Tom Morello: ‘New Bruce Springsteen album is a timeline’

Rage Against The Machine guitarist says that title-track 'High Hopes' "was in my wheelhouse of riffage"

Tom Morello has spoken about his involvement in Bruce Springsteen‘s new record ‘High Hopes’, saying the album “feels like a timeline”.

The Rage Against The Machine guitarist filled in for the E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt on Springsteen’s Australian tour, and Morello then went on to sing and plays on eight songs on the band’s new album ‘High Hopes’, which is due out on January 14th.

Speaking to Rolling Stone about the experience, Morello said: “While the writing of the songs may be pretty eclectic, it feels like a pretty cohesive whole to me. It feels like such an honor to be part of a Bruce Springsteen record. I played on Wrecking Ball, but I’m playing a lot and singing on this one. Duetting too.”


Asked about how he came to play on a new version of the album’s title track, Morello said: “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.”

Meanwhile, producer Ron Aniello recently said of the album: “It was unusual in the fact that [Springsteen] was on tour. There were a lot of conversations in Europe and I did some of the recording via iChat when the band was in Australia. We just didn’t have the same amount of time we had for ‘Wrecking Ball’. We had a block of time for that and there was consistency. This was more put together between his stops.”

Click here to read Tom Morello on 20 years of Rage Against The Machine.


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