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Tom Morello's Occupy SXSW Shut Down By Cops


Tom Morello turned his SXSW performance at Austin, Texas' Swan Dive into an Occupy SXSW event on March 16, prompting local police to shut it down.

The show began as a badge-holder only event, but Morello extended the invitation to all when he moved it to an outside stage, announcing:

"I'm the pied piper of folk rock. I'm going to walk outside . . . follow my guitar."

He continued to lead the crowd in a chorus as police shut down the event.

"Frankly, I play a lot of shows like that, that are very unscripted. Whether it's with the Occupy movement or with different activist-oriented events. There's very little planning, there's often no PA, and the cops often pull the plug. It was a very inspiring night," he later explained.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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