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Tom Morello releases protest song with Dan Reynolds, The Bloody Beetroots and Shea Diamond

By | Published on Friday 3 July 2020

Tom Morello

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello has released new protest song ‘Stand Up’. With lyrics focussed on racism and police brutality, the track features Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, producer the Bloody Beetroots and singer Shea Diamond.

“I grew up in the tiny lily white, archly conservative town of Libertyville, Illinois”, says Morello. “When I was a kid, someone hung a noose in my family‚Äôs garage, there was occasional N-word calling, etc, etc. On 6 Jun of this year, there was a Black Lives Matter rally and march in that same town that drew over 1000 people. It seems that the times, they are a-changin”.

“I was so inspired that night, I reached out to Dan from Imagine Dragons”, he goes on. “The Bloody Beetroots and I had conjured a slamming track and within 24 hours Dan had sent back a completed vocal. We got Shea Diamond, a black transgender woman with a long history of activism, on the track and the coalition was complete”.

Proceeds from the song will be donated to the NAACP, Know Your Rights Camp, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Marsha P Johnson Institute.

Watch the lyric video for ‘Stand Up’ here: