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Tom Morello: “Bruce Springsteen puts his hand on the E Street Band’s shoulder and says, ‘It’s going to be great.’ It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy”

Tom Morello: “Bruce Springsteen puts his hand on the E Street Band’s shoulder and says, ‘It’s going to be great.’ It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy”

Tom Morello reveals what it’s really like touring with Bruce Springsteen in the new issue of Uncut, dated May 2014 and out on Friday (March 28).

The former Rage Against The Machine guitarist explains how Springsteen runs the band, calming the group when they worry about performing lengthy sets with minimal rehearsal.

“We’ve been opening shows with a new song pretty much every night,” says Morello, “and sometimes there’s no soundcheck. So there’s a nine-minute rehearsal with an 18-piece band of a song we’ve never played before, and then we open a show in front of 25,000 people with it.

“This is what Bruce does. He puts his hand on the band’s shoulder and says, ‘This is what we’re going to do, and it’s going to be great.’ It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

The new issue of Uncut is out on Friday (March 28).

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