Tom Morello shreds at TEDActive

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  • New video from TEDActive’s Desert Party: On the final evening of TEDActive, the all-star house band Dinah Shore Jr. welcomed the Nightwatchman — guitar legend Tom Morello, ex of Rage Against the Machine. He jumped onstage with Wendy Melvoin (of Wendy & Lisa, and Prince’s longtime bandmate), Annie Clark (of St. Vincent) and Jill Sobule, TEDActive’s muse, and peeled off this 2-minute solo in the middle of “The Ghost of Tom Joad” … One viewer has already commented: “That was so spiritual, I feel like I just made up for all the missed Sunday Masses in my life.”

    See more video on TEDActive’s Vimeo channel >>

    Credits: The TEDActive 2011 House Band, Dinah Shore Jr., is Jill Sobule (here, on banjo), Wendy Melvoin (bass), Annie Clark (guitar), Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (violin), Josh Boardman (guitar) and Aaron Sterling (drums), joined tonight by Tom Morello.
    And thanks, Jesse Fagan, for correction on the song title.

    Comments (2)

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    • Jesse Fagan commented on Mar 31 2011

      The song should be “The Ghost of Tom Joad”. It is a remake of song originally by Bruce Springsteen, which is based on a character from Steinbecks’ Grapes of Wrath. I see “Ghost of Tom Jones” comes up in Google, but ONLY for those crummy lyrics sites – they are easily in error.