Tag: Tim McIlrath
Tom Morello has posted the 20th edition of his 'The Nightwatchman Speaks' video series and in it he reveals that he’s planning on returning to Wisconsin next month to once again rally support against Governor Scott Walker and his policies.
Back in February 2011, Morello traveled to Madison and staged a rally against Governor Walker, who was at the time attempting to pass a bill that would effectively eliminate the rights of state employees to collectively bargain and thus destroy all civil servant unions.
He the new video Morello proclaims, "I am returning to Wisconsin and I am bringing some musician friends, but it will not be Rage Against the Machine sadly. I asked Rage and they were unable to play. So the Nightwatchman will be returning to an event called the ‘Recall Ball,’ which is going to be happening again. Myself and my comrade-in-arms, Tim [McIlrath] from Rise Against, will be there. Brother Ali will be playing, Street Dogs will be there, and Jackson Browne will be lending his services as well as we will be playing June 1 at the ‘Recall Ball.’”
Walker is facing a recall vote against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett due to his legislation. Walker is also believed to be under investigation for bid-rigging when he served as Milwaukee County Executive.
Jackson Browne said: “Working people across America watched aghast as Gov. Scott Walker struck down the right to collectively bargain for Wisconsin State employees,” Browne said on his website. “It’s up to the people of Wisconsin to remove Walker from office, but the fight is an American fight, for a basic American right. I’m coming to Wisconsin to help get out the vote. Recall Scott Walker!”
Morello says in the video, "We’ll be gathering a lot of people just to raise money, but we’ll be gathering canvasers to go door-to-door. The election I believe will be decided by the turnout so we’re using our efforts to get as many people in favorable communities to turn out. But I promise, Scott Walker, look out cause the Nightwatchman is back in that ass.”
In his latest video session, Morello also recaps the Chicago National Nurses United Rally and expresses his views on extremist free speech.
Morello was one of performers at the National Nurses United Rally in Chicago's Daley Plaza on May 18th. Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel attempted to revoke the event permit after hearing of Morello's involvement. According to PeoplesWorld.org, the musician told the crowd, “They couldn’t shut us down, because we stood up. It was a few politicians, skeevy lawyers, and some trembling NATO generals who caved in. If NATO, the defender of the free world, is afraid of a musician with an acoustic guitar and some nurses, we’re in a lot of trouble.”
Morello grew up in a Chicago household that supported unions. Morello is a member of the Los Angeles Musicians’ Union Local 147.
Morello recently sat down for a riveting interview with the great Bill Moyers:
Rock Picks of the Week: Chickenfoot, Jane’s Addiction (plus full 3D LG concert), Rise Against, ZZ Top, Papa Roach
The supergroup featuring Sammy Hagar, guitar wizard Joe Satriani, ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith that started as a tequila-soaked jam session in Mexico and went on to sell 500,000 copies of its 2009 debut LP are back with the new track "Big Foot".
It's from the upcoming album "Chickenfoot III", produced by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica). The album will be released on September 27. The band may tour in November, but it will have to find another drummer. Chad Smith is busy with the red Hot Chili Peppers. Chickenfoot have auditioned numerous drummers, but have not made a decision on who will be pounding the skins for them on tour as of yet.
"Chickenfoot III" full tracklisting:
'Three and a Half Letters'
'Something Going Wrong'
I am really feeling the new Jane's Addiction track ""Irresistible Force". The song is now available through all digital outlets, comes from the band's new album, "The Great Escape Artist" on Capitol Records. It marks the first new studio album by in eight years by Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro and Stephen Perkins. "The Great Escape Artist" it is due out Tuesday, September 27.
Jane's Addiction joined forces with producer Rich Costey (Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol), with TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek on the team. Sitek, best known for his production work on TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Foals, is writing, programming, and playing bass on the album. The band, with Chris Chaney on bass, will be touring throughout 2011.
On July 25th, 2011 LG and Jane's Addiction invited lucky fans to Terminal 5 in New York to take part in the World's First User Generated 3D Concert Film shot entirely on the LG Thrill 4G super phone. Over 100 fans captured the band from all angles using the glasses-free 3D LG Thrill 4G as the band played fan favorites like "Ocean Size" and "Mountain Song" as well as their new single, "Irresistible Force," from their upcoming album, "The Great Escape Artist." A special acoustic performance of "Jane Says" provides the perfect ending to an unforgettable evening. Check it out:
Activist rockers Rise Against are back with another Rock Pick of the Week for "Make It Stop (September's Child) from the album "Endgame". MTV has nominated Rise Against for a VMA for the Best Video With A Message. "Make It Stop (September's Children)" is an important song and video pouring water on the fire of homophobia. The video was directed by Marc Klasfed and highlights the It Gets Better Project. Stop the bullshit bullying!
