Guitarist Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine will fill in for Steve Van Zandt during Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's Australian tour. Rolling Stone reported that Van Zandt will be previously engaged shooting his Netflix series, Lillyhammer, and Morello will sub during the nine-date trek, which kicks off on March 14th in Boondall, Australia. Van Zandt will be back on board on April 29th when the tour hits Fornebu, Norway.
Morello and Springsteen have had an active recent history, with Morello often popping up at Springsteen gigs and playing incendiary solos on Springsteen's 1995 classic 'The Ghost Of Tom Joad" -- which Rage Against the Machine covered in 2000. Most recently Morello was featured on two Wrecking Ball cuts, "Jack of All Trades" and "This Depression," as well as sitting in with Springsteen during his most recent appearance on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and at "The Boss'" March appearance in Austin the night of his keynote address at South By Southwest. Morello will be among the musicians paying tribute to Springsteen on February 8th, when he's honored as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year in L.A.
Bruce Springsteen makes no bones about the importance and luxury of performing live for his fans on any given night: "The level of responsibility, to be living in the moment at that time when eight o'clock comes around, or whatever. And I got a real strong desire to do it (laughs) because I've gotten so much out of it and it's meant so much to me and it was really my 'life rope,' when I was young, before I was could let other things in my life. Y'know, it kept me afloat."
JUST OUR OPINION
- Y' know, for a guy who goes on and on about how irreplaceable and unique the E Street Band is, Springsteen sure has an easy time replacing them and adding superfluous players to the band.
- There is NO NEEDfor Tom Morello to fill in for Steve Van Zandt, who's pretty much inaudible during the massive industrial HUMMMMMMM that now makes up the once exquisite and powerful sound of Springsteen's concerts. With Nils Lofgren on stage you don't even need a SECOND guitarist, let alone FIVE strumming at times, when Soozie Tyrell is not playing fiddle and Patti Scialfa happens to occasionally make the show, which seemingly now features 119 players on stage.
- We know full well that Springsteen and Morello have a mutual admiration society going on -- both musically and politically -- but they just don't make good music together. Morello's style is loud and obnoxious and brash and many fans are already groaning about him shredding all over classic Springsteen tunes. On top of that, every time he's been on stage with Springsteen, he's been a distraction. If we were Australians we'd be pretty pissed.
- Morello was featured on two cuts from Springsteen's most recent album, Wrecking Ball, called "Jack of All Trades" and "This Depression."
- He also sat in with Springsteen during his most recent appearance on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and at The Boss' March appearance in Austin the night of his keynote address at South By Southwest.
- Morello will be among the musicians paying tribute to Springsteen on February 8th, when he's honored as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year in L.A.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Do you think Morello will fit well into Springsteen's E Street Band?
- It's one thing for Morello to jam on "The Ghost Of Tom Joad," but will his style lend itself well to tracks like "Born To Run" and "Jungleland"?
- Do you think Morello might find permanent work with Springsteen if and when Van Zandt or his other guitarist, Nils Lofgren, retires?
CHECK IT OUT: Springsteen with Tom Morello in 2009 performing "The Ghost Of Tom Joad" at Madison Square Garden in New York City:
CHECK IT OUT: Springsteen with Tom Morello on April 27th performing "The Ghost Of Tom Joad" live in L.A.:
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