Tom Morello has more to say about GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan , who recently told The New York Times that Rage Against the Machine is one of his favorite bands. After declaring that Ryan “is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades” in a recent op-ed piece for Rolling Stone , the guitarist has now lashed out at Ryan again, saying he doesn’t understand the message behind the band’s music.
"[Rage] is a band that casts the nets really wide, and that's part of the strength of the band,” Morello tells The Hollywood Reporter . “People are drawn to it by the music, the aggression, the rockingness of it, and then they’re exposed to different ideas. Paul Ryan was a jackass before he listened to it, came out a jackass at the end, so he missed a lot of it."
Morello added that he’s not happy with President Obama either, who the guitarist openly supported in 2008. "I drank a little bit of the Kool-Aid initially," he explains. "[He] looked different than any other president, sounded different than any other president and then he acted the same as all the other presidents. If you have war crimes on your record, and you still continue to suck at the corporate teat like he does –- my hopes were higher."
In other RATM news, the band has announced that they’ll be releasing 20th anniversary editions of their self-titled album on November 27. Titled XX , the album will be available on CD, digital and vinyl formats and there will be both special and deluxe edition versions of the album.
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