RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Guitarist Prefers Being Political 'Outsider'

The Pulse of Radio reports: The Democratic National Convention kicks off on Monday (August 25) in Denver, but on Wednesday (August 27), it will go head to head with a show by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE at the Denver Coliseum. Although he once worked for a Democratic senator, guitarist Tom Morello told The Pulse of Radio he has no interest in getting any closer to national politics than he is now. "I've always felt more much comfortable, you know, on the outside, lobbing musical Molotov cocktails over the barbed wire fence and, you know, I believe that both political parties are severely flawed, and neither one of them really represents the true needs of the vast majority of Americans," he said. "But there's clearly differences as well, and it can definitely mean life or death to tens of thousands, if not more, people who's elected this next election."

Morello once worked as a scheduling secretary for Alan Cranston, the late Democratic senator from Illinois.

RAGE is doing its show in conjunction with the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) and Tent State University.

Other acts performing directly as part of the Democratic convention on August 26 are DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, DAUGHTRY, EVERCLEAR and FLOBOTS.

RAGE will also play in Minneapolis on September 3, the same week the Republican National Convention takes place in nearby St. Paul, where Morello says RAGE plans to "give 'em hell."

Tom Morello will issue a new solo set as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, called "The Fabled City", on September 30.

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