Morello Trek To Feature Harper, Slash, Keenan
The New York show is a previously announced show benefiting Road Recovery and will feature Slash, Jerry Cantrell and Wayne Kramer of MC5.As was tipped here earlier this month, Tom Morello is once again combining politics and music on the road with his upcoming Justice Tour.
The long-time activist, who also performs under the Nightwatchman moniker, has tapped artists like Ben Harper, Slash, Perry Farrell and members of MC5 and AFI to play different dates, with each performance focusing on different spheres of social justice.
The Justice Tour kicks off April 15 in Los Angeles, which will spotlight homelessness and as partnered with Axis of Justice and People Assisting the Homeless. It continues to New York's Nokia Theater on April 17, the House of Blues in New Orleans on April 20, The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall in Asheville, N.C. on April 22, the Black Cat in Washington, D.C., on April 24, Boston on April 28 and Park West in Chicago on May 1.
The New York show is a previously announced show benefiting Road Recovery and will feature Slash, Jerry Cantrell and Wayne Kramer of MC5.
While the tour's activism highlights the hard work that must be done to achieve social justice, its mood is celebratory. "Each night of this tour is going to be a freedom party," Morello said. "We are going to create a little bit of the world we'd like to see."
Boots Riley, Shooter Jennings and Maynard James Keenan from Tool are also confirmed to be taking part in the tour. Organizers in each market are determining the combinations of special guests, to be announced at a later date. Other causes supported on tour include safe and affordable housing, living wage, peace and veterans care, labor organization and affordable healthcare.
Morello described the goal of the events as "musicians, fans of music and grass roots activist organizations working together to fight for social justice. We tend to do that and have a great time, too. It'll be a cool variety of musicians going to different places and not only playing shows. It will benefit specific good causes, whether it's supporting anti-war efforts or supporting Iraq Veterans Against the War or repairing destroyed New Orleans."
The Nightwatchman recently contributed a track to the "Body Of War," double-disc benefit collection for Justice Tour partner Iraq Veterans Against the War.