Tom Morello to Receive 2024 Woody Guthrie Prize

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who turns 60 years old today (May 30th), has been announced as the recipient of the 2024 Woody Guthrie Prize.

The ceremony will take place September 25th at the Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and will include a Q&A with Morello, as well as an acoustic performance. Tickets and VIP packages go on sale June 3rd at 10 a.m. CT via the Woody Guthrie Center website.

Per a press announcement, “This prestigious award recognizes Morello’s outstanding contributions to music and activism, embodying the spirit of Woody Guthrie’s social consciousness and musical legacy.”

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Morello himself stated, “Woody Guthrie was a fearless agitator, a six string instigator, a poetic truth teller and a harmonizing hell raiser. He was the original punk rocker whose life, music, art and lyrics were beacons of justice and liberation for the downtrodden and oppressed. In my own work Woody has been an inspiration to tell it like I see it without compromise or apology and to play my songs (and his songs) on the picket line and at the barricade whenever and wherever people are taking a stand.”


Previous Woody Guthrie Prize recipients include Pussy Riot, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Chuck D, and John Mellencamp.

Prior to the ceremony, Morello will hit the UK and Europe for a run of solo concerts and festival gigs in June and July. He’ll also play the Louder Than Life and Aftershock festivals in the States this fall. Pick up tickets to his upcoming shows here.

Tom Morello 2024 Tour Dates:
06/12 – Belfast, IE @ Belsonic Festival
06/13 – Camden, UK @ Electric Ballroom
06/15 – Derby, UK @ Download Festival
06/16 – Paris, FR @ Accor Arena
06/18 – Tilburg, NL @ O13
06/20 – Copenhagen, DK @ Copenhell Festival
06/22 – Grenchen, CH @ Summerside
06/23 – Maxeville, FR @ Heavy Weekend
06/26 – Köln, DE @ Live Music Hall
06/28 – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
07/01 – Budapest, HU @ Budapest Park
07/03 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival
07/05 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/06 – Lucca, IT @ Lucca Summer Festival
07/08 – Villafranca Di Verona, IT @ Castello Scaligero
07/10 – Turin, IT @ OGR Torino
07/12 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
07/14 – Novi Sad, RS @ EXIT Festival
07/16 – Pireas, GR @ Peace and Friendship Stadium
07/18 – Casa Do Infantado, PT @ Super Bock Super Rock
09/25 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom (Woody Guthrie Prize ceremony)
09/27 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life
10/13 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock