By Jacob Zinn
When he isn’t occupying Wall Street and putting on impromptu acoustic performances in small-town America, Tom Morello is spreading his political activism through song under the moniker of the Nightwatchman.
Armed with his “Arm the Homeless” custom Kramer guitar, the Grammy Award-winning musician is bringing his alter ego to Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre on Oct. 19.
Fans can expect unplugged songs like “Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine” and “Save the Hammer for the Man” off of his 2011 solo album, World Wide Rebel Songs. With three albums and an EP in his eight-year back catalog, the Nightwatchman’s sound contrasts his ‘90s alt-metal past, opting for harmonicas and folk tunes over distortion pedals and “fuck you I won’t do what you tell me.”
But Morello is also sure to play loud, electric guitar-heavy selections of Rage Against the Machine and his rap-rock duo, Street Sweeper Social Club, and maybe even some Audioslave. His last venture to the Pacific Northwest in November 2008 saw back-to-back performances which included “Guerrilla Radio” and a reworded cover of AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”.
The 1,144-seater Vogue Theatre is notorious for hosting similar high-profile acts, including Motörhead and the Offspring. The intimate venue houses a top-notch sound system and a low stage that puts you closer to the band than any other historic music hall on Granville Street.
Morello brings his one-man revolution to the Vogue Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Tickets are on sale through the Vogue Theatre box office and online at www.voguetheatre.com for $23.00.
About the Author: Jacob Zinn is a fourth-year journalism student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and a concert reviewer for The Runner. He prefers the hardest of rock and the heaviest of metal, and he is more metal than you. Website | Twitter
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