Tom Morello

Guitarist and Singer-songwriter

Thomas Baptiste "Tom" Morello is a Grammy Award-winning American guitarist best known for his tenure with the bands Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, his acoustic solo act The Nightwatchman, and his newest group, Street Sweeper Social Club. Tom is also the co-founder of the non-profit political activist organization, Axis of Justice, which airs monthly on KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles.… Read More

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1964 Birth Tom Morello was born on May 30, 1964, in Harlem, New York, to Ngethe Njoroge and Mary Morello. … Read More


1977 13 Years Old His mother was a schoolteacher from Marseilles, Illinois, who earned a Master of Arts at Loyola University, Chicago and travelled to Germany, Spain, Japan, and Kenya as an English language teacher between 1977 to 1983. … Read More
1980 16 Years Old Morello developed leftist political leanings early, and has described himself as having been "the only anarchist in a conservative high school", and has since identified as a nonsectarian socialist. In the 1980 mock elections at Libertyville, he campaigned for a fictitious anarchist "candidate" named Hubie Maxwell, who came in fourth place in the election. … Read More
1982 18 Years Old Morello graduated from high school with honors in June 1982, and enrolled at Harvard University as a political science student that autumn.


1986 22 Years Old Morello graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies. … Read More
1987 23 Years Old From 1987 to 1988, Morello worked in the office of California Democratic Senator Alan Cranston; however, this proved to be a negative experience for Morello, who decided never to pursue a career in politics. … Read More
1991 27 Years Old In 1991 Morello was looking to form a new band after Lock Up disbanded. … Read More


2002 38 Years Old The band released their eponymous debut album on November 19, 2002. … Read More
2003 39 Years Old Morello was the executive producer of Anti-Flag's 2003 studio album "The Terror State." … Read More


2006 42 Years Old In April 2006, Morello produced two tracks for the group Outernational; on the band's website, it states that Morello will be producing their debut album. … Read More
Morello, as The Nightwatchman, released his debut solo album, One Man Revolution, on April 24, 2007. … Read More
In April 2008, Morello made two guest appearances with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the Honda Center in Anaheim. … Read More
2009 45 Years Old On October 29, 2009, Morello performed at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert at Madison Square Garden. … Read More
Morello appears on two songs on Springsteen's 2012 album Wrecking Ball. … Read More
On January 17, 2013, it was announced that Morello would temporarily join Springsteen and the E Street Band on the March 2013 Australian leg of their Wrecking Ball Tour, filling in for longtime E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt, who had scheduling conflicts filming the TV series Lilyhammer in Norway. … Read More


The material Morello recorded with Springsteen appeared on Springsteen's 18th studio album, High Hopes, which was released in January 2014.
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