You can vote for the video here: mtv.com/best-video-with-a-message
Coming off Rise Against's performance at the epic L.A. Rising Festival with Rage Against The Machine, Tom Morello & Tim McIlrath of Rise Against have joined forces for The Justice Tour. The tour will bring them to Madison, WI, Cleveland, OH and Flint, MI this September with all profits benefiting The Nation Institute. Tom Morello stated, "This year’s Justice Tour aims to support independent media which is battling the mountain of disinformation and propaganda foisted on the public by right wing media barons. We will also return to the union battlegrounds of the Midwest to help steel the backbone of workers under siege." Tim McIlrath added, “Playing with Tom on the steps of the Capitol building in Madison last February was an inspiring experience. I can’t wait to join him again for such an important cause. Media has become a battleground, and we're out to even the odds.”
The Justice Tour:
September 5th - Madison, WI The Barrymore Theatre (All Ages)
September 6th - Cleveland, OH Grog Shop (All Ages)
September 7th - Flint, MI The Machine Shop (18+)
Rise Against will kick off a European tour on August 10th, then head back to Wisconsin for The Justice Tour, followed by a stint opening up for Foo Fighters on September 14 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Rise Against at L.A. Rising Festival -Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum -7/30/11
Here's the new ZZ Top track "Flyin' High". ZZ Top have been working on their new album with producer Rick Rubin, and it will be released before the end of the year.
“It sounds and feels like ‘Tres Hombres,’ with a few elements of the ‘Eliminator’ period thrown in,” says Billy Gibbons. “A pretty wide range, from basic blues to slightly more fancy stuff.” ZZ Top recorded at Shangri La Studios in Malibu, California with engineer Dave Sardy (Oasis, Jet). The trio then moved back to Texas, to Foam Box Recordings in Houston, with long-time engineer Joe Hardy. "It was the Sardy and Hardy party," added Gibbons.
It's good to have ZZ Top back with a new track. It is what you would expect from the trio, and I like the sound of it. Hooking up with Rick Rubin on this project has given ZZ Top a new determination and motivation. Check it out:
ZZ Top continue on tour through August and September. ZZ Top's website is currently under construction, so get the dates here.
Papa Roach have released the third track from their latest album "Time For Annihilation", called "No Matter What". The Vacaville, California rockers have had a successful run with this album, getting significant airplay with previous tracks "Kick In The Teeth" and "Burn".
Papa Roach have toured behind the album seemingly for an indefinite time, and they'll be back on the road August 24 in Grand Prairie, Texas as part of the "Rock Allegiance Tour" with Buckcherry and Puddle Of Mudd for multiple dates.
Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters), Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue/Sixx A.M.), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Sammy Hagar (Van Halen/Chickenfoot), Lenny Kravitz, Amy Lee (Evanescence), Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), Ray Davies (The Kinks) and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) spoke to SPIN.com about Nirvana's classic 1991 album "Nevermind", which will be reissued on September 27 in both standard and deluxe editions to commemorate its 20th anniversary.
"Nevermind" is often credited for eliminating "hair metal" and introducing the world to the heavy rock sounds emanating from the Pacific Northwest that came to be known as grunge.
Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue): "I announced the album before its release on [MTV's] 'Headbangers Ball'. I said, 'Here is an important rock album.' I never understood bands saying Nirvana had anything to do with derailing their career. Maybe those bands just didn't have the goods. You can't pee like a puppy if you wanna run with the big dogs."
Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam): It was summertime in Seattle, and our record Ten was coming out in about a week. There were a few copies of Nevermind floating around on cassette before the record was out, and I remember hearing it on a Walkman, walking by myself on a rare nice day when the clouds broke for the first time in months. Just hearing that tape with the white label, it had an impact. It felt like a change. I remember in April, there were a bunch of people outside this place called the O.K. Hotel. I went up -- I knew the guy who poured coffee there -- and I was able to go in and see one of the first shows they played for the record. Later that summer, Fugazi were playing in the Mojave Desert. We drove in this little Toyota with Nevermind playing. You could just listen to that thing on repeat, it never dipped.
Sammy Hagar (Van Halen/Chickenfoot): I liked the dressing-down thing; I was so over glitter-rock. Shorts, tank tops, flip-flops around-the-clock was my attitude. I didn't want to get dressed up and pretend to be some rock star anymore. And these guys were doing it and not only getting away with it, but changing the way everybody dressed.
Phil Collen (Def Leppard): "At the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, we were the sacrificial lamb — it was Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Chili Peppers, and Def Leppard. People were quite hostile towards us, which I thought was a joke — a new kind of music comes out that's about you not wanting to be like anyone else and then you're narrow-minded? Unfortunately, we got lumped in with these awful hair bands, which we didn't really think we were part of any- way. So when Nirvana came on, it was like, 'Yeah, it's gonna fuck us a bit,' but it was also great music.
Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns): "Pop metal at the time was getting so shallow and watered down. Nirvana just reminded people how ballsy rock is supposed to be. I got a copy of 'Nevermind' from a friend a few months before it came out — it didn't immediately grab me, but after about a week, I was completely sucked in. [U.K.'s] Kerrang! [magazine] ran a photo of me wearing a Nirvan T-shirt onstage with a caption saying something like 'Uh oh, is this the new trend?' I really don't care what my hair-metal peers thought or think."
Check out what 80's rockers thought about the "Nevermind" album: spin.com/80\'s rockers talk Nevermind
Check out what more rockers, artists, managers, label reps and more thought of the legendary album: spin.com