Donning his Nightwatchman moniker once again, acclaimed musician Tom Morello hopes to take his fans to the Fabled City this fall. The former Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist will hit the road on a 10-date solo tour, following an October 4 performance at the New Yorker Festival in New York City.
The coast-to-coast Fabled City Tour begins November 1 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, and wraps November 21 at The Fillmore at Irving Plaza in New York City. Along the way, Morello will perform November 2 at the Wonder Ballroom and November 9 at the Fox Theater in Boulder, CO. A single show in Canada is slated for November 5 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC.
The musician is supporting his second solo album, “The Fabled City,” which he released September 30 as a follow-up to 2007’s “One Man Revolution.” Both the record and the tour will showcase the talents of Morello, who was No. 26 on Rolling Stones‘s list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”
“On The Fabled City Tour, I will be playing both acoustic and electric guitar,” he said in a statement. “I want to start off with the darker acoustic songs and then build to some of the wildest electric guitar playing I have ever unleashed on stage in my career. The idea is half Dylan/half Hendrix.”
Though he now performs in his own name, Tom Morello first created The Nightwatchman as political alter ego, performing his folk-infused solo shows to small crowds in coffee houses in the downtime between his projects with Rage and Audioslave. In his statement, he described the new album as a testament to where he began as a solo act.
“My goal was to capture the energy and emotion of The Nightwatchman live shows. There is a much more rocking quality to this record, solos and riffs, mixed with darker acoustic songs,” Morello explained, continuing, “I had a lot of devastating losses of family and friends during the past two years and ‘The Fabled City’ is a search for hope through music and confronting injustice.”
Morello is no stranger to the world of politics. The Harvard political science graduate has teamed with System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian to form the political group Axis of Justice, which aims to organize music fans and social change advocates around issues of human rights and justice. In 2006, Morello was honored with an Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award for his organization’s work by American Rights at Work. Most recently, his political work has taken him to the Democratic National Convention, where he performed with his Rage band mates.
Tom Morello itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)
|October 4||New York, NY||The New Yorker Festival|
|November 1||San Francisco, CA||The Fillmore|
|November 2||Portland, OR||Wonder Ballroom|
|November 5||Vancouver, BC||Commodore Ballroom|
|November 7||Salt Lake City, UT||The Depot|
|November 8||Aspen, CO||Belly Up Aspen|
|November 9||Boulder, CO||Fox Theater|
|November 11||Minneapolis, MN||Fine Line Music Café|
|November 12||Milwaukee, WI||Turner Hall Ballroom|
|November 13||Indianapolis, IN||The Vogue|
|November 20||Philadelphia, PA||Electric Factory|
|November 21||New York, NY||The Fillmore at Irving Plaza|
Last Updated on October 2, 2008 by By Allison Reitz