Famed Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello announced over the weekend that he plans to play an acoustic concert today as part of massive ongoing protests at the capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin.
Morello's appearance comes after a week of protests in which hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens have flooded the grounds of the Wisconsin Capitol building to express their anger over the governor's budget proposal, which seeks to limit the bargaining rights of public employee unions in the state. The protests have been covered extensively in American and international media outlets, and the cause caught Morello's attention.
The fight for union rights is personal for Morello, who is a member of Professional Musicians Local 47 in Los Angeles. His mother was an Illinois public school teacher for more than 30 years.
"I really think that the future of the rights of working people in this country is not going to be decided in the courts," Morello said in an interview Saturday. "It's not going to be decided in Congress or radio talk shows. The future of rights of working people in this country will be the fight on the streets of Madison, Wisconsin."
"Madison is the next Cairo," claims Morello.
For the past decade, Tom Morello has played political folk music under the pseudonym The Nightwatchman, and has said that he is willing to go to whichever states are engaged in similar struggles for worker and union rights.
"Wherever The Nightwatchman is needed, The Nightwatchman will be," he said.
The concert will take place at 5pm CST and will also feature Tim McIlrath of Rise Against, Tom Cabel of Against Me!, and The Streetdogs, featuring Mike McColgan, the former lead singer of the Dropkick Murphys.