Tom Morello Playing Surprise Concert At Wisconsin Protests

Tom Morello plans to play an acoustic concert today as part of massive ongoing protests at the capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin.

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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.

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    Eirien
    "Madison is the next Cairo," claims Morello.
    Wow, that's really ignorant and insensitive. I believe in the cause but you don't have to be a dick about it.
    nargoth
    Eirien wrote: "Madison is the next Cairo," claims Morello. Wow, that's really ignorant and insensitive. I believe in the cause but you don't have to be a dick about it.
    Hes saying that the public will win like they did in Egypt.
    explosionate
    God dammit Tom, shut up and play the guitar. While your at it, you can donate $5 million to the unions you crazy "socialist". This issue is derivative of much more serious matters going on right now. There has always been growth in population. In the past, this growth has been more or less proportionate to the amount of federal social programs. This was all fine because people bought goods in the U.S. so the money never left the country. Now as money leaves our economy at an exponential rate, there is no way in hell the government can expand programs to keep up with population. So what do they do? Be borrow and print more money which devalues our dollar, increases foreign debt, and inflation ensues. The world will stop dealing in dollars because of their deteriorating value. All hell will break loose once this happens. We will be stuck with worthless currency and it will cost $1000 to by a gallon of milk and I will owe millions in college debt. God dammit Tom Morello!
    rajz2011
    This Crisis is a big concern as Wisconsin is really running short of the funds by a large margin, problem is there are very few income earners who stay in Wisconsin and actually earn in Wisconsin, majority of them stay in Wisconsin but earn in Minnesota because of which such deficits have resulted. But, Wikileak on the other hand has shown video proving that the claims made by the State Government is untrue and misleading. http://fms.nu/hmyOG4 Hope the situation gets better soon. We should all come together and join to protect our rights !
    rajz2011
    This Crisis is a big concern as Wisconsin is really running short of the funds by a large margin, problem is there are very few income earners who stay in Wisconsin and actually earn in Wisconsin, majority of them stay in Wisconsin but earn in Minnesota because of which such deficits have resulted. But, Wikileak on the other hand has shown video proving that the claims made by the State Government is untrue and misleading. http://fms.nu/hmyOG4 Hope the situation gets better soon. We should all come together and join to protect our rights !
    jhart08
    "Madison is the next Cairo," claims Morello.
    "Wherever The Nightwatchman is needed, The Nightwatchman will be,"
    why weren't you in cairo? maybe because they wouldnt have air conditioning and you might get shot. Love your music, but you take a stance on some of the most stupid sh*t...
    BigMikeBDD
    Nobody takes Tom seriously anymore. His Socialist views and unwanted "appearances" are like Jesse Jackson and his Rainbow Push Coalition. Everyone laughs at them.
    booby50
    Eirien : "Madison is the next Cairo," claims Morello. Wow, that's really ignorant and insensitive. I believe in the cause but you don't have to be a dick about it
    No it's not. If you were in Madison or anywhere in WI for those protests, you would know that they got pretty heated and the National Guard was called in to keep the two sides separate. It was pretty bad. You clearly had no firsthand experience of it so no Morello bashing is needed. I am for unions, and I choose not to get involved in a debate. I have had too much debating over the past week I am spent lol.