The Rage Against The Machine guitarist played 'The Ghost of Tom Joad' to protesters
Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine covered a track originally by Bruce Springsteen at an Occupy Wall Street one year anniversary gig held in New York yesterday (September 16).
Performing as The Nightwatchman, Morello – alongside the Freedom Fighter Orchestra – played Springsteen’s ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’ as well an instrumental take on Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Sleep Now In The Fire’, reports Rolling Stone.
Morello featured on Springsteen’s most recent album, ‘Wrecking Ball’, and played guitar on ‘The Ghost Of Tom Joad’ during number of Springsteen’s live gigs earlier this year.
Morello’s half hour long set took place in Foley Square. Das Racist’s Kool A.D., the Dead Kennedys’ Jello Biafra and Rebel Diaz also performed. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Morello said of the legacy of the anti-corporate Occupy movement:
“The people who were in the streets – whether it was 100,000 people in the streets of Madison, Wisconsin, or the months-long occupation of Zuccotti Park – those people haven’t gone away. Their ideas haven’t gone away. The mistrust and resentment towards the status quo hasn’t gone away. How it manifests itself in the months and years to come will determine the ultimate success or failure of the movement.”
Morello recently blasted Paul Ryan, the man chosen by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as his running mate. Ryan had previously been quoted as saying that Rage Against The Machine were one of his favourite bands. Morello responded by saying:
“Paul Ryan’s love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades. Charles Manson loved the Beatles but didn’t understand them. Governor Chris Christie loves Bruce Springsteen but doesn’t understand him. And Paul Ryan is clueless about his favorite band, Rage Against the Machine.”