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.