Tom Morello Says He's Planning a Solo Album
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.10.2014
Rage Against the Machine guitarist was inspired by Springsteen...
Tom Morello has become a world-renowned guitarist thanks to his work with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, and now he's looking at taking his act solo. Morello recentlky spoke with Billboard about planning his first solo album and more. Check out the highlights:
On being inspired to go solo by Bruce Springsteen: "The first time I ever sang with an electric guitar in my hands was 'The Ghost of Tom Joad' (with Springsteen) at the Anaheim Pond in 2008. Until then I'd kept my folk singing career and my electric guitar shredding career completely separate...It was on that (Anaheim) stage that I realized there might be a way to combine all the things I do as a songwriter and a guitar player, and this record is going to be that."
On what he's planning with the album, which he will record after Springsteen's tour finishes: "I want to make the craziest guitar record that anyone's ever heard. The idea is that this is the Hendrix of now."
On touring with Springsteen: "[It has been] spectacularly exciting. I'm a big Bruce Springsteen fan, and playing 'The Ghost of Tom Joad' onstage in 2008 was a real highlight for me, and the fact that that musical and personal relationship has developed over the years, I'm really honored."
On whether he feels like a full E Street Band member: "I've always looked at it as we are allies and comrades in arms. The E Street Band has a long, storied history. I'm a big fan of the E Street Band, and when asked to play I consider it a great honor. As I've told Bruce, my principle concern is to do no harm. It's been one of the best live bands on the planet without me, so don't fuck it up is job one -- and then, when called upon, to play my heart out."