Rage Against the Machine Guitarist Addresses New Album Rumors

2012-11-16

Story by Anne Erickson

Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello says the band isn’t working on new material

Rage Against the Machine celebrates its 20th anniversary of their self-titled album, “XX,” this year, and in honor, the rap-rock guys are releasing a special 20th anniversary edition of the collection on Nov. 27. With the new package on the way, fans have obviously been asking, “Does this mean a new Rage album is next?” According to guitarist Tom Morello, the answer is “no.”

When asked by Billboard if a new album was in the works, Morello stated that the band has “no plans beyond” releasing the special edition of “XX.”

Still, that doesn’t mean Morello and the guys aren’t appreciative for their place in rock’s history books. “We’re able to take pride in the fact that in the history of rock music there has never been a more popular band with as radical politics as Rage Against the Machine, nor has there been a band with more radical politics than Rage Against the Machine that has been as popular,” Morello said. “That is the lasting testament to the first shot fired by this album and how it continues to resonate with rebels around the world.”

Morello says the special edition set is something of a “thank you” to all the hardcore Rage fans who simply never falter. “We are blessed with having perhaps the most passionate fans to ever listen to a bootlegged recording or mosh at a show, so I want to really give them a motherlode of Rage Against the Machine history, past and present,” he said.

 




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