Tom Morello reflects on Rage Against The Machine’s 2000 split and why they didn’t record a new album upon reuniting

The influential quartet reunited for a series of gigs from 2007 to 2011, but never followed up the 2000 covers album 'Renegades'

Tom Morello has spoken about the “chaos” of Rage Against The Machine‘s initial split in 2000, while also revealing that there was “zero” chance of the band recording a new album when they reunited in 2007.

The LA quartet disbanded in 2000 after the release of their fourth LP ‘Renegades’, but they later reunited for a series of shows from 2007 to 2011 – including the infamous ‘Rage Factor’ gig in 2010, which was put on for free in London’s Finsbury Park following the fan-led campaign to propel ‘Killing In The Name’ to Christmas number one in the UK.

Reflecting on the band’s initial run, Morello told Lars Ulrich’s Beats 1 show It’s Electric that there were a number of reasons behind Rage’s split in 2000.


“I’ll put myself first and foremost. It was a lack of emotional maturity in being able to deal with each other as people,” Morello said. “We had political vision and the shows never suffered, but we just couldn’t agree on stuff and that unearthed feelings that made it hard to make records.

“I think there were competing visions for what it was, should be, and competing feelings about what it was like to be in the band that we didn’t deal with.”

Tom Morello (Picture: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy)

Morello continued: “My version of the band was, ‘Let’s make a record every six months. Let’s be the political Led Zeppelin and let’s overthrow the government and make the best records anyone ever did… by Wednesday, go!’

“In that pursuit, I was not always sensitive to the emotional needs of my band members. And everybody has their role in it, but that’s where I contributed to the chaos that eventually ended the band.

“But I will say this, my glass half full version is: For a band that had extremely combustable elements, to be able to have made four records, to be able to have played the shows we did, I think it’s a miracle.”


Morello also disclosed that there had been “zero” chance of the band recording a new album upon reuniting in 2007.

“We had a great time – we had fun onstage and offstage. To me it felt there was a lot of camaraderie. But one of the things that helped was we took off the table everything that had been controversial before: writing music, doing interviews, having a manager – all that stuff.

“We were like, ‘We’re just not going to do that stuff. We’re going to play shows, be able to look each other in the eye and have a nice time and not any of the stuff that stirred controversy.'”

Earlier this month, Rage Against The Machine issued Nigel Farage with a cease-and-desist letter after he named his podcast ‘Nigel Farage Against The Machine’.