Tom Morello was not immune to the euphoria surrounding Barack Obama’s presidential election last week — especially since he’s “a fellow half-Kenyan Harvard grad from Illinois in his forties.”
But even while the Rage Against the Machine guitarist, whose primary music expression these days singing protest music as The Nightwatchman, calls the choice “a giant stride towards civilization,” he has no plans to soften his stance or let down his guard.
“We still live in what is virtually a one-party state, one corporate party with two right wings,” says Morello, 44, who recently released his second Nightwatchman album, “The Fabled City.” “So I believe that those of us who believe in human rights and peace and social and economic justice are going to have to struggle just as hard to make sure that those ideas come to the fore.”
Nevertheless, Morello — who continues to play live shows with Rage Against the Machine and co-founded the grass roots political organization Axis of Justice — acknowledges that “I won’t deny that there’s for the first time in my adult life, some sense of hopefulness.”
But a moment later he assures us that, with more than 50 songs still in his vaults, “The Nightwatchman will not be putting out an album of love ballads any time soon.”
Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman with Boots Riley performs Saturday (Nov. 15) at the Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.