"Music and political activism have always been really tightly bound together throughout global history," said Ryan Harvey, the co-owner of Firebrand Records with Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, The Nightwatchman) during the Rock Against the TPP Tour press call. This Saturday, July 23 at the Summit Music Hall in Denver, is the first stop on the nationwide free-to-attend tour. The Rock Against the TPP Tour's main goal is to educate the American public on WHAT the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) really is and WHY they need to pressure their local House Representatives NOW to put TPP to pasture for good, preventing it from being voted upon this fall.
Boots Riley (of funk-hop group The Coup, which also includes Morello), opened the show with a free-flow set of rhymes over an acoustic guitar. It was simple, stripped-down hip-hop at its best. The highlight of the set was his tongue-in-cheek homage to his eleven-year-old daughter, “Wear Clean Drawers,” that sang as a sweet, funny bouquet of praise and fatherly advice. “If someone hits ya, hit ‘em back / then come up with a peace contract.”
The audience was antsy for Tom Morello as he took the stage in a black baseball hat and aviator shades. He was greeted by an uprising of cheers, as well as a particularly loud, female “I love you, Tom!” He responded with a logical, “You don’t even know me!”