The Atlas Underground Live
Saturday, May 4
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pmThe Signal
$27.00 - $55.00
This event is minors under 18 with parent or legal guardian
No refunds - No exceptions. Lineups and times are subject to change. Any ticket suspected of being purchased for the sole purpose of reselling can be canceled at the discretion of The Signal and/or Ticketfly. Valid government-issued photo ID required. Tickets available at the door (if not sold out). Standing room only. No re-entry.https://www.thesignaltn.com/event/1829017/
Something Bitchin' This Way Comes Born in Harlem on May 30, 1964, Morello was raised by his mother (who, decades later, would help create the anti-censorship organization Parents for Rock & Rap) in Libertyville, Illinois. As a teenager, he became infatuated with both rock music and politics, and he was almost entirely self-taught on guitar (in fact, he learned the most about the instrument while practicing up to eight hours a day during a stint at Harvard University, where he majored in political science). Upon graduation, Morello relocated to the Los Angeles area, where he decided to try and make a career out of music (making ends meet by working for a spell as a California senator's secretary). By the late '80s, Morello was a member of L.A. rockers Lock Up, who inked a deal with Geffen and issued a lone album, 1989's Something Bitchin' This Way Comes. When the album sank without a trace upon release, the group broke up.
Evil Empire But Morello already had plans for his next project, which would be more thought-provoking and politically minded (taking a cue from such respected artists as the Clash and Public Enemy) and harder-edged musically. With Morello joined by vocalist/rapper Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, and drummer Brad Wilk, Rage Against the Machine were born in 1991. Over the course of a four-album career -- 1992's self-titled release (an album which many point to as the trailblazer for the heavy metal/rap style, inspiring countless other bands in its wake), 1996's Evil Empire, 1999's The Battle of Los Angeles, and 2000's all-covers Renegades -- Rage Against the Machine became one of rock's leading (and most confrontational) bands. But rumors of friction between de la Rocha and the rest of the members persisted (stemming from the fact that the frontman wanted to issue a solo album), and shortly before the release of the fourth album, de la Rocha left the band. Undeterred, Morello and the rest of the Rage members enlisted the services of former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, forming the group Civilian, which would later be redubbed Audioslave. Together, the quartet issued a trio of Top Ten albums (Audioslave, Out of Exile, and Revelations) from 2002 to 2006 before disbanding in 2007.
In addition to his work with his primary bands, Morello has lent his playing (and in some cases, production) talents to recordings by a variety of other artists including KRS-One, the Prodigy, Wu-Tang Clan, Cypress Hill, Johnny Cash, Tool, Bruce Springsteen, Primus, and Run-D.M.C.
One Man RevolutionMorello also performs solo material under his political folk alter ego, the Nightwatchman. Inspired by a number of demonstrations and protests in the U.S. and abroad, Morello issued his Nightwatchman debut, One Man Revolution, in 2007. The sophomore follow-up, The Fabled City, arrived in 2008. Once again produced by Brendan O'Brien, The Fabled City featured appearances by Serj Tankian, Shooter Jennings, and Perry Farrell. The third Nightwatchman set, Union Town, was released in the summer of 2011 with all profits going to the America Votes Labor Unity Fund. The EP included three Morello originals and five standards, including the full-length version of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" with the -- usually -- censored verse intact. Morello, once again as the Nightwatchman, followed the disc with the full-length World Wide Rebel Songs, released later in 2011 on New West.
The Party's OverMorello's next project, yet another supergroup, continued his vocal political stance while returning the guitarist to the funk and hip-hop roots he first delivered with Rage Against the Machine. Formed in 2016, Prophets of Rage recruited Rage and Audioslave members Commerford and Wilk, Public Enemy's Chuck D and DJ Lord, as well as Cypress Hill emcee B-Real. The rap-rock sextet debuted with the EP The Party's Over before issuing full-length Prophets of Rage (Fantasy) in 2017.
The Atlas Underground The next year, Morello recruited a star-studded list of cross-genre guests for his fifth solo album, The Atlas Underground. In addition to electronic acts Knife Party, Steve Aoki, and Bassnectar, he also enlisted rap icons Big Boi, Killer Mike, GZA, and RZA, as well as Portugal. The Man, K. Flay, Gary Clark, Jr., and many more.