Rollingstone.com is reporting that Tom Morello says that his performance at the National Nurses United rally in Chicago will take place as originally planned, despite efforts by city officials to relocate the demonstration.
It was reported earlier this week that the city had decided to pull the permit for the event and force it to move to a less centrally-located venue after Morello’s performance was added to the schedule. In a letter to the event’s organizers, city officials had said the move was necessary to accommodate changes to the event, including a far greater number of attendees.
“Chicago is my hometown and the mayor is making me feel mighty unwelcome,” the guitarist told Rolling Stone on Tuesday. “If Rahm Emanuel is so afraid of my popularity in Chicago maybe I should run against him in the next election.”
“The Mayor’s office and NATO backed down because we stood up,” Morello said in a statement. “This is a great victory for the nurses union, the people of Chicago, free speech and rock n’ roll. Of course we’re not a security threat to downtown Chicago, but we proudly remain a threat to the monied interests who failed to stifle us.”
Rage Against The Machine guitarist and The Nightwatchman Tom Morello has posted a video for his track ‘Save the Hammer for the Man’ with Ben Harper (from his album ‘World Wide Rebel Songs’), as well as video of a virtual tour of the planet. On his www.worldwiderebeltour.com website you can customize the video to fit the country of your choice. There’s 42 countries and 30 languages in the different video versions, directed by Bobby Roth. Check out the United States version and the ‘Save the Hammer for the Man’ video below:
Tom Morello recently assembled a Guitarmy, an army of guitarists, for the May Day Occupy Wall Street march in New York (May 1), and he joined Bruce Springsteen onstage at The Boss’ Los Angeles Sports Arena concert on April 26th to perform ‘Jack of All Trades’, and ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’