RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Guitarist Says Bandmembers Can't Agree On Tour Plans

In a brand new interview with RollingStone.com, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello spoke about the band's future plans following the deluxe-edition reissue of RATM's classic 1992 self-titled debut, which came out last week. "There's no plans, no current direction of anything," he said. "It was my great hope that we'd celebrate the 20th anniversary with a five-continent world tour. But short of that, this box set that celebrates the 20-year span of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE is something that will hopefully be very satisfying for longtime RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE fans as well as turn on new fans to what the band is all about."

Asked why it is so difficult to stage a RAGE tour at this point, Tom said, "We'd have to agree to go on one. Once a year, the band meets and very seriously discusses and turns down awesome offers to tour the world. That's part of the program. I'm very grateful that we did agree to do is this box set, which we're very, very proud of. Some of those early videos, you know, we're playing these clubs for 25 people. I remember that period very, very well. I had been in a lot of bands before RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, bands that had tried hard to make it, and with that band, with RAGE, it just spontaneously combusted. It immediately connected with something in the reptilian brain of fans of rock, hip-hop, punk, metal, activists in a way that was global right off the bat."

On the topic of his relationship with his bandmates today, Tom said, "Oh, I mean, we communicate fairly regularly, and my relationship with those three guys is what it's been for some time. I love them. I consider them brothers and brothers-in-arms, and whether or not we ever play music again in any capacity is unknown. I'm grateful for the music we played together, and thank goodness the cameras were rolling at that first show at Cal State Northridge, and it's been very hard. For me, as a fan, not just as a member of the band, it's some of the most exciting stuff I've ever had the pleasure to hear, let alone to be a part of."

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