Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello talks kicking butt on Guitar Hero

If you beat him, don't gloat
If you beat him, don't gloat

Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello is a guitar hero in real life. But he's also a digitized "guitar boss" on Guitar Hero III, ready to take on all comers.

During an exclusive interview with MusicRadar in which he discussed his upcoming Nightwatchman album, The Fabled City, Morello responded to a reader who bemoaned the fact that he lost to Tom during a heated Guitar Hero battle.

Morello laughed heartily; it's something he's been hearing more and more lately. "One of the blessings and the curses of being digitally personified in Guitar Hero is that all day long you have people coming up to you and telling you whether they kicked your ass or I kicked their ass at Guitar Hero.

"I'm not much of a video game player, so it's entirely likely that if you and I were playing Guitar Hero mano-a-mano that you would kick my ass. Fortunately, I have a digital representation of myself in the game that may get the better of you!"

Should you be skilled enough to beat the pixelized Morello, that doesn't mean you have to have to let him know. As the Rage Against The Machine guitarist admitted, one of the pitfalls of fame is "when people come up to me every day and tell me that they kicked my ass on Guitar Hero. I don't like that - I'll be honest. So hold your tongue if you run into me. Keep it to yourself."

You can listen to or download the full Tom Morello interview right here.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.