In a new interview with A Rádio Rock from Brazil, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello commented on his band being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame This year. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It’s awesome. And we’ve been nominated five times, so I was thrilled that we finally made it to the fifth one.
“I like the idea that there is a place like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that pays attention to achievement across multiple genres for the things artists have done,” he explained.
“Over the past few years, I think Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has become more democratic. Hard rock artists, who were normally a bit marginalized – from RUSH For KISS For JUDAS PRIEST even Stevie Ray Vaughanwho had trouble getting in – are now welcome. So I think it’s a nice house for RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINEto join some of my favorite groups: BLACK SABBATH, AC DC, PUBLIC ENEMY, SHOCK. It’s a very good company. »
Just a few hours after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced this year’s inductees on May 3 RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE issued a statement thanking rock room for the induction, and recounting the long and radical journey that led to the honour.
“It’s a surprising trajectory for us to be welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame“, Morellosinger Zack DeLaRochabass player Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk writing.
“In 1991, four people in Los Angeles formed a musical group to stand where sound and solidarity intersect. We called ourselves RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. A band that is as well known for our albums as we are for our fierce opposition to the American war machine, white supremacy and exploitation. A band whose songs took alternative radio to new heights while right-wing media corporations tried to purge every song we ever wrote from the airwaves. A group that wrote rebel songs in an abandoned industrial warehouse in the valley that would later dethrone Simon CowellIt is ‘X factor’ pop monopoly to top the UK charts and have the most downloaded song in UK history. A group that funded and organized delegations to stand with Mexican Zapatista rebel communities to denounce the Mexican government’s war on indigenous peoples. A group whose experimentation in the fusion of punk, rock and hip hop has become a genre in its own right. A group that closed the New York Stock Exchange for the first time in its history. A group that has been targeted by police organizations that have tried to ban us from sold out arenas for raising our voice to liberate Mummy of Abu Jamal, Leonard Peltier and other political prisoners. A group that sued the US State Department for its fascist practice of using our music to torture innocent men at Guantanamo Bay.
“A big thank you to Hall of Fame to recognize the music and the mission of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE“, the group added. “We are grateful to all the passionate fans, to the many talented co-conspirators with whom we have worked and to all the past, present and future activists, organizers, rebels and revolutionaries who have inspired our art. “
In addition to RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, willie nelson, Missy Elliot, Kate Bush, george michael, Sheryl Raven And SPINNERS will be inducted at a ceremony held in Brooklyn on November 3. chaka khan, Al Koper And Bernie Taupin will be honored with Rock and Roll Hall of FameMusic Excellence Award. In the meantime, DJ Kool Herc And Wray Link will receive the Musical Influence Award. The late creator and host of “Soul Train” Don Cornelius is this year’s recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which honors underperforming industry professionals.
The induction ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center. Details of the TV broadcast will be announced later.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINEIt is rock room the induction will come after the group appears on six ballots.
“There is a funny mix of people who vote” Morello said rolling stone in March. “It’s people who are already there. There’s an age component. There’s also a leaning dominant component… If you’ve seen any of the RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE shows last summer, you’d be hard pressed to make an argument against us.”
Talk with rolling stone in March, Morello said he did not know if the band would perform at the ceremony if inducted. “I will definitely be there. Beyond that, we haven’t discussed it… I hope so, though.
To be eligible for this year’s ballot, each nominee’s debut single or album had to be released in 1998 or earlier.
The Class of 2023 was chosen by a group of more than 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry rock room chose as voters.
Although artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single, iconic hard rock and metal bands like IRON MAIDEN And MOTORHEAD have not yet been recognized by the institution, which has inducted GUNS N’ ROSES in the first year of eligibility for that band.
rock room the rules state that artists become eligible a quarter of a century after the release of their first records, but the Entrance also claims that other “criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock ‘n’ roll”, which is, of course, subject to interpretation.
Eligible for induction since 1999, KISS only got his first nomination in 2009 and was finally inducted in 2014.
Posted by Rage Against The Machine on Wednesday, May 3, 2023