Chances This Story Gets the Play Tom Morello’s Ryan-Bashing Did?
You all remember back when the band Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist Tom Morello went off on Paul Ryan because he dared to have conservative beliefs and like their music. You would think any band would like the fact that they have a fan anywhere no matter his beliefs (unless he was like a Nazi or something). But no, Tom Morello made a jerk out of himself.
Today, a story in the Rolling Stone shows what true class I believe most artists out there should have:
Paul Ryan may have been blasted by Tom Morello for his love of Rage Against the Machine, but Mitt Romney’s preference for the Killers hasn’t seemed quite as controversial so far. When the Republican presidential nominee gave a shout-out to the Las Vegas band last week, at least one member didn’t seem upset by it.
“Anyone’s allowed to like us,” Killers bassist Mark Stoermer tells Rolling Stone. “If it’s just about music, I guess it’s not a negative thing.”
Romney brought up the band – whose lead singer, Brandon Flowers, is Mormon, like the candidate – in an interview with Parade. “The Killers are one group I enjoy,” he said, noting that, if elected, he’d also welcome the Beach Boys, Alabama, Aerosmith and country stars Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith to play at the White House.
Would that have been so hard for Tom Morello to say as well? Or is Rage Against the Machine more concerned about the politics than the music?
And what are the chances this story gets less air-time on TV and radio than Morello’s Ryan-bashing? I’d say about 100%. You probably won’t be seeing this all over the internet either.
There’s a reason The Killers are my favorite band: they’re all class, and most of all they’re in it for the music.
P.S. The Killers have a new album coming out on September 18th. Be sure you buy it!