Tom Morello Says He Would Fight For Bruce Springsteen In His Late-20s


Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello recently joined Kerrang for an interview in which he admitted he would fight anyone for Bruce Springsteen back in his late 20s.

Tom Morello is a musician best known for his career with Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave. However, he also joined Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band on tour. Throughout his tenure with Bruce Springsteen, Morello performed with the E Street Band and appeared on two of the musician’s albums.

Morello contributed to two songs on Springsteen’s 2012 ‘Wrecking Ball’ album. Moreover, the guitarist temporarily joined them in 2013 for their Wrecking Ball Tour as a replacement for Steve Van Zandt. At that time, he joined the band in the studio to record new music material. Then, these recordings appeared on Springsteen’s 18th studio album ‘High Hopes’ in 2014.

In the album ‘High Hopes,’ Morello appears on eight tracks and contributes to lead vocals on ‘The Ghost Of Tom Joad.’ According to Springsteen, Morello was his muse as he was a great inspiration for this album. Following the release, he continued to contribute to E Street Band during the High Hopes Tour and other live performances.

In the interview by Kerrang, Tom Morello shared his insights on working with Bruce Springsteen. He stated that he discovered Springsteen in his late-20s or early-30s, and he is one of his favorite artists. Moreover, the guitarist said he is the biggest Springsteen fan, and he would fight anyone who claimed otherwise.

Following that, Morello recalled the first time he jammed with Springsteen. He said playing an electric version of ‘The Ghost Of Tom Joad’ back in 2008 was among the most incredible experiences of his life. According to Tom, that song led him to play with the E Street Band for six years.

Tom Morello told Kerrang that:

“Bruce Springsteen is one of my favorite artists of all time. I discovered him later in life, in my late-20s or early-30s, but if you asked me who was the biggest Springsteen fan in the world, I would fight anyone who said it wasn’t me. We jammed together for the first time in 2008, playing an electric version of his song ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad.’

It was one of the most electrifying moments that I’ve ever been in a room for, where the combination of the E Street Band, my guitar-playing, and that song created something that outflanked all of our expectations and led to six years of playing together on and off. That song just became this kind of howling cathedral of angst and power and guitar histrionics.”

On September 21, 2021, Tom Morello released a new song titled ‘Let’s Get The Party Started,’ which featured Bring Me The Horizon members. As a follow-up to this, he released his second solo album, ‘The Atlas Underground Fire,’ on October 15, 2021. This album features various artists, including Bruce Springsteen.