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Rage Against the Machine: Tom Morello at #OccupyWallStreet

October 13, 2011

Brooklyn Bugle contributor Tim Schreier caught Tom Morello’s set today at #OccupyWallStreet at Liberty Plaza’s Zuccotti Park.  The singer-songwriter performed on the eve of the protesters’ potential eviction from their campground.

Morello, a long time supporter of progressive causes, is currently promoting his latest Nightwatchman release World Wide Rebel Songs. He was joined by frequent collaborator Carl Restivo.

Rolling Stone: Tom Morello paused for a moment as he tuned his guitar in front of the Occupy Wall Street masses this morning at New York’s Liberty Plaza. “This is crazy out here,” he said, smiling. The Rage Against the Machine guitarist went on to perform a four-song set for hundreds of onlookers, including a poignant, protester-fueled rendition of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.”

Before the performance, however, Morello addressed the crowd – whom he called “friends.” He introduced himself as the Nightwatchman, his folk alter-ego, and spoke directly to the attentive and excited members of the Occupy Wall Street movement: “First, they ignored you – then you got pepper-sprayed.” But he didn’t stop there. Morello led the crowd in a charged chant: “I know in my heart, all hell can’t stop us now.” And then, repeatedly, “All hell can’t stop us now!”

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