I saw him supporting Rise Against last week (I got a free ticket because my friend is Polar Bear Club's merch guy, before you ask) in his Nightwatchman shtick. It was obviously awful, lowest common denominator folk-rock, but it also largely hinged on the fact that he was in Rage Against the Machine once (he played Sleep Now in the Fire inexplicably at the end of a song), a band whose rhythm section was always far more impressive than the pointless noises he made, and that he covered and then later duetted with Bruce Springsteen once (and did again here).
In-between songs was the usual empty promises on being a revolutionary; claiming that the occupy movement and "all of us" could change the world, some pandering to "all of us" for getting Rage Against the Machine to number 1 in the christmas charts, showing that Simon Cowell that he cannot get away with selling pop music to people (despite RATM being signed to the same Sony/EMI label Cowell owns a big chunk of) and some other absolute nonsense.
So it made me question, what is the point of Tom Morello? Though I agree with some of the sentiments him and his previous bands have stood for, they are still very much apart of the machine they claim to be raging against, and the majority of their fans generally just like the idea of a song that has the words "fuck you I won't do what you tell me" more or less summarising (and simplifying) the band to that of an angsty teenager rather than a valid political revolutionary, which overshadows the talents that did possess in some of their other material. Just a thought like...