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Tom Morello Joins LL Cool J, Chuck D + Travis Barker for 2013 Grammy Performance

Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images It was a busy weekend for Rage Against the Machine guitarist  Tom Morello , who joined Bruce Springsteen and friends at the MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony on Friday (Feb. 8) and then took part in the final performance of the 2013 Grammy Awards Sunday night (Feb. 10). Morello was part of an all-star collaboration fronted by Grammy host LL Cool J and Public Enemy’s Chuck D. on a song called ‘Whaddup’ off LL Cool J’s new album. Rounding out the five-piece was some nifty scratching from DJ Z-Trip and some dexterous beats from Blink-182 ‘s Travis Barker . Though Morello was mostly in the background on the track, he did come to the forefront for some serious shredding midway into the song. The new track was an interesting song, offering bits of throwbacks throughout from Chuck D.’s repetitious “Hear the drummer get wicked” to Z-Trip spinning a sample of LL Cool J’s ‘Rock the Bells.’ In addition, LL Cool J through in a nod to the late Adam Yauch , shouting “MCA forever” before running off a few lines of the  Beastie Boys ‘ ‘No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn.’ However, in a lame move, the end of the song was cut off by sponsorship mentions and a quick cutaway, presumably to keep the length of the show on time. The performance concluded a night which also featured stellar performances from the Black Keys , Jack White , fun. , and tributes to late musicians Bob Marley and Levon Helm . [button href=”” title=”Full Grammy Coverage Here” align=”center”]

Tom Morello Teams With Travis Barker, LL Cool J, Chuck D + DJ Z-Trip for 2013 Grammy Performance

Dimitrios Kambouris / Ethan Miller (2) / Jason Kempin / Michael Tullberg, Getty Images The 55th Annual Grammy Awards just got a little more intriguing with the announcement of a new collaborative pairing. MTV reports that Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker will help rock out a performance that features Grammy host and rap great LL Cool J , Public Enemy leader Chuck D and turntable titan DJ Z-Trip. While it was not revealed what the five-piece would be performing at the Grammys, it will likely be an amalgamation of songs pulling from all of the performers’ strengths, so don’t be surprised to get some rock, rap and electronic hybrid by the time is all said and done. The newly announced performers join a lineup that already includes music guests Justin Timberlake, fun., Taylor Swift, Jack White, the Black Keys , Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Carrie Underwood, Rihanna, Sting, Bruno Mars, Miguel, Wiz Khalifa, Hunter Hayes, Kelly Clarkson, Frank Ocean, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, Mavis Staples, Zac Brown, T-Bone Burnett, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley. Music’s biggest night will also feature presenters Dave Grohl , Prince, Keith Urban, Ryan Seacrest, Ne-Yo, Beyonce, Hunter Hayes, Carly Rae Jepsen, Katy Perry, Kaley Cuoco, Neil Patrick Harris, Faith Hill, Jennifer Lopez, Tim McGraw, and Pauley Perrette. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will air this Sunday night (Feb. 10) at 8PM ET/PT on CBS. [button href=”” title=”Next: See Some of the Rock-Related 2013 Grammy Categories” align=”center”]

Daily Reload: Three Days Grace, Soundgarden + More

Ethan Miller, Getty Images – The split between  Adam Gontier says Three Days Grace  has gotten a bit ugly, as the singer criticizes the creative direction of the band. [ Loudwire ] – Chris Cornell and Soundgarden will be busy with political parties to play during President Obama’s inauguration. [ Loudwire ] – Anthrax  are showing off their thrash cover of Rush ‘s ‘Anthem.’ [ Loudwire ] – Tom Morello will join Bruce Springsteen ‘s upcoming Australian tour, filling in for Steven Van Zandt . [ Loudwire ] – Bullet for My Valentine give you a look at the solos from their ‘Temper Temper’ album in our exclusive video preview. [ Loudwire ] – Twenty-five years ago, AC/DC released their ‘Blow Up Your Video’ album. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Has it really been that long? Black Sabbath ‘s ‘Live Evil’ has turned 30. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Sorry Smiths fans. Morrissey says there will not be a reunion of the band at this year’s Coachella Festival. [ ] – The Avett Brothers lead an eclectic lineup of acts at the 2013 Kanrocksas Festival. [ ]

