When it comes to wielding the six-string guitar, few have the chops, inventiveness and catalogue of Tom Morello. On top of Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave and Street Sweeper Social Club, Morello recently recorded with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on Springsteen's new album, "High Hopes." Never one to slow down, Morello revealed in an interview with Billboard that he's “in the midst of making [his] first solo big rock record.”
Waiting to hit the studio once his current stint with Springsteen is finished in March, Morello gave some insight as to the direction of his upcoming solo LP: “I want to make the craziest guitar record that anyone’s ever heard. The idea is that this is the Hendrix of now."
In preparation for what can only be a blistering cannonade of mind blowing riffs and solos, here are 12 of Morello's best guitar tracks.
"Bulls On Parade" - Rage Against The Machine
"Gasoline" - Audioslave
"Sleep Now In The Fire" - Rage Against The Machine
"100 Little Curses" - Street Sweeper Social Club
"Like A Stone" - Audioslave
"Wake Up" - Rage Against The Machine
"Know Your Enemy" - Rage Against The Machine
"Ghetto Blaster" - Street Sweeper Social Club
"Show Me How To Live" - Audioslave
"Guerilla Radio" - Rage Against The Machine
"Killing In The Name" - Rage Against The Machine
As a bonus, here is a cut from Morello's acoustic solo act. Even though his work under The Nightwatchman didn't showcase any of his pounding or glitching guitar-work, songs like "Road I Must Travel" amplify Morello's powerful messages, and deserve to be a protestors' anthem.
"Road I Must Travel" - The Nightwatchman