Tool ‘Flaked’ On Rage Against The Machine Collaboration


in a new Rolling Stone interview, Happy Walters blamed Tool for ‘flaking’ on a collaboration with Rage Against The Machine for the 1993 Judgment Night soundtrack.

“Tom [Morello of Rage Against the Machine] was really into it. It was more the Tool side that flaked and never decided [to submit their collaboration ‘Can’t Kill the Revolution’]. I think it was something where they just didn’t get it together. It was politics. They never really turned it in, and then Tool got weird and their label got weird, and we were running out of time. I mean, those two bands at the time, were massive. So that was one of the bummers of not getting that.”

Former Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk discussed he and Tom Morello playing with Tool singer Maynard James Keenan before meeting Zack de la Rocha in a recent Let There Be Talk interview, and he described how ‘unbelievable’ Maynard sounded. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“We were also playing with Maynard, Tom and I were jamming with Maynard at this time.”

“So we were jamming with Maynard, who was fucking unbelievable. It was such a great time in music. Cut to meeting Zack for the first time, he comes in, I think he had a beanie on. He comes from a total punk rock background, but is also super into hip hop. He was really branching off into hip hop, he wanted to do hip hop. I just remember starting a song, starting to play a beat, and from the second I kicked in with the beat, the dude was richter, like jumping off my fucking drum set.

It’s just the four of us in a room, it’s real, and I was so excited to find somebody that had this feeling, and at that time even moreso, like his life depended on every fucking syllable that came out of his mouth. It was all off the top of his head, bouncing off the fucking ceilings. I just remember being completely blown away by that. That was the start of it, Zack knew Tim [Commerford].”

He was then asked if they then told Maynard it wasn’t going to work out.

“Maynard was already playing with Tool as well. Maynard might have said, ‘I’m going to go do this thing with Tool.’ So cut to Zack bringing Tim in, I got this guy who plays bass. I remember the first time all four of us played out in the valley, Sun Burst Studios. The four of us get together, I remember already feeling the stuff with Zack, and then bringing Timmy in. I remember playing and feeling like holy shit, whatever is happening here is a classic case of we are greater than the sum of our parts. Whatever is happening sonically, musically, everyone was in, like right from the start.”