Daily Reload: Dave Grohl, Stone Sour + More

Justin Sullivan, Getty Images Dave Grohl will bring the ‘Sound City Players’ to the Sundance Film Festival for a performance. [ Loudwire ] Stone Sour ‘s Corey Taylor has narrowed down the release for ‘House of Gold & Bones, Pt. 2′ to April. [ Loudwire ] Halestorm ‘s Lzzy Hale says there’s no end in sight for the band’s touring. [ Loudwire ] Eddie Vedder and Tom Morello will perform at the MusiCares Tribute to Bruce Springsteen during Grammy week. [ Loudwire ] How would you like to win an all-inclusive trip for two to see Soundgarden in Seattle? Details here. [ Loudwire ] Ted Nugent has penned an open letter to Vice President Joe Biden on gun control. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] Phish celebrated New Year’s Eve by performing Black Sabbath and Steve Miller Band covers. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] The Eels made a cameo in the recently released ‘This Is 40′ that ended up on the cutting room floor. Watch it here. [ ]

Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello: Not All Band Members Ready to Make a New Album

Trixie Textor, Getty Images With the 20th anniversary edition of legendary rap-rockers Rage Against the Machine ’s self-titled debut on target to arrive Nov. 27, rumors have been swirling that the band might be planning a new album. Guitarist Tom Morello dashed any of those hopes in an interview with Billboard earlier this month, and now, he’s chiming in on why the band might not regroup for a new set. Speaking with NME , Morello stated that some members of Rage simply are “not ready” to start working on a new studio release. “When bands make albums, it’s because everybody wants to, and that’s not the case with Rage Against the Machine at the moment,” he explained. “Everyone in the band gets along very well, we consider each other friends and comrades in arms, but people sometimes don’t feel ready to do it. I don’t have one minute of one day that’s not filled with music, or politics, or family. If at some point Rage were to get it together to work more, I would be open to that, but that’s not on the table right now.” Rage Against the Machine’s 20th anniversary of edition of their self-titled debut, named ‘Rage Against the Machine – XX,’ can be pre-ordered via this link . [button href=”” title=”Next: Rage Against the Machine – Best Reunion Tours” align=”center”]

Rise Against Joined Onstage by Tom Morello + Members of Gaslight Anthem and MC5 in Anaheim

Trixie Textor / Ethan Miller / Ian Gavan, Getty Images Rise Against got a little help from a couple of friends for a star-studded rendition of the Bruce Springsteen  song ’The Ghost of Tom Joad’ in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday night (Sept. 29). Tom Morello , who has spent a good portion of the summer turning up at Springsteen concerts to perform his guitar mastery on the track, was one of the guests. Morello’s band, Rage Against the Machine , also recorded their own version of the song. Morello and Rise Against vocalist Tim McIlrath have found a lot of common musical and political ground in recent years. Rise Against played Rage Against the Machine’s L.A. Rising event last year, and both musicians have spent plenty of time rallying on behalf of unions at events in Wisconsin and immigrant rights in Arizona . Morello and McIlrath also recently appeared on Occupy movement theme song ‘ We Are the 99 Percent .’ Also joining in for the powerful performance were Gaslight Anthem singer Brian Fallon and MC5 ‘s Wayne Kramer. Gaslight Anthem has spent a fair amount of time touring with Rise Against this year, and are currently opening the band’s North American trek along with Hot Water Music . There are a handful of North American dates left this month before the band heads to South America in November for three shows. [button href=”” title=”Next: Rise Against: Top 21st Century Hard Rock Songs” align=”center”] Rise Against, Tom Morello + More Perform ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’

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