Since the early 1990s, when Rage Against the Machine hit the scene, Tom Morello has been making his mark in the world of rock guitar, to an extent that has him listed at #26 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Since the breakup of Rage in 2000, Morello has gone in a few different directions musically, including being a member of the “super group” Audioslave, with Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, until 2007. He has also created a new musical persona in 2003, The Nightwatchman, which is his “political folk alter ego.”
With the recent release of The Nightwatchman’s latest recording, World Wide Rebel Songs, Morello has expanded this entity’s musical ground to include a full electric back-up band, The Freedom Fighter Orchestra, which plays protest songs with poignant titles such as “The Dogs Of Tijuana,” “Stray Bullets,” and “Union Town.”
In recognition of the great and unique sound of Tom Morello’s guitar playing, AXE HEAVEN®, home of the world’s finest miniature replica guitar collectibles, features two of his most famous instruments: “Arm the Homeless,” his main guitar for songs with standard tuning that is a custom hybrid of parts from various instruments, along with “SOUL POWER,” which is a black Fender Stratocaster with a white edge.
Morello has been on tour in support of his new album. Here is a concert review by David Malitz of a recent The Nightwatchman performance that appeared in The Washington Post, which includes a brief interview with this politically active musician.
To see and hear the original versions of these two guitars, you can watch the YouTube videos below, which feature Morello guitar solos while playing with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave: