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Tom Morello Offers Financial Assistance To Fugitive 'Hero' Edward Snowden

June 25th, 2013 8:23pm EDT
Tom Morello
Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello has given his support to fugitive Edward Snowden, who leaked information about secret surveillance operations that the U.S. and U.K. governments used to spy on their own people.

Snowden, a former CIA agent and technical contractor, has been on the run after blowing the whistle on the government's handling of phone and internet records of private citizens. He had been seeking asylum in Hong Kong before leaving the Chinese-governed city-state on Sunday and is rumored to be headed to Ecuador.

Morello has spoken out, calling Snowden a "hero" and ...
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Tom Morello Eviscerates Rage Against The Machine Fan Paul Ryan

August 20th, 2012 8:49am EDT
Tom Morello
Rage Against The Machine frontman Tom Morello has attacked vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan in a scathing magazine article after the politician named the rock band among his favorite artists.

The Republican candidate, who has been chosen as Mitt Romney's second-in-command, recently opened up about his love for the stars, but his comments have not sit well with Morello, who has campaigned endlessly with Occupy Wall Street activists calling for an end to corporate greed.

The musician takes issue with Ryan in an op-ed piece in Rolling Stone, insisting his conservative views and policies...
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Celebrity Fans Pay Tribute To 'Jeffersons' Star Sherman Hemsley

July 25th, 2012 9:01am EDT
Sherman Hemsley
Following his death on Tuesday, many celebrities paid tribute to "The Jeffersons" star Sherman Hemsley, including Josh Duhamel, Kevin Smith, Denise Richards and Lenny Kravitz.

Hemsley died at his home in El Paso, Texas, from apparent natural causes. He was most famous for his role as George Jefferson in sitcom "All in the Family" and spin-off series, "The Jeffersons," which featured a predominantly black cast.

Kravitz, whose late mother Roxie Roker was Hemsley's co-star on "The Jeffersons," wrote, "Rest in peace Sherman Hemsley. You are legendary. Your contribution changed the fabric of A...
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Tom Morello Honored For His Political Activism

May 4th, 2012 7:15pm EDT
Tom Morello
Rocker Tom Morello has been honored for his political and social activism efforts.

The Rage Against The Machine star has been one of the most fervent supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which began in New York last year, and has travelled across the U.S. and Canada, and even to London to perform for demonstrators calling for an end to corporate greed.

He also led hundreds of protesters in a musical march through the streets of the Big Apple on May Day for the so-called Occupy Guitarmy event, and his campaign work earned him special recognition for public service at the 2012 H...
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Metal Heavyweights Pay Tribute To 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott During Five-Hour Benefit Concert

December 15th, 2011 9:59pm EST
Dimebag Darrell
System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian, Tom Morello and Disturbed star David Draiman were among the rockers who paid tribute to late Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott at a marathon party in Hollywood on Wednesday night.

The trio joined members of Pantera, Sebastian Bach, Duff McKagan and singer/songwriter Ben Harper at the Dimebag Bash, which annually honors the memory of Abbott, who was the victim of a crazed gunman at a concert in 2004.

The night's highlights included a version of Bruce Springsteen's "The Ghost of Tom Joad" performed by Morello and Tankian, and a reworking of P...
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Sting Doesn't Think Celebs Should Go To Occupy Wall Street Events

December 13th, 2011 8:56am EST
Sting
Sting has given the Occupy Wall Street protests a miss because he doesn't think rock stars and other celebrities should get involved in such demonstrations.

New Yorkers spearheaded the now worldwide Occupy anti-corporate greed movement in New York in September and impressed Sting has watched from afar as determined protesters let their voices be heard.

But he has steered clear of joining the likes of Kanye West, Russell Simmons, Tom Morello and Susan Sarandon on the front lines.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I'm intrigued by the Occupy movement... (but) I don't think celebrities shou...
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Rolling Stones Names Jimi Hendrix The Greatest Guitarist Ever

November 23rd, 2011 12:30pm EST
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix has been named the greatest guitarist in history by Rolling Stone magazine.

