RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello and DEAD KENNEDYS‘ Jello Biafra performed on Sunday (September 16) in Foley Square in Lower Manhattan as part of the anniversary celebration of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which was launched one year ago.
According to RollingStone.com, Morello‘s half-hour set as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN with the FREEDOM FIGHTER ORCHESTRA included a cover of BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN‘s “The Ghost Of Tom Joad” and an instrumental run-through of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE‘s “Sleep Now In The Fire”.
The rocker, who is a staunch progressive and fierce political activist, told RollingStone.com, “The one thing that Occupy has been very successful at is forever changing the dialogue around the great, unspoken five-letter word in American politics, and that’s ‘class. The people who were in the streets – whether it was 100,000 people in the streets of Madison, Wisconsin, or the months-long occupation of Zuccotti Park – those people haven’t gone away. Their ideas haven’t gone away. The mistrust and resentment toward the status quo hasn’t gone away. How it manifests itself in the months and years to come will determine the ultimate success or failure of the movement.”
Check out video footage of Morello‘s performance below.