Tom Morello Recalls Doing Guitar Duels With Bruce Springsteen


Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello joined an interview with Guitar Player in which he remembered the time he worked with Bruce Springsteen and did guitar duels.

Although Tom Morello is mostly known for his career in Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave, he also joined Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band as a touring musician. During his career with Springsteen, the guitarist performed with the E Street Band occasionally and appeared on Springsteen’s two albums.

Back in 2012, Springsteen released his ‘Wrecking Ball’ album to which Morello contributed with two songs. Moreover, in 2013, Morello joined the band for their Wrecking Ball Tour as Steve Van Zandt’s replacement. At that time, the guitarist also joined E Street Band in the studio to record new music which later appeared on Springsteen’s 2014 album ‘High Hopes.’

In the ‘High Hopes’ album, Morello appears on eight tracks and on the song ‘The Ghost Of Tom Joad’ with his lead vocals. Being Springsteen’s muse and inspiration for the album, Morello continued to contribute to Springsteen with other live performances until he moved on with other projects later on in 2016.

In a recent interview with Guitar Player, Tom Morello talked about his musical hero Bruce Springsteen. The guitarist stated that they did awesome guitar duels with Springsteen, and he had to learn around 250 songs before touring with him as Bruce is like a ‘human jukebox’ who even remembers a song he played so many years before.

In the interview with Guitar Player, Tom Morello said about Bruce Springsteen the following:

“A great guitar player. I would single out ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ as some of my favorite guitar work. Tone, feeling, melodic choice. It’s one of my favorite guitar records.

It was awesome doing guitar duels with Bruce. I had to learn 250 songs before going on tour with him, and we played songs outside of that. It can be a song he played in a bar in 1972. Just off top of his head knows it. He’s a human jukebox.

In a previous interview, Morello had also stated that he would willingly fight anyone who claimed to be a bigger fan of Springsteen back when he was in his late 20s. All things the guitarist said about Springsteen considered, Springsteen is a highly-influential musical hero for Morello.