Tom Morello promises the ‘craziest guitar record that anyone’s ever heard’ for his upcoming, debut solo album
Tom Morello is going solo for the first time. While the Rage Against the Machine guitarist has released four studio albums as his alter-ego, the Nightwatchman, Morello is now ready to head into the studio and start recording his debut solo album.
“I want to make the craziest guitar record that anyone’s ever heard,” Morello told Billboard of the album. “The idea is that this is the [Jimi] Hendrix of now.”
Morello had the idea to put together a guitar-driven album after performing recently with Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band.
“The first time I ever sang with an electric guitar in my hands was ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’ [with Springsteen] at the Anaheim Pond in 2008,” he said. “Until then I’d kept my folk singing career and my electric guitar shredding career completely separate. It was on that [Anaheim] stage that I realized there might be a way to combine all the things I do as a songwriter and a guitar player, and this record is going to be that.”
Morello is set to tour with the Boss again through March 2, and he’s hoping to start recording the new album following that tour.
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