The revered music publication put the Purple Haze legend ahead of Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page, who came in at second and third respectively.

A team of experts from the industry, including guitarist Tom Morello, came together with editors to decide their favorite guitar player for the poll, which was released on Wednesday.

Morello says, "Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage."

The countdown als...
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Director Frank Miller Calls Occupy Wall Street Protestors 'Louts, Thieves & Rapists'

November 14th, 2011 8:44am EST
Frank Miller
"Sin City" director Frank Miller has taken aim at the Occupy Wall Street protesters in a furious new blog post, urging the anti-corporate greed activists to get organized or go home.

While many celebrities are supporting the movement, which began in New York over two months ago and is now spreading worldwide, the writer/director is far from impressed with what he's seen and he considers the individuals taking part nothing more than "losers."

He writes, "The 'Occupy' movement... is nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid f...
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Brad Pitt Voices His Support For Occupy Movement

November 11th, 2011 8:38am EST
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt has come out in support of demonstrators who have set up camp in cities across the world to protest against corporate greed.

The Occupy Movement first hit headlines in New York in September, with the demonstration in Wall Street, and it has since spread to cities including San Francisco, California and London.

Stars including Kanye West, Tom Morello, Mark Ruffalo and Russell Brand have already shown their support for the campaigners, and now Pitt has thrown his star power behind the movement.

The actor is convinced the campaigners have a relevant point and urges them not to ...
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MTV Honors Tom Morello With Occupy Wall Street Award

October 31st, 2011 1:51pm EDT
Tom Morello
Rage Against The Machine star Tom Morello has landed a special O Music Awards honor for performing at the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York.

The rocker made his voice heard in the campaign against corporate greed and social inequality, and MTV bosses have created a special trophy for him ahead of their second annual ceremony on Monday night.

On landing the Most Memorable OWS Performance prize, Morello says, "It's an unusual title for an award, but it's an award that is for the worldwide rebels who are now occupying 1,300 cities around the planet."

"The one thing that all the Occu...
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Rage Against The Machine Star To Perform For Occupy Wall Street Protesters

October 13th, 2011 9:08am EDT
Tom Morello
Rage Against The Machine star Tom Morello is to perform at the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York on Thursday.

The rocker will be making his voice heard in the campaign against corporate greed and social inequality at Zuccotti Park, just five days after performing for activists at Occupy Los Angeles.

Morello is the latest of a growing number of stars who have visited the New York protesters - Kanye West, Russell Simmons, Susan Sarandon, Michael Moore and Mark Ruffalo have also walked among the activists, offering support, beverages and advice.
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Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello Predicts More Riots

August 17th, 2011 11:34am EDT
Tom Morello
Rage Against The Machine rocker Tom Morello has predicted more riots will break out across the globe unless there is massive political upheaval.

The U.K. was hit with four days of unrest last week following a police shooting in London, and other countries in Europe have also seen rioting in recent years over mismanaged economies. And Morello is adamant disaffected youths will continue to take to the streets unless there is a huge shift in the way nations are governed.

The guitarist tells Kerrang! magazine, "It's a time of global unrest because the poor and the working class have clearly...
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Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello Creates Comic Book

July 22nd, 2011 11:47am EDT
Tom Morello
Rage Against The Machine star Tom Morello has teamed up with comic book bosses at Dark Horse to create a new graphic novel series, called Orchid.

The first issue of the rocker's new publication will hit comic book stores in October. Orchid is a futuristic fantasy tale about a teenage prostitute living in a world full of ferocious new animal species.

He's not the first rocker to team up with Dark Horse for a comic book line - the firm also gave My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way the chance to realize his dream of becoming a graphic novelist when bosses released his The Umbrella Aca...
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Jane's Addiction To Be Inducted Into Hollywood's Rock Walk

May 24th, 2011 8:42am EDT
Jane's Addiction
Rockers Jane's Addiction are to be inducted into Hollywood's Rock Walk.

