsteen have a long, shared history. Looking back, Morello admits he didn’t connect with The Boss’ pop offerings like “Born in the USA,” but pensive records like Nebraska and Darkness on the Edge of Town provided a natural entry point and, thanks to Springsteen’s salt-of-the-earth lyricism, he found a kindred spirit. “It felt like this guy could very well be from Libertyville, Ill., my hometown. And I connected to the hopefulness and the frustration of that kind of cloister existence.”
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) March 5, 2019