Police Shut Down Tom Morello’s Occupy SXSW Performance

    As you might have expected, police intervened when Tom Morello brought the Occupy Austin movement to SXSW over the past 24 hours or so. Rolling Stone reports that he took the stage at the Swan Dive in Austin last night with the Occupy activists in tow. And after performing a slew of his Nightwatchman tunes along with trademark covers of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost Of Tom Joad” and other tunes, Morello brought out special guest Wayne Kramer, of MC5, to rip through “Kick Out the Jams.” 

    The police eventually shut down the performance and pulled the plug on the audio system. This didn’t immediately stop Morello, though, as he continued playing with some help on vocals from the crowd. Check out what he had to say about the show below.

    “Frankly, I play a lot of shows like that, that are very unscripted,” Morello told Rolling Stone after the cops shut down the gathering. “Whether it’s with the Occupy movement or with different activist-oriented events. There’s very little planning, there’s often no PA, and the cops often pull the plug. It was a very inspiring night.”