Tom Morello Says Bruce Springsteen's Concerts Are Exhausting
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.04.2014
He talks about working with The Boss...
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Tom Morello spoke about not only working on Bruce Springsteen's new album High Hopes but also his "exhausting" concerts. Here are highlights:
On playing a three and a half hour concert with Springsteen: "Yeah. It is indeed three and a half hours. In the hotel bar after one show we were comparing notes. I was like, 'Rage Against the Machine shows were exhausting, but the band never played longer than one hour and 20 minutes in its history.' They were cardiovascularly exhausting shows, but the Bruce shows are orthopedically exhausting."
On singing a verse on the High Hopes album: "I'm not a casual Bruce Springsteen fan. I am a big Bruce Springsteen fan. It's a tremendous honor to be able to collaborate in that way and to be asked to keep lending my guitar to songs is something I would have never dared to dream. But I'm happy to do it, man. "
On if he was aware of any of the cover songs on the album: In December of 2012 I was driving around Los Angeles and listening to E Street Radio on SiriusXM. The song 'High Hopes' came on and I had heard it before, but I was reminded of what a jam it was. I thought that might be a fun one to play. So in the middle of the night I sat in my driveway and I texted Bruce and said, 'What do you think about 'High Hopes' for the upcoming thing?' He put that in the set. It just felt like a potential riff-rocker. It felt like it was a little in my wheelhouse of riffage, and I thought it would just be fun to rock out."