Tuesday, May 1st is International Worker’s Day. And if there was ever day that speaks to Tom Morello, this is it. He is one of the most vocal activists in music today.
Both his bands, Rage Against The Machine and The Nightwatchman are well known for fighting corruption and greed. That is why Morello recently led a group of Occupy Austin members on a peaceful acoustic sing-a-long that ended up attracted thousands of participants.
To lend his support for the modern worker, Tom Morello will give away his World Wide Rebel Tour documentary for free.
The 30-minute documentary was directed by Bobby Roth, known for his work on TV shows like Lost, Prison Break and The Mentalist.
The film features a question and answer session with Morello, mixed with live performances from his 2011 The Nightwatchman album World Wide Rebel Songs.
Joining Morello are familiar faces in rock such as Serj Tankian of System of a Down, Sen Dog of Cypress Hill, Thomas Gobena of Gogol Bordell and more.
“The World Wide Rebel Tour is a virtual tour spanning the entire planet. No one has ever toured 42 countries in one day. Until now. From Malawi to Myanmar, from Uzbekistan to the U.S.A., people’s voices and struggles have made their way into my music. On May 1st, I’m returning the favor with this global rebel rocking throwdown. Free. Everywhere. May Day.” Morello continued, “What is the World Wide Rebel Tour? Remember that old Coca-Cola commercial? ‘I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony…?’ It’s like THAT…but with class warfare.”
The documentary will be available to stream or download for free in its entirety on May 1st via worldwiderebeltour.com.
In a recent interview with KROQ’s Kevin & Bean, Morello joked “I didn’t really choose to be a guitar player. That chose me. And so I’m kinda stuck doing that. I’ve always had to find a way to weave my convictions into my music. And in moments like that, it really feels like I’m doing what I was born to do.”
To that extent, at 12pm on May Day, Tuesday, May 1st, Morello will arrive at Bryant Park in New York City to enlist thousands of musicians and singers to take part in the Occupy Guitarmy. After a rehearsal of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” and several other inspirational songs, the Occupy Guitarmy will depart Bryant Park, march through midtown Manhattan and arrive at Union Square, culminating in their performance on stage with Morello.
“On May 1st, I’ll be in the streets of New York City joining the Million Guitar March ‘Guitarmy’ with Occupy Wall Street. Simultaneously, The Nightwatchman’s World Wide Rebel Tour will be unleashed on an unsuspecting planet. It’s time to choose sides people. Are you in or are you out?” That’s what Tom wants to know.
The Nightwatchman – World Wide Rebel Songs (New West)
01. Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine
02. The Dogs of Tijuana
03. It Begins Tonight
04. Save The Hammer For The Man featuring Ben Harper
05. The Fifth Horseman Of The Apocalypse
06. Speak and Make Lightning
07. Facing Mount Kenya
08. The Whirlwind
09. Stray Bullets
10. Branding Iron
11. World Wide Rebel Songs
12. God Help Us All
–Jay Tilles, CBS Local