The band, Stephen Perkins, Dave Navarro and Perry Farrell, will place their hands into the cement outside Los Angeles' fabled Guitar Center at noon on June 1st.

Rage Against the Machine star Tom Morello will induct the band at the ceremony.

Jane's Addiction's handprints will reside alongside the handprints, signatures, and faces of other accomplished musicians and innovators including Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Elvis Presley.

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Rob Thomas: 'Arizona Boycotters Are Doing The Right Thing'

August 3rd, 2010 8:08am EDT
Rob Thomas
Singer Rob Thomas has pledged his support to the Arizona state boycott as his rock peers fight to overturn controversial new immigration laws.

Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello is leading the Sound Strike campaign to speak out against the new legislation, which gives Arizona police new powers to arrest and detain anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant. Morello's strike has won the support of artists including Maroon 5, Bright Eyes and Kanye West, who have vowed to boycott all gigs in the state until the laws are changed. Thomas admits he is watching the campaign unfold from...
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Rage Against The Machine Keep Free Concert Promise

February 12th, 2010 4:00pm EST
Rage Against The Machine Keep Free Concert Promise
Rockers Rage Against The Machine have kept their promise to reward fans for helping them top the U.K. Christmas charts - they have booked a massive free gig in London in June.

The Californian band snatched the coveted top spot from the winner of Simon Cowell's talent show The X Factor, following an internet campaign to stop a four-year run of reality show stars ruling the festive charts. The Guerrilla Radio hit-makers topped 18-year-old Joe McElderry with the re-release of their 1992 hit Killing In The Name in December.

The rockers pledged to hold a free show for their fans if they...
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Tom Morello's Great Uncle Was Kenya Leader

January 10th, 2009 1:46pm EST
Tom Morello
Rocker Tom Morello's great uncle was Kenya's first President, Jomo Kenyatta. The Rage Against the Machine star grew up with a photo of the leader hanging on his parents' wall at home - and it left him thinking every kid had a big name in the family.

He tells Spin magazine, "I just thought everyone had a Kenyan independence leader in their family."

Morello still owns the photo and he has also picked up an authentic Maasai tribe fly swatter, just like the one Kenyatta was always pictured with.

He jokes, "I like to wield my authority with it."

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Road Recovery's 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert

April 22nd, 2008 10:33am EDT
Jerry and Slash
It's not every day that you are given the opportunity to witness performances by top notch musicians including Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave), Slash (Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver) Perry Farrell (Porno for Pyros, Jane's Addiction) and Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), as well as numerous other talented musicians all on the same stage. However, on Thursday evening, April 17th, thousands of music fans gathered together at the Nokia Theater in New York City, to watch these artists rock out in celebration of Road Recovery's 10th year anniversary.

Road Recovery is a pro...
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Tribeca Film Fest Movie Review: Chevolution

April 21st, 2008 12:02pm EDT
What do the Nike swoosh, or the McDonald's "M", or the signature for Coca-Cola all have in common? They're all among the most instantly recognizable brand logos in the world. You can go anywhere-from Times Square in New York to the Congo in Africa, and people will know these logos and be able to tell you with great certainty who they belong to.

And yet, none of these logos have been reproduced or used throughout the world quite as extensively as the photograph of one man, who, even fifty years later continues to mean different things to different people.

"Chevolution" is such an essent...
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Most Popular Rock Bands of The 21st Century. . . So Far

February 26th, 2008 10:32am EST
Audioslave
There are many rock bands out there that have evolved over the past eight years, but only a few of them have really made a difference in the music world today. Of course, everyone has different tastes when it comes to rock music, but when researching to see which bands really made an impact on the 21st Century, these five bands seemed to appear wherever I looked.

1. Audioslave: Audioslave caused quite a hype when they first came together. The band consisted of former Soundgarden frontman, Chris Cornell, and former Rage Against the Machine guitarist, Tom Morello, so for anyone who was a...
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