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Tom Morello in Concert
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attended Dec 05 2009

Fun night of music but just as much fun was watching the crowd (which was mixture of The Actors Gang regulars who may not have known what they were in for, kids wanting to hear Morello shred and who were probably disappointed that so much of the...continued

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attended Dec 05 2009

Yes LOVED it...very intimate b'cos of limited seating so a very Up Close & Personal experience. Surprised to see TIM ROBBINS who introduced the show. Morillo played "acoustic" and "electric" and he's absolutely BRILLIANT. He's also very talkative...continued

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Tom Morello is featured as one of the guitarists in _Rolling Stone’s _ “The Top 20 New Guitarists” article, and is listed #26 in the article “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.


Tom Morello was born on May 30, 1964 in New York City’s Harlem district. His mother became the founder of the organization “Parents For Rock And Rap” and his father was formerly a Kenyan guerrilla that later served as Kenyan delegate to the United Nations.

Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Libertyville, Illinois, which was a predominantly white neighborhood. During his time at the local high school, he was active in the performing arts and played the role of Oberon in the school’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. In 1980, the school had mock elections and Tom became the anarchist candidate under the name Hubie Maxwell, getting third place. That same year, he got his first guitar and formed a band called the “Electric Sheep”. One of his bandmates was Adam Jones, who would later become the guitarist for the band “Tool”.

At this time, Morello’s musical taste leaned towards heavy metal. In 1982, he graduated from high school and enrolled at Harvard University, majoring in social studies. He began focusing more on his guitar playing during his college years and made it a point to practice every day. He received his degree in 1986 and moved to Los Angeles to further pursue music. In 1988, he started a band called “Lock Up” that was given a record contract through Geffen Records. They released an album called “Something Bitchin’ This Way Comes” in 1989 to little fanfare, then broke up. Morello immediately began looking for a new band and contacted drummer Brad Wilk, who had previously auditioned for Lock Up. They agreed to start a new group, but needed more members.

Tom met rapper Zack de la Rocha at a club performance and recruited him as well as his friend, Tim Commerford, who played bass. They called their new group Rage Against the Machine. RATM produced a twelve song demo tape and attracted the attention of numerous record labels.

They signed with Epic Records and released their first album in 1992. After some promotion by touring, the album made them a success and encouraged them to release a second album, “Evil Empire” in 1996. The album managed to win two Grammy awards and showed a unique musical style. In 1999, they released their third album, “The Battle of Los Angeles”. The album debuted as the number one album and went double platinum shortly after. In 2000, they released “Renegades”, which was a collection of covers of different bands that the group listened to.

Zack left the group that same year at the height of their popularity, citing creative differences. Tom stuck with the rest of the group, which eventually hired Chris Cornell as a vocalist and took the name Audioslave. Audioslave maintains much of RATM’s style and has released two albums, self-titled and “Out of Exile”.

Over time, Tom has become known as one of the most skilled guitarists on the music scene. His music features a wide array of guitar sounds, many of which he invented himself by messing around with the electronics in his guitars. He also employs a collection of effects pedals and unique guitars. His innovation led to him being ranked #26 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Top 100 Guitarists of All Time”.

In his spare time, Tom has worked on solo projects such as folk music under the name “The Nightwatchman”. His folk music is very political, unlike the music produced by Audioslave. He periodically appears at open mic nights in clubs around Los Angeles to play this very personal music. Tom has also co-founded an organization with Serj Tankian called the “Axis of Justice”, which promotes political unity by musicians. The group calls for movements to create peace and justice around the world and has fought for numerous causes, including abolishing the death penalty.

About the Ticket Supplier: Actors' Gang

The Actors’ Gang is one of Los Angeles’ most enduring theatre ensembles. Founded in 1981 by a group of renegade theatre artists, the Gang’s mission is to create bold, original works for the stage and daring reinterpretations of the classics. Our work is raw, immediate, socially minded, and crafted with the highest artistic standards.

Over the course of our first 20 years we have produced 68 plays and won over 100 awards, winning acclaim for our interpretations of Shakespeare, Bruchner, Brecht, Moliere, Aeschylus, Ibsen and Chekhov, while developing in workshop new plays that address the world today through a prism of satire, popular culture and raucous stagecraft.

Through co-productions, The Actors’ Gang presented the West Coast Premiere of Eric Bogosian’s “Suburbia” with the Namaste Theatre Company, Roger Guenver Smith’s “A Huey P. Newton Story,” Danny Hoch’s “Jails, Hospitals, Hip Hop” with Center Theatre Group, and “Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella” with The Cornerstone Theatre Company. The Actors’ Gang has toured with productions as the US representative at the Edinburgh Festival and to New York’s Public Theatre with “Carnage, A Comedy”; with “The Imaginary Invalid” to the Rushmore Festival in New York, and in 2001 saw “Bat Boy, A Musical,” developed at the Actors’ Gang, won the Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics award for best new musical Off-Broadway in New York.