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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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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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Prodigy's 'Smack My B**ch Up' Named Most Controversial Song

November 24th, 2010 1:25pm EST
A track by British dance act The Prodigy has been voted the most controversial song of all time.

The band's 1997 offering, Smack My B**ch Up, was banned by the U.K.'s BBC network - the sex and drugs-filled video was not shown and the track was not played in chart rundowns.

It has now topped a poll by the Performing Right Society to find the most outrageous tune, ahead of the Sex Pistols' God Save The Queen at number two and Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood at three.

The top five is rounded out by Eminem's Kim and Killing In The Name by Rage Against The Machine.

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Rush To Be Honored As Living Legends In London

September 28th, 2010 11:45pm EDT
Rockers Rush are to be honored with the Living Legend award at Classic Rock magazine's Marshall Roll Of Honour Awards in November.

The Canadian trio will jet to London to pick up the accolade at the event, which will be hosted by Alice Cooper.

Alter Bridge and Cheap Trick will perform at the show.

Past recipients of the Classic Rock Living Legend award include Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne and Cooper.

Rush star Geddy Lee says, "We are thrilled to receive the Living Legend award from Classic Rock... We are humbled and very appreciative."

Meanwhile, AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Slash and K...

Kiss & Slash Are Big Nominees At Classic Rock Awards

August 13th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
Rage Against The Machine, Kiss, AC/DC and Slash are leading the nominations for the Classic Rock Roll Of Honor awards, with two nods each. Rock legends Kiss and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash are both nominated in the prestigious Album of the Year and Band of the Year categories.

However, competition will be tough - a staggering 16 artists have been shortlisted for their recent releases, including Wolfmother, Pearl Jam and Iron Maiden. Other competitors hoping to be named top group include AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and the Jeff Beck Band.

In the Event of...

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...

Lady Gaga Plays Controversial Arizona Concert

August 2nd, 2010 8:34am EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga refused to bow to pressure from her pop peers to cancel her concert in Arizona on Saturday - instead using the gig to urge fans to protest the state's controversial new immigration laws.

The Poker Face hit-maker admits she received a slew of phone calls from her fellow artists, begging her to join their high-profile campaign against the legislation, known as SB 1070, which gives police the power to arrest anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant. Gaga refused to scrap her gig in Phoenix and called on her loyal followers to take a stand against the controversial bill.


Elton John 'Slams Arizona Boycotters'

July 28th, 2010 8:39am EDT
Elton John
Elton John has waded into the debate over a new immigration law in Arizona, condemning artists who boycott the state over the controversy.

Acts including Rage Against the Machine, Kanye West and Maroon 5 are all refusing to perform in the state until officials reverse the legislation, which gives Arizona police the power to arrest anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant.

However, John has refused to join the protest - and he reportedly slammed the campaigners during a concert at the Tucson Arena in Arizona on Thursday.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, John told the crowd of...

Rage Against The Machine To Protest Arizona Immigration Law

July 18th, 2010 7:00pm EDT
Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine and singer/songwriter Conor Oberst are teaming up to protest Arizona's controversial new immigration laws at a concert in Los Angeles next week.

Both acts are part of the The Sound Strike coalition of artists who have agreed to boycott the state until a new bill, SB 1070, is amended.

The legislation allow police officials in Arizona to challenge anybody they suspect of being an illegal immigrant to prove their status officially. Failure to do so will result in arrest.

The protest concert at the Hollywood Palladium will be the reunited Rage Against The Machine'...

Zack De La Rocha Planning Arizona Protest Concerts

June 29th, 2010 12:30pm EDT
Zack De La Rocha
Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha is planning a series of concerts to protest Arizona's controversial state immigration laws.

The outspoken rocker is spearheading the Sound Strike campaign aimed at prompting touring acts to boycott Arizona until state officials agree to repeal the new law, which requires local authorities to determine a person's immigration status if he or she is suspected of being undocumented. And now he's planning a series of protest concerts in July.

He tells, "In the coming weeks we are going to be organizing a series of concerts that...

Rosario Dawson Rallies Against 'Un-American' Immigration Law

June 11th, 2010 3:00pm EDT
Rosario Dawson
Actress Rosario Dawson has joined protests against Arizona's controversial immigration legislation, branding the laws "unconstitutional, unsound, ineffective and un-American."

The Sin City star has teamed up with Michael Honda, chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, to write an article opposing the legislation, which targets non-whites and makes failure to carry immigration documents a crime. In the report, which she co-wrote with Honda for the Huffington Post, Dawson admits she understands why the state's officials want immigration reform, but she's slammed their he...

Rage Against The Machine Mock Simon Cowell

June 7th, 2010 11:58am EDT
Rage Against the Machine
Rockers Rage Against The Machine mocked music mogul Simon Cowell with an animated skit at their free concert in London on Sunday, which was arranged to celebrate their chart victory over the reality TV show judge last year.

The band's 1992 hit Killing In The Name snatched Britain's coveted Christmas number one spot from Joe McElderry, the winner of Cowell's talent show The X Factor, following an internet campaign to stop a four-year run of reality stars ruling the festive charts.

Rage Against The Machine scheduled a free concert at the British capital's Finsbury Park to thank fans for d...

Kanye West Urges Musicians To Boycott Arizona

May 28th, 2010 8:20am EDT
Kanye West
Kanye West has urged his fellow musicians to boycott Arizona over the state's controversial new immigration legislation - calling on artists to follow in the footsteps of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha is leading a campaign against Arizona's recently passed law, which makes failure to carry immigration documents a crime.

