Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Audioslave Guitarist Uses Axe For ‘Axis’

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – When Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello isn’t playing his axe with that band, he uses it for an organization called “Axis Of Justice.”

It’s an activist group that also includes System Of A Down member Serj Tankian and does work for various social causes, such as the “Food Not Bombs” benefit Friday (Feb. 18) in Los Angeles.

Morello will be appearing at the benefit as “the Nightwatchman,” where he plays political folk songs that are more socially-oriented than Audioslave hits like “Like A Stone.”

He makes no secret about his progressive leanings but says the music in his political songs is as important as the message. In his words, “Music has only one yardstick – whether you believe in it. Art has to come first. It has to be moving and unnerving to be potent.”

Morello hopes Friday’s concert inspires similar shows around the country and says he lives by the motto: “When I fed the poor, I was called a saint. When I asked, ‘Why are people poor?’ they called me a communist.”

Morello isn’t giving up his day job. He’s working on a new Audioslave CD but there’s no release date set.

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