Tom Morello Drops New Protest Song ‘Stand Up’ Featuring Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds
Tom Morello has dropped a new Black Lives Matter protest song, titled “Stand Up,” featuring Imagine Dragons‘ Dan Reynolds.
The track also features artist/activist Shea Diamond and producer duo The Bloody Beetroots.
The Rage Against The Machine guitarist, who is also a political activist, said he was inspired by seeing a Black Lives Matter rally take place in his home town of Libertyville, Illinois.
“I grew up in the tiny lily white, archly conservative town of Libertyville, Illinois. When I was a kid, someone hung a noose in my family’s garage, there was occasional N-word calling, etc, etc,” Morello said. “On June 6 of this year, there was a Black Lives Matter rally and march in that same town that drew over 1,000 people.”
“It seems that the times, they are a’changin’. I was so inspired that night, I reached out to Dan from Imagine Dragons. 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,” he added.
Proceeds from “Stand Up” will benefit the NAACP, Know Your Rights Camp, Southern Poverty Law Center and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.
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