Cypress Hill, Juanes, Massive Attack, Jack Black, filmmaker Michael Moore and De La Rocha's band mates have also joined the campaign. And West is backing the action, insisting performers should not play any shows in the...

BBC In Hot Water Over Rage Against The Machine Performance

April 12th, 2010 10:40pm EDT
Bosses at the BBC have received a stern warning from decency watchdogs after radio producers failed to stop heavy rockers Rage Against the Machine swearing during a live performance.

Officials at Britain's broadcasting standards organization Ofcom received a string of complaints after the band appeared on BBC 5 Live's breakfast show in December to promote their controversial 1992 hit "Killing In The Name," which was re-released last year.

Frontman Zack de la Rocha was asked not to include the song's ending, in which he sings "F--k you, I won't do what you tell me" 16 times.

The singer in...

Coachella 2010 Preview

March 9th, 2010 10:22am EST
Where else can you see the a-list (and some b-list) celebrities such as Paul McCartney, Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhall, David Hasselhoff, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Brittany Snow, Dita Von Teese and Zach Braff? Along with musical talents like Jay-Z, The Gorillaz, and about 100 other bands of note?

Well travel out to the middle of the California desert about 3 hours from Los Angeles and you can find them all. Surprised? Well you shouldn't be. On April 16-18 in Indio, Calif., you can find all of the above and more at the 11th annual Coachella Valley Music and ...

Muse And Kasabian Triumph At NME Awards

February 24th, 2010 8:14pm EST
Rockers Muse and Kasabian were the toast of the British music industry on Wednesday when they landed the top honors at the NME Awards in London.

"Fire" hitmakers Kasabian won Best Album and Best Album Artwork for their third studio release "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum", but lost out on the coveted Best British Band prize to Muse.

After receiving the award from show hosts Lily Allen and guitarist Slash, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy said, "That's a genuine surprise... It's very humbling to win that award against the (Arctic) Monkeys, Kasabian. (And) great to receive it from a couple of m...

Aerosmith Back Together?

February 15th, 2010 8:15pm EST
Aerosmith's split could be over a lot sooner than expected - the band has signed on to co-headline Britain's Download festival, and Steven Tyler is expected to be part of the show.

Tyler temporarily quit the group last year after announcing he wanted a hiatus; he has since checked into rehab in an effort to kick a painkiller addiction.

Following the shock news he'd be leaving the band, guitarist Joe Perry revealed he'd be looking to replace the frontman with a new singer, so the group could honor 2010 studio and concert commitments.

But now it seems Tyler is heading back to the ban...

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...

The Essential 'Weird Al' Yankovic - 2 CDs, 38 Songs, Out Now; Win It!

November 15th, 2009 10:33pm EST
Welcome to the wild world of "Weird Al" Yankovic - a world populated by a Pennsylvania Dutch gangsta-rapper ("Amish Paradise") and a serial-killing Saint Nick ("The Night Santa Went Crazy") - a world where people frantically search for their Liquid Paper, hallucinate about the floating disembodied head of Colonel Sanders and dream of one day visiting "The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota." Yankovic, a three-time Grammy Award winner and the biggest selling comedy recording artist in history, shows no mercy to cultural milestones of every stripe - from Jurassic Park and Star Wars to the hi...

Canada's Best Kept Secret, Hedley, To Make US Debut May 19

April 9th, 2009 6:30pm EDT
Fontana International is poised to reveal Canada's best kept music secret to fans stateside. On May 19th, Canadian Pop/Rock sensation, Hedley, will unleash their US exclusive masterpiece, Never Too Late. This US debut includes, among others, Hedley's seven #1s from their two double platinum Canadian releases: Hedley (2005) and Famous Last Words (2007).

The majority of the songs on Never Too Late were produced by Greig Nori (Sum 41); Brian Howes (Hinder, Daughtry) produced "321," "On My Own," and "Trip" and GGGarth Richardson (Rage Against the Machine, Rise Against, Red Hot Chili P...

2009's Music Festival Rundown

February 5th, 2009 12:04pm EST
The music festival season is upon us! Line-ups, dates and venues are continuously being announced for this summer's crop of festivals. Here's the lowdown on some of the biggest American musical smorgasbords:

Warped Tour

Location: U.S. and Canada

Dates: June 26-August 23

Band Highlights: Less Than Jake, NOFX, Forever the Sickest Kids

Celebrating it's 15th anniversary, the Vans Warped Tour is set to begin and end it's journey in California, conquering other locations in the U.S. and Canada in between. In the past few years, the Warped Tour seems to have shied away from big-na...

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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Chris Cornell & Timbaland To Play Eight Shows In Support Of New Album

October 14th, 2008 8:06pm EDT
Chris Cornell
Throughout his storied career, Chris Cornell has clearly never been an artist that is content sitting in one creative comfort spot for too long. The versatile rocker who became a household name from his success in Soundgarden and Audioslave has teamed up with perhaps the most celebrated producer of this era: Timbaland. Scream is the result of their genre-defying sessions.

Cornell and Timbaland are set to kick off a string of eight live shows on October 17th to support the project. Scream will be performed in its entirety to mimic the experience of listening to the LP from start to fini...

Rage Against The Machine Attract Huge Numbers At Anti-War Gig

August 29th, 2008 9:44am EDT
 Rage Against The Machine
Rockers Rage Against The Machine attracted a huge crowd as they headlined an anti-war concert in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday.

In June, the politically motivated rockers announced they would stage gigs outside upcoming presidential conventions in August and September in order to disrupt the run-up to the election in November. And the band kept to their promise, playing a packed gig to almost 9,000 fans who were there to support the Iraq Veterans Against the War at Denver's Coliseum.

The group performed just a day before Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party's nomination as...