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Guitarist Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine will fill in for Steve Van Zandt during Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's Australian tour. Rolling Stone reported that Van Zandt will be previously engaged shooting his Netflix series, Lillyhammer, and Morello will sub during the nine-date trek, which kicks off on March 14th in Boondall, Australia. Van Zandt will be back on board on April 29th when the tour hits Fornebu, Norway.
Morello and Springsteen have had an active recent history, with Morello often popping up at Springsteen gigs and playing incendiary solos on Springsteen's 1995 classic 'The Ghost Of Tom Joad" -- which Rage Against the Machine covered in 2000. Most recently Morello was featured on two Wrecking Ball cuts, "Jack of All Trades" and "This Depression," as well as sitting in with Springsteen during his most recent appearance on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and at "The Boss'" March appearance in Austin the night of his keynote address at South By Southwest. Morello will be among the musicians paying tribute to Springsteen on February 8th, when he's honored as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year in L.A.
Bruce Springsteen makes no bones about the importance and luxury of performing live for his fans on any given night: "The level of responsibility, to be living in the moment at that time when eight o'clock comes around, or whatever. And I got a real strong desire to do it (laughs) because I've gotten so much out of it and it's meant so much to me and it was really my 'life rope,' when I was young, before I was could let other things in my life. Y'know, it kept me afloat."
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