Tom Morello Reveals Rage Against The Machine ‘Monster’


Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello discussed a guitar that he has used live and in the studio in a new social media post.

“This guitar was an awful Budweiser promotional guitar that was left in a dressing room. During the Audioslave Revelation’s sessions I borrowed Cornell’s lighter, burned off the Budweiser logo, smoothed it out with some steel wool, slapped a couple Ace Frehley humbuckers in there, refretted the neck and it became the beautiful monster you see here which I’ve used on many, many recordings, the first of which was ‘Shape Of Things To Come.’ #recycling.”

Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky commented, “Awesome story! Thank you for sharing your special memories and keeping him alive for all of us #chriscornellforever.”

Morello also said, “Hey thanks to the great organization @labor411 for this award. Of course the real heroes of labor struggles are the tireless organizers & rank n file who sacrifice and struggle often against great odds and with great risk for a shot at a more just and decent planet without hope of recognition or awards. It is an honor to amplify their struggle. #SolidarityForever.”

Tom also discussed climate injustice, “‘Nobody Wins: Yale & Harvard are complicit in climate injustice.’ Today’s Harvard/Yale Game interrupted by hundreds of student and teacher protestors from both schools. In 1969 Harvard students took over sections of the school to protest the Vietnam War. When I was at Harvard we filled Harvard Yard with a dilapidated shantytown to protest the university doing business with apartheid South Africa. Glad to see this disruptive tradition continuing.” Rage Against The Machine are set to reunite for a 2020 tour, and Howard Stern mocked one of the RATM classics a few days ago.