Tom Morello to release new solo album

morello1Tom Morello has revealed that he is working on a new solo album.

In an interview with Billboard, the Rage Against the Machine axe-slinger confirms that he is creating a big rock record.

“I want to make the craziest guitar record that anyone’s ever heard. The idea is that this is the Hendrix of now” he says.

Morello has most recently been playing live with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and features heavily on Springsteen’s latest album, High Hopes, that was released on Monday. He has also recorded four albums of acoustic folk under the moniker of The Nightwatchman.

He indicates that it is Springsteen’s influence that has led him back to the electric guitar: “The first time I ever sang with an electric guitar in my hands was ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’ (with Springsteen) at the Anaheim Pond in 2008. Until then I’d kept my folk singing career and my electric guitar shredding career completely separate.”

Morello will be filling in for Steve Van Zandt during Springsteen’s upcoming Australian tour dates.

Kiss and Nirvana to join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

KissThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its new inductees for 2014.

Following a vote of the Hall committee, Kiss, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt and Hall & Oates will be inducted next year. The E Street Band will be given the Award for Musical Excellence.

Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record, meaning Nirvana, who released debut album Bleach in 1989, have been nominated at the earliest possible opportunity.

The late Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham, managers of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones respectively, will be sharing the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.

The induction ceremony will take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 10th, 2014. Tickets go on sale to the public in January.

Springsteen Releases Live Hyde Park DVD

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Bruce Springsteen has released London Calling: Live In Hyde Park on DVD. The release marks Springsteen’s first outdoor concert release as well as his first in a festival setting.

The film captures Bruce’s performance at the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London on 28th June last summer. The 172 minute show sees the legendary E Street Band tear through 27 songs, beginning in streaming sunlight before progressing through a stunning sunset and into the night.

Songs range from Born to Run through to Working on a Dream and include some inspired cover versions as well as a guest appearance from The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon during No Surrender. As a bonus, the DVD also includes an awe inspiring performance of The River from Bruce’s set on the previous day at the 2009 Glastonbury festival, as well as the video for new song Wrecking Ball, filmed at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium.

Britain’s The Independent newspaper said of the Hyde Park appearance, “He awed the 50,000-strong crowd… Drenched in sweat by the second number, tossing his guitars to the roadies with the vigour of a frontman a third of his age and jogging down a walkway to meet his fans and take their requests, Springsteen’s intensity was staggering from first powerful vocal to final thrashed-out chord.”

The full tracklist for the DVD is:
1. London Calling
2. Badlands
3. Night
4. She’s The One
5. Outlaw Pete
6. Out In The Street
7. Working On A Dream
8. Seeds
9. Johnny 99
10. Youngstown
11. Good Lovin’
12. Bobby Jean
13. Trapped
14. No Surrender
15. Waiting On A Sunny Day
16. Promised Land
17. Racing In The Street
18. Radio Nowhere
19. Lonesome Day
20. The Rising
21. Born To Run
22. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
23. Hard Times (Come Again No More)
24. Jungleland
25. American Land
26. Glory Days
27. Dancing In The Dark
28. Music under end credit sequence: Raise Your Hand

The River: Glastonbury Festival, 2009
Wrecking Ball: Giants Stadium, 2009