Tom Morello is gushing about his recent collaboration with Bruce Springsteen for the rock veteran’s upcoming 18th studio effort, High Hopes , due out on January 14. The Rage Against the Machine guitarist says he was thrilled to be able to play on a total of eight tracks on the release, as well as share vocals with the Boss.
“I played on [Springsteen’s 2012 album] Wrecking Ball , but I'm playing a lot and singing on this one…duetting too,” he tells Rolling Stone . “I am a big Bruce Springsteen fan. It's a tremendous honor to be able to collaborate in that way and to be asked to keep lending my guitar to songs is something I would have never dared to dream.”
Morello, who also sat in for guitarist Steve Van Zandt during the E Street Band 's Australian tour last March, says the original plan was for him to play on only one new song in High Hopes , but then Springsteen kept inviting him back for more. “Before the tour, I was sent the song ‘American Skin (41 Shots)’ to play guitar on," he explains. "I did that in my home studio and Bruce seemed to like that very much. Then they sent me a couple more songs to have a go at or to solo on.”
You can check out Morello’s work on High Hopes now at CBS.com/Springsteen, where the entire album will be streaming through January 13 at 7 p.m. ET. In addition, three songs from High Hopes that feature Morello -- the title track, "Hunter of Invisible Game" and "The Ghost of Tom Joad" -- will be featured in the January 12 installment of CBS’ The Good Wife .
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