Incendiary rock guitarist and acoustic troubadour Tom Morello, known for his innovative guitar solos and thunderous chords, is a groundbreaking artist whether in his solo career or as an original member of the rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, two acts responsible for multiple Grammy Awards and a combined 30 million albums sold worldwide. He’s released four solo albums as The Nightwatchman and formed the band Street Sweeper Social Club with Boots Riley of The Coup in 2009. Morello has also been recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “100 Greatest Guitar Players of All-Time (#26).”
Morello has produced or collaborated with artists of diverse genres including WuTang Clan, Johnny Cash, Tool, John Fogerty, Anti-Flag, Public Enemy, Joe Strummer, Crystal Method, Calle 13, Dave Mathews Band, Johnny Cash, Linkin Park, Travis Barker and Pete Seeger. Most recently Morello has joined Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band for their most recent world tour in support of Springsteen’s latest studio album High Hopes (Columbia Records) on which Morello is featured on eight tracks.
Morello graduated from Harvard University with honors as a Political Science major and has been a widely recognized political activist throughout his career, performing at countless rallies and charity events around the globe. Morello’s family has been a constant source of political and social inspiration as his great-uncle, Jomo Kenyatta, was the first President of Kenya, and his mother, Mary Morello, founded Parents for Rock and Rap, an anti-censorship organization. With System of A Down’s Serj Tankian, Morello formed Axis of Justice, an organization whose purpose is to bring together musicians, music fans, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice.
Morello has also scored compositions for major motion pictures such as the 2008 hit Iron Man (where he was also seen as an actor), it’s 2010 sequel Iron Man II, Pacific Rim, Collateral, Charlie’s Angels, Talladega Nights, and many more. Morello also wrote and launched a politically charged comic book series called Orchid on Dark Horse Comics, on which EGMNOW comments, "Morello can place his story on the very short list of great ones told in recent memory…Orchid is a series that cannot be missed.” Always tying in music, Morello scored original songs to accompany the comic series.