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Sunday
Jan052014

Tom Morello Says Working with Bruce Springsteen on "High Hopes" Album Was a "Tremendous Honor"

Lloyd Bishop/NBCBruce Springsteen's upcoming 18th studio effort, High Hopes, features guitarist Tom Morello of the alternative-rock act Rage Against the Machine on a total of eight tracks.  Morello says he was thrilled to be able to contribute his guitar talents to so many songs on the release, as well as getting the chance to share vocals with the Boss.

"I played on [Springsteen's 2012 album] Wrecking Ball, but I'm playing a lot and singing on this one…duetting too," he tells Rolling Stone.  "I am a big Bruce Springsteen fan.  It's a tremendous honor to be able to collaborate in that way and to be asked to keep lending my guitar to songs is something I would have never dared to dream."

Morello, who also sat in for The E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt during Springsteen's Australian tour last March, says the original plan was for him to play on only one new song on High Hopes, but then the Boss kept inviting him back for more.  "Before the tour, I was sent the song 'American Skin (41 Shots)' to play guitar on," he explains.  "I did that in my home studio and Bruce seemed to like that very much.  Then they sent me a couple more songs to have a go at or to solo on."

You'll be able to check out Morello's work on High Hopes soon at CBS.com/Springsteen, where the entire album will be streaming from 10 p.m. ET tonight through January 13 at 7 p.m. ET.  In addition, three songs from High Hopes that feature Morello -- the title track, "Hunter of Invisible Game" and "The Ghost of Tom Joad" -- will be featured in the January 12 installment of CBS' The Good Wife.

High Hopes hits stores on January 14.

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