Tom Morello: ‘Every show Rage Against The Machine ever played might’ve been the last’

The guitarist says that each year the band turns down 'awesome offers to tour the world'

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello has said that he does not know if the band will ever play together again, adding that “every show we’ve ever played might’ve been the last”.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, he said: “Whether or not we ever play music again in any capacity is unknown.”

Morello added that he wanted to celebrate the release of the band’s 20th anniversary reissue of their self-titled debut with a five continent world tour, but that “Once a year, the band meets and very seriously discusses and turns down awesome offers to tour the world.”


Speaking about the ‘Rage Against The Machine: XX’ release, which is out now, he said: “Here’s the thing: this is the first Rage Against the Machine release of any kind in 12 years. That to me is the more staggering number than, ‘It’s been 20 years since the record came out.'”

He continued: “The reason why we’re doing this is very clear and simple: it’s for our fans, which I believe are the single most dedicated, wild in concert, and patient fans maybe in the history of rock music.”

In the interview, Morello also recalled hearing Nirvana‘s music for the first time, during a Rage Against The Machine rehearsal, and then moshing around the carpark as they listened to the song over and over.

He said: “They cranked that thing in the truck, and we listened to ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, like, 15 times. I mean, now it’s a song and a band and a record that is oversaturated in a way that I don’t know that I’m ever going to get off on ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ again. But I remember that first night, very clearly, those guys cranking it up. We were moshing around in the parking lot of our rehearsal space.”


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