Tom Morello Leads Guitar March at Occupy Wall Street’s ‘May Day’ Rally
Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello has proven to be one of rock’s biggest supporters of the ‘Occupy’ movement. On May 1, the movement held ‘May Day,’ where supporters united on the streets of New York City to remind the world of their numbers and continued presence throughout NYC.
To support ‘May Day’ in his own style, Morello invited musicians to build a 10,000 person ‘Guitarmy’ built from guitarists who sympathize with the ideals of ‘Occupy.’ Even those who haven’t honed their guitar craft were invited to join the 25-block march. “If you have a guitar, you’re welcome to join us,” Morello tells Fuse. “If you don’t have a guitar, bring a drum or bring a kazoo. If you don’t have a kazoo, come and sing out of tune. The 99 percent sings with many voices.”
Morello went on to describe in-depth why he’s aligned himself with the ‘Occupy’ movement. “The key thing the Occupy movement has done is to put into the national consciousness… that dirty, unspoken five-letter word: Class. This gross economic inequality is a problem that needs to be rectified,” Morello says. “The corporate criminals who torpedoed the global economy still walk the streets as free men—they need to be held accountable.”
The guitarist even suggested a special punishment for those he feels are guilty of corporate malfeasance. “If Barack Obama is not going to close Guantanamo Bay, he should at least put some of those sons of a b*tches in there. I suggest orange jumpsuits, black hoods on their heads and crank Rage Against the Machine 24 hours a day.”
Check out the full interview with Tom Morello on Fuse as well as further coverage of Morello’s ‘Guitarmy.’