Phil Labonte slams Tom Morello on the Wah pedal with a quote from Lenin
All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte slammed Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello on his Jim Dunlop wah pedal, which features a quote on the side that was coined by Russia’s first communist leader, Vladimir Lenin.
Earlier this week marked the 104th anniversary of the execution of the Romanov family, who had ruled Russia for three centuries. They were murdered by the Bolsheviks, who were led by Lenin and his communist regime. Labonte quoted a Twitter post regarding the historic event and wrote, “Communists are ontologically evil.
In his follow-up tweet, the All That Remains singer called out Morello for his Jim Dunlop Cry Baby Wah pedal, which features the quote “Sometimes history needs a boost.”
The description of the pedal on Dunlop’s website reads: “It features the aggressive, modern sound of the GCB95 – the exact pedal Tom has used on every album and tour throughout his career – with a polished finish. personalized with quotes chosen by Tom himself to highlight the fight for justice to which he has dedicated his art and his career.”
“The murder of this [Romanov] family was one of those pushes,” Labonte wrote with a photo of Morello’s Dunlop pedal.
“I wonder how much money Morello makes from the capitalist expropriation of workers from third world countries who make this pedal,” he continued.
See the series of tweets below.
Morello and the rest of Rage Against the Machine have never been shy about speaking their minds about social injustices – hence the band’s name. The guitarist has repeatedly spoken out against the band’s listeners who are baffled by his political expression, and recently said, “People who are offended by my politics on Twitter or Instagram, please know it’s because you don’t you weren’t smart enough to know what the music you’ve been listening to all these years was about.”
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