Thomas Baptiste "Tom" Morello (b. May 30, 1964) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor, and political activist, best known as a member of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. Since 2016, Morello has been a member of the supergroup Prophets of Rage. He is also known for his acoustic solo act, The Nightwatchman, and Street Sweeper Social Club.
Tom Morello has toured with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as a guest guitarist. He made his first guest appearance with the E Street Band during their shows at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on April 7-8, 2008 during the Magic Tour. He also toured with the band during the Wrecking Ball and High Hopes tours, filling in for E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt during the latter so that Van Zandt could film his Netflix Original Series, Lilyhammer. Morello performed the guitar solo on the song "Jack of All Trades" from the Wrecking Ball album and also performed on the High Hopes album.
Morello is also the co-founder (along with Serj Tankian) of the non-profit political activist organization Axis of Justice, which airs a monthly program on Pacifica Radio station KPFK (90.7 FM) in Los Angeles.
Born in Harlem, New York, and raised in Libertyville, Illinois, Morello became interested in music and politics while in high school. He attended Harvard University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies. After his previous band Lock Up disbanded, Morello met Zack de la Rocha, and the two founded Rage Against the Machine together. The group went on to become one of the most popular and influential rock acts of the 1990s.
He is best known for his unique and creative guitar playing style, which incorporates feedback noise, unconventional picking and tapping as well as heavy use of guitar effects. Morello is also noted for his leftist political views and activism; his creation of his side project The Nightwatchman offered an outlet for his views while playing apolitical music with Audioslave. He was ranked number 40 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"
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