AUDIOSLAVE SPEAK ON ELECTION

With the general election called for next month, who will get your vote?...

AUDIOSLAVE guitarist TOM MORELLO has warned young British voters not to get complacent in the run-up to our own election.

Talking exclusively to NME.COM, the former Rage Against The Machine guitar hero told fans to take inspiration from the extent to which musicians helped rally the youth vote in last November’s Presidential Election in the US, even though the George Bush won a second term.

Morello said: “That really is a testament to the fact that despite the enormous amount of propaganda put up by the Bush administration, there were a lot of artists that were able to see through it.

”I think had all those artists not done that you would have seen a landslide in the Amercian election, and I think it was artists like that that did help to energise young people not only in the election, but hopefully beyond it so they continue to fight against this unjust war.”

Meanwhile, the guitarist, who masterminds the campaigning organisation Axis Of Justice with [a][/a]’s Serj Tankian, warned British fans to look beyond the imminent General Election.

“I’d say first of all, you shouldn’t be waiting around for you leaders to change the world, that’s your job, and young people have always been at the forefront of progressive, radical and revolutionary change. In history classes (in the US) they try to teach history like it’s a bunch of stuffy dates and kings and queens of the past. History is people like me and you standing up where we live, where we work, where we go to school and fighting for what’s right, and that’s something that you can do today.”

But despite slamming Tony Blair’s involvement in the Iraq war, Morello admitted that he did not know which way he would vote as a British citizen.

“I don’t know what the slate of candidates is, I’d have to call my friend Billy Bragg. I defer to his opinion on that one!”

Morello is soon to return with Audioslave, the band that he formed with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell.

They release the Rick Rubin-produced ‘Out Of Exile’ on May 23 followed by a single ‘Be Yourself’ on May 30.