Review: Tom Morello, 3rd June 2019
The legendary Rage Against The Machine guitarist played a sold out sideshow at Rescue Rooms with his album’s The Atlas Underground band during a night off from his slot as main support for Muse and completely demonstrated why he is so iconic. Beginning his set by playing Battle, it was clear that this was no ordinary gig. His gargantuan 19 song setlist spanned his exceptional career, with selected cuts from Rage Against The Machine, his The Nightwatchman project, and a special dedication of Audioslave’s ‘Like A Stone’ to late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell. One of the biggest crowd responses of the night was during part of ‘Bulls On Parade’, where Morello turned over his guitar to show a ‘Fuck Farage!’ sign taped to the back, in keeping with his tradition of political outspokenness. There was also a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’, however the biggest reaction of the night was of course in response to ‘Killing In The Name’ – Morello forced security to open the barrier and allowed the audience on stage with him. It is a testament to how legendary Rage Against The Machine are that there was no sole vocalist to replace Zack de la Rocha, but rather the whole crowd; screaming back every lyric, the iconic line “Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me!” absolutely shook the walls.