“Tom Morello, as his alter ego the Nightwatchman, performed a new cut called ‘Marching on Ferguson’ at the Jail Guitar Doors' Rock Out! benefit concert September 5th at Los Angeles' Ford Theatre,” Rolling Stone said on September 7.
The article said the bluesy track, which it called “scorching”, was inspired by murder of un armed Black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. The town has been hit by sustained protests demanding justice.
Morello, who first found success as a ground-breaking guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, sings: “Carving up that golden calf with a blowtorch and gas mask, I'm marching on Ferguson, I'm marching tonight.”