Official Press Release
On Thursday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m., Tom Morello will take the stage as the Nightwatchman, accompanied by the Freedom Fighter Orchestra, at the Javits Center’s IGN Theater to play a riveting set for the New York Comic Con Kick-Off Concert.
The Grammy Award–winning artist released the Nightwatchman album World Wide Rebel Songs on August 30 and has been taking the country by political storm, one city at a time.
“The core of the Nightwatchman is dark matter,” says Tom Morello. “But at the heart of every struggle, there’s hope. So this is an album of rousing hopelessness—it’s part Johnny Cash and part Che Guevara, part beacon light and part arson fire.”
Tom Morello’s Orchid, which tells the tale of a sixteen-year-old street prostitute in a dystopian future, will be released in twelve issues through Dark Horse Comics beginning October 12. Orchid #1 features a variant cover by the well-known and influential street artist Shepard Fairey, with interior art by Scott Hepburn (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic). “Orchid is part SuicideGirl, part Joan of Arc, who becomes the Spartacus of Whores in a story that merges the epic scope of Lord of the Rings with the politics of street terrorism,” says Morello.
"I'm stoked and honored to be playing alongside Tom Morello at the New York Comic Con. He's one of my favorite guitarists of all time, and I've always admired the level of consciousness he brings to the table. This show is gonna be great. Can't wait to read his new comic too." – DJ Z-Trip
Headlined by DJ Z-Trip, the concert is free to all VIPs and 4-Day ticket holders but seating is first come, first served, and will be extremely limited due to the size of the auditorium and popularity of the event. Ultimate Access, Special Access and Anime Access VIP ticket holders will be guaranteed to get into the show first; then, 4-Day ticket holders will be let in until the auditorium is full. The concert is open to all 4-Day ticket holders on a first come, first served basis and it is not guaranteed that all 4-Day ticket holders that want to attend the show will be able to get in.
“The world is in flux,” Tom Morello says. “People are standing up and fighting for their rights around the globe. It’s an important juncture we’re at—is anyone going to stand up? The Nightwatchman will stand up, and this is the soundtrack for that struggle.”
In an era of chaos and turmoil around the globe, the voice of the Nightwatchman is needed now more than ever. With so many artists all too willing to abdicate any position of protest and challenge, Tom Morello and the international concerns of his World Wide Rebel Songs offer essential tools for the social-justice struggles of today.
Tom Morello is a Grammy Award-winning guitarist best known for his tenure with the bands Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, his acoustic solo act, The Nightwatchman. Tom is also the cofounder of the nonprofit organization Axis of Justice. The Harvard educated guitarist was ranked #26 in Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and has sold over 30 million records.
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