Video footage of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello's May 31, 2007 performance in Cologne, Germany as the protest folksinger THE NIGHTWATCHMAN has been posted at www.rockster.tv. The featured songs are "One Man Revolution", "Maximum Firepower" and "Union Song". Also available is an interview with Morello in which he discusses the songwriting process, acoustic guitars vs. distortion, and what people can do to actually make a change.
Morello performed in Germany on June 2, 2007 as part of the Move Against G8 protest. An estimated fifty to sixty thousand people showed up for the rally where Morello was one of the performers.
Morello described the crowd to Launch: "I headed into the crowd. Police began to attack the crowd with water hoses and tear gas. There were big fires. I saw members of the black bloc throwing bottles at police." Despite some violence, however, most of the protests were peaceful.
Morello says he made his exit by sea in a dramatic escape: "After my set, I had to escape via small boat to the Baltic Sea. There were police boats blockading the entrance to the festival and we snuck out under cover of darkness."
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has reformed, and is expected to be playing shows soon.
Morello explained the origin of his "NIGHTWATCHMAN" name, which came from when he first began performing his protest songs incognito in coffeehouses. "I would sign up anonymously, you know," he said. "I didn't want to sign up as Tom Morello and have people, you know, between their mochaccinos clamoring for 'Bulls On Parade'. So I signed up as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, and it was a moniker that seemed to fit the music that I was writing and playing, and it stuck."