Tom Morello, the guitarist for RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and AUDIOSLAVE who plays firebrand folk guitar as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, launches the Justice Tour in Los Angeles on April 15. The two-week outing stops in New York, New Orleans, Asheville, NC, Washington, DC and Boston before concluding with a May Day show in Chicago on May 1.
Each stop of the Justice Tour will include a day of activism to focus on a sphere of social justice in America: homelessness (Los Angeles), safe, secure and affordable housing (New Orleans), a living wage (Asheville), peace and veterans care (Washington, DC), affordable healthcare (Boston) and labor organizing (Chicago). In addition, Amnesty International's TearItDown.org Campaign to Close Guantnamo, Project Noise and Morello's own Axis Of Justice have joined as partner organizations throughout the tour. The itinerary also includes a previously announced show April 17 at New York's Nokia Theater to benefit Road Recovery, a nonprofit that helps young people forge a future free from addiction and other adversities.
"There has been much talk about change this election season, but real change must start with people, not politicians. No matter who is elected, we the people must create justice on the ground," said Morello, who will perform on the Justice Tour as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN.
Sharing the stage with THE NIGHTWATCHMAN will be different special guests on each stop of the Justice Tour. Among those who have signed on are Ben Harper, Slash, Perry Farrell, Sen Dog of CYPRESS HILL, Davey Havok of AFI, Boots Riley of THE COUP, Maynard James Keenan of TOOL and PUSCIFER, Shooter Jennings, STATE RADIO, Mike Einzinger of INCUBUS and MC5 founder Wayne Kramer. In addition, each stop of the tour will include a local special guest artist.
While the tour's activism highlights the hard work that must be done to achieve social justice, its mood is celebratory. "Each night of this tour is going to be a freedom party," Morello said. "We are going to create a little bit of the world we'd like to see."
"Throughout American history, progressive change has always been driven by activists who blow the winds of social change," said Danny Goldberg, longtime activist and band manager and the author of "How The Left Lost Teen Spirit". "Without such energy, even the most idealistic public officials cannot prevail against the self-interested partisans of the status quo."
The Justice Tour kicks off April 15 in Los Angeles, which will spotlight homelessness and as partnered with Axis of Justice and People Assisting the Homeless. It continues to New York's Nokia Theater on April 17, the House of Blues in New Orleans on April 20, The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall in Asheville, N.C. on April 22, the Black Cat in Washington, D.C., on April 24, Boston on April 28 and Park West in Chicago on May 1.
The New York show is a previously announced show benefiting Road Recovery and will feature Slash, Jerry Cantrell and Wayne Kramer of MC5.