Morello/Nightwatchman Visits “Fabled City”

 

Guests on Brendan O’Brien-produced
set include Serj Tankian and Shooter Jennings.

By Blurt Staff

 

Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine is set to release
the solo album, The Fabled City, September 30th, 2008 via
Epic Records.  The 11-song set is the anticipated follow up to the 2007
The Nightwatchman debut One Man Revolution.  Now being billed as
Tom Morello : The Nightwatchman, the album is the first release to bear the
political and social activist’s birth name. The Fabled City was produced
by Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam) and features appearances by
System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian and Shooter Jennings.

 

In addition to his career as a critically acclaimed solo
artist, Tom Morello is a founding member and guitarist of the rock bands Rage
Against The Machine and Audioslave.  The two bands are responsible for
multiple Grammy Awards and a combined 30 million albums sold worldwide. 
Widely known for his unique voice as a master electric guitarist, his
compositions as Tom Morello : The Nightwatchman have been primarily based
around the acoustic guitar.  However, as his Myspace page firmly states,
“You don’t have to be loud, son, to be heavy as shit,” and the stories and
sounds presented throughout the album showcases a depth and intelligence rarely
heard in the modern musical climate surrounding it.  With more complex
electric arrangements than displayed on One Man Revolution, The
Fabled City
is the synthesis of his groundbreaking work as an innovative
rock guitarist and revolutionary acoustic troubadour.   

 

When describing The Fabled City, Morello stated
“My goal was to capture the energy and emotion of The Nightwatchman live
shows. There is a much more rocking quality to this record, solos and riffs,
mixed with darker acoustic songs. I think my singing has come a long way as
well. I had a lot of devastating losses of family and friends during the past
two years and The Fabled City is a search for hope through music and
confronting injustice.”

 

In the spring of 2008, Morello launched The Justice Tour,
a nationwide concert tour formed in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of The
Human Rights Declaration.  The tour, which featured performances from
Perry Farrell, Slash, Dave Navarro, Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, Wayne Kramer of the MC5,
Sen-Dog of Cypress Hill and more, visited cities with a day dedicated to a
local charity and a rock show to benefit that charity at each stop.  The
tour performances were an extension of the periodic residency he has presided
over for the past two years at the intimate Los Angeles, CA
venue, Hotel Cafe, and included live performances of many songs from The
Fabled City

 

Recognized by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the
“100 Greatest Guitar Players of All-Time (#26),” Morello is one of
only two guitarists featured as a playable animated character in the
overwhelmingly popular Activision video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of
Rock
.  

 

Tom Morello graduated from Harvard University
with honors as a Political Science major and has been a widely recognized
political activist throughout his career.  In 2006, he was the recipient
of the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award.  Morello’s family has been a
constant source of political and social inspiration as his great-uncle, Jomo
Kenyatta was the first president of Kenya,
and his mother, Mary Morello, founded Parents for Rock and Rap, an
anti-censorship counterweight to Tipper Gore’s PMRC (Parents Music
Resource Center). 
With System of A Down’s Serj Tankian, Morello formed Axis of Justice, an
organization whose purpose is to bring together musicians, music fans, and
grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice and hosts it’s
inspired radio show, The Axis of Justice Radio Network.

 

As a producer, Morello has worked with The Crystal Method,
Anti-Flag, Puff Daddy, and many more.  He has also scored compositions for
major motion pictures such as the 2008 hit Iron Man (where he can also be seen
as an actor), The Matrix, Collateral, Charlie’s Angels, Talladega Nights, XXX:
State of the Union and more.

 

In the summer of 2008, Morello and Rage Against The Machine
will headline many European Music Festivals with a headlining performance on
August 2nd at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, IL. 

 

Tom Morello : The Nightwatchman will be touring heavily
throughout 2008 and 2009 in support of The

 

Track Listing:

1. The Fabled City

2. Whatever It Takes

3. The King of Hell

4. Night
Falls

5. The Lights Are On In Spidertown

6. Midnight In The City of Destruction

7. Saint Isabelle

8. Lazarus On Down featuring Serj Tankian

9. Gone Like Rain

10. The Iron Wheel featuring Shooter Jennings

11. Rise to Power

 

 

 

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