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 and 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


1994 30 Years Old Morello and RATM bandmate Brad Wilk joined with Maynard James Keenan of Tool and Billy Gould of Faith No More to record the song "Calling Dr. Love" for the 1994 Kiss tribute album Kiss My Ass. … Read More
1999 35 Years Old Morello played lead guitar and produced on three tracks of Primus' 1999 studio album Antipop. … 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


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.
Morello, as The Nightwatchman, released his debut solo album, One Man Revolution, on April 24, 2007. … Read More
2008 44 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He was credited as "Additional Electric Guitar" in the 2008 superhero movie Iron Man and played a terrorist. … Read More
2010 46 Years Old 1 More Event
On February 23, 2010 Cypress Hill released the second single, "Rise Up", from their album Rise Up featuring Tom Morello on guitar. … Read More
On February 21, 2011 Morello organized and performed an acoustic concert in support of the protests over collective bargaining rights in Madison, WI. … Read More
2012 48 Years Old Republican nominee for Vice President in the 2012 election Paul Ryan likes Beethoven, Rage Against the Machine and Led Zeppelin. … Read More
2013 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Morello was featured in the song "Opinion" in the eponymous debut album by Device, which was released in April 2013.


The material Morello recorded with Springsteen appeared on Springsteen's 18th studio album, High Hopes, which was released in January 2014. … Read More
2015 51 Years Old 1 More Event
Morello plays the guitar solo of the song "Without End" on Anti-Flag's studio album American Spring released on May 26, 2015.
…  As of 2016, Morello is a member the supergroup Prophets of Rage. … Read More
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