Tom Morello proclaims "gear doesn't matter"

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  1. I am the Liquor

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    I've seen him show how to play the octave solo parts with his whammy pedal, settings, notes, he showed it all. He doesn't care about that ****.
     
  2. grb718

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    Aggree with Boo.

    I dont like like much of Tom Morello's music but from what I
    have heard from him as a person ( when he is not talking about music)
    I respect his views and passion on various subjects.
    He does seem to contradict himself though.
    He says gear doesnt matter at all, then says we were playing on rented gear and sounded like crap.
    Apparently in that instance the gear mattered alot
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  3. MrLahey

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    He's clearly pissed at Yall for snagging all the deals he cpuld have got on all the obscure stuff he once could find easily.
    He's a great player with one big flaw. Like Kirk Hammet and his wah addiction Morellp is known as the whammy pedal man. You want screeches and squeals you call Morello. Wah your thing? Get Hammet. Both arw great players both stuck themselves in a niche. Very doubtful to be taken seriously because of it. I miss dinebag.....
     
  4. Tony

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    I keep seeing posts in this thread that are variations of the same "without a whammy pedal he's nothing" theme.

    Couldn't disagree more. Yeah, he uses the whammy. He's also written and performed a sh!t ton of crushing guitar riffs. RATM as a unit is some slamming, bada$$ rock and roll, and he plays a part in that.

    I listen to Tom the same way I listen to EVH - yeah, the solos are cool, but the rhythm playing is where it's at. Grooving like mad and full of attitude.

    If all you hear is the whammy then you're missing 80% of the song.
     
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  5. PGrant

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    So, to sum that article up: Gear doesn't matter, until you've been booked to play South America with rented gear.
     
  6. Sarutobi sasuke

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    nothing new there. the entire schtick of ratm was stick it to the man, fight the power, etc. all while working for sony and doing nike endorsements.

    and yet, guys who post this exact sentiment in nearly every thread never seem to grasp the irony of it
     
  7. sixty2strat

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    As a college professor said referring to Roger Waters: It's hard to take social commentary from a millionaire. IIRC Fugazi has managed to make a career and a bit of a living by avoiding the machine.
     
  8. Cal Webway

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    Tom is indirectly saying, power to the lumpen proleteriat's Jay Tursers.
    Been following his 'shining path' of guitar truth for decades

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  9. SnidelyWhiplash

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    I would argue that it is even harder to take social commentary
    from a college professor. :cool:
     
  10. TheGuildedAge

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    If you had a Mount Rushmore of guitarists, Morello is absolutely deserving. One of the few, along with EVH and The Edge, who drastically changed the instrument and would people thought you could do with it.
     
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    it's hard not to call it a bs
     
  12. sixty2strat

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    Honestly it was a discussion of Pink Floyd at a frat party from an untenured History proff who was their advisor. So he was more operating as a fan with little job security right after the final cut came out.
     
  13. sixty2strat

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    At what point does worrying about my gear become classist elitism and reactionary capitalism. Should I not get a set up, change strings have a favorite or adjust my amp setting, should you even tune it ?. ...Being sarcastic but it is a slippery slope where to draw the line. Not having good gear never stopped me, I started on a 2.00 yard sale silvertone, so I think his argument is just retoric. People will do what they feel driven to do. If you give up because you don't have an R8 then you weren't meant to be here.
     
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  14. grb718

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    Social commentary from a millionaire is as relevant as anyone elses social commentary.
    People sometimes think someone who is flush with cash somehow is lesser as far as social
    relevance.
    Got to consider the context of ones life, maybe the millionaire worked his butt off, rose from
    modest means and helped others along the way. His commentary on social issues might be much
    more relevant than the hard luck guy who never had a chance and is stuck on skid row and has a jaded point of view.
    Like the old line about the starving artist and " suffering for your art"
    Miles Davis wasnt a poor street kid who was suffering financially when he was learning to play.. and he did
    some pretty compelling work.
     
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  15. sixty2strat

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    I think what you miss is the phrase hard to take, which I never thought of as an absolute rejection. So he did not fully reject their input. Listening to a guy rant about what is wrong gets a bit much and how they know better, Waters at the time was blaming certain leaders for every woe was the basis for this. What your saying seems more line with him, as in do the offer ideas suggestions and observation. Ultimately I think he was trying to get us to question and not accept.


    Miles was well off but remember he was still a 2nd class citizen and treated worse in many places for most of his life.....maybe that why he was compelling or just touched by the gods
     
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    He had the balls to say to the band, " We are doing this". The thing most folks don't have the strength to make happen. Maybe the success hinges on the intelligence of the band to get on board.

    The stadiums filled up and the rest is history.
     
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    His statement;
    “My take on gear,” he says, “is that it does not matter—at all—ever—in any circumstance.”

    I disagree.
     
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    He clearly likes hats.
     
  19. A-Bone

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    Rather than accusing him of hypocrisy I'd suggest that what you describe displays both the inherent contradictions of people and also how much more imbedded and elastic ideological systems are. Morello is as much an American ideological subject as any of the rest of us who are American. His apparent inconsistency is a feature of what the subject constructed in an ideological structure looks like, and also an example of how it is not easy, if it is even possible, to step outside of one's ideological subject hood.
     
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  20. grb718

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    So you gonna buy his new cd?

    Seriously though noise under the floor and I say this with no particular love or dislike for Tom Morello's music ( not my thing but lots of folks dig him);
    Just because someone is financially successful and educated doesnt mean they cant empathize or sympathize with those less fortunate than they are.
    So what if he has never seen manual labor, makes no difference to the idea that he has the right to express his opinion. Its Like saying the cancer doctor has no business treating cancer
    patients because he has never been sick a day in his life.
    He is correct in that there are alot of wrongs in this country, as in every civilized nation.
    Just because one has proven to be successful on several levels within the context of a country's rules and established
    social and economic parameters doesnt mean they cant complain, take action and have their voice heard.
    Your point makes it seem like you have to be poor, uneducated and or unemployed to have an opinion
    about these issues.
    And to the often repeated idea of people who complain should move to another country is kind of childish.
    Part of the greatness of this country is the freedom to complain, want change, express thoughts. Its a fluid, dynamic evolution that is ongoing.
    I love living in America, I work , pay taxes, vote and sometimes I complain and there are things I would love to change
    about this country. But thats the whole point. We are lucky to live in a place where we can be angry, yell and scream,
    celebrate, play music, be political or not, worship or not
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    While I dont agree with Morello on alot things and maybe he is hypocritical at times, sometimes we all are a bit. I am
    glad at least he cares enough to make his voice heard and though I disagree with you on most of what you said, I respect that you said it.. I just think youre wrong.
    Peace
     
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