Tom Morello Explains How He Decided To Be A Guitar Player In The First Place
Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello revealed the time when he decided to be a guitarist during a recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show.
In the conversation, Tom reflected on the early days of his musical career when he was in high school and pointed out that there were three bands in the school back in those days.
While admitting that their band was the worst one among the two others, he also revealed how bad they are by saying that he and Adam Jones didn’t even know how to tune their guitars.
Even though they were playing wrong and band on the stage, Tom felt that rock and roll were happening as they were playing. After sensing the blood on the water, Tom realized that this is the thing he wants to do in the future.
Here is what Tom Morello said:
“I was – it’s not a joke. The Drama Club at Libertyville High School was kind of my world, so I went into the Drama Club, and I didn’t know how to play a chord on the guitar, I didn’t know how to play a note on the guitar.
And I announced that a punk band is forming, and I’m the guitar player. ‘If you want to be in it, raise your hand. No experience required.’ So a couple of hands go up, and we’re a band. And now in my high school, there are three bands, and we’re the worst.
There’s a band called Destiny, and they’re the most beautiful men in the school with the most beautiful hair, and they cover REO Speedwagon and Styx, and the girls go mad. Then there’s Epitaph, and they don’t play any stupid soft ops, they play Sabbath covers, and they smoke weed, and we fear them, but we respect them.”
“And then there’s my band, the Drama Club band, the Electric Sheep… That’s me and Adam Jones, and there was like a school show where the bands get to play, and for the rehearsals for this show, the Destiny guys, they sit there, they’re like a human jukebox.
They’re ringed by every attractive girl in the high school, they’re shouting out songs, they could play them all and everyone swoons the whole time.
“Me and Adam can’t tune our fucking guitars, like, we can’t do it, we can’t tune the damn guitars. So the night of the thing comes, we’re supposed to play Steppenwolf’s ‘Born to Be Wild,’ we practiced it for months, and we’re barely there. So Destiny comes on, they play, like, Crosby Stills & Nash, everyone swoons.”
Tom Morello added:
“We come out on a riser, and we come out, and the keyboard player comes in with the wrong chord, and the bass player plays the wrong note, and I’m, of course, out of tune – because I never really learned how to tune the guitar.
It’s an inauspicious start to my music career, but I do have a bit of a track and field background. We’re on a riser, so I’m like, ‘This is going very poorly.’ So when the chorus of the song comes in, I leap off the riser and the roof comes off the fucking auditorium. People go crazy, like, we don’t sound good, but all of a sudden, rock ‘n’ roll is happening.
“And I sensed this, I smelled blood in the water, and I start rocking out, and people are going nuts. We finish the song, and we destroyed Destiny’s ass that night, and I realized at the end of that show, like, ‘This is what I want to do.'”
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