Why does Tom Morello black out the Marshall logo on his amp?

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  1. MemphisMarshallMan

    MemphisMarshallMan Active Member

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    Usually two reasons:
    Artists do that a lot because they are not getting paid to endorse a brand, but there is an implied endorsement when artist and equipment are seen together.

    TV and other visual broadcast shows sometimes require it if the gear manufacturer is not paying for the advertising they are getting by having their gear prominently displayed

    It all comes down to money
     
  2. 6550

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    As if no one knows it's a Marshall though.
    I'm going to go with poseur.
     
  3. RLW59

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    He's been using that amp since the beginning of RATM. Not that "model" of amp -- that actual amp. Haven't read any interviews lately, but up until a few years ago he claimed it still has the stock tubes and original filter caps, that it's never even had the back panel removed because he and his tech are afraid of messing with its mojo.

    So maybe the logo broke and they just put tape over it to keep the broken piece in place. To keep all the original mojo intact.
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    If it was just an aversion to implied endorsements, he could have pulled the logo off entirely.

    Bands that are forced to cover logos for TV appearances usually remove the tape as soon as the cameras stop filming. Leaving it permanently covered instead of just removing it suggests maybe it's not just politics.

    (Why not clear tape or glue if it's just to keep the pieces of the logo in place? Gaffers tape doesn't transfer glue residue so doesn't mess with the magic.)
     
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    A quick search shows his net worth to be around $35 million. Doesn't sound like he's living the lifestyle he endorses.
     
  5. ricksdisconnected

    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    no but hes living good with that bank.
     
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    Im247frogs Well-Known Member

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    35M? It's a good start but you can't live off that.
     
  7. RLW59

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    Rage was a huge band. Sold tens of millions of CDs, lots of radio play (royalties), many world tours. Slash's net worth is $90 million. It's likely that Morello has been paid $50~60 million.

    Not many stories about hookers and blow, yachts and Ferraris associated with Morello. So unless he's made a lot of bad investments, it's likely that he's given away a quarter to a half of his income.

    Socialists don't say you shouldn't keep anything. That's religious fanatics and communists. They just say that if you have more than enough, you should help the people that don't.
     
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    Trapland Running Into Walls Silver Supporting Member

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    It’s good enough for his signature sound, but he thinks he’s too good to give Marshall credit for it.

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    He freely admits in multiple videos that it is a Marshall, but also frankly admits he won’t “endorse” them because they don’t pay him.
     

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    The Dose of Harmony Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    There is video where he says that, if i find it i will post it!
     
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  10. Petejax1234

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    I’d love to know what year his amp is. I’m guessing maybe 85/86.
     
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  11. Crikey

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    Cool to know he plays the 2205. My tele thru my 2210 nails that tone.
     
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    cant really be mad about this.
     
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    He’s like all celebrity Marxists: he a lying hypocritical POS. And his music sucks.
     
  15. pulsonicsound

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    It’s his amp so he can do what he likes with it!
    I’ve removed logos for gigs, it’s not a big deal with touring bands.

    @Petejax1234 the Head is probably from ‘86

    I’ve had a few of those 100w and 50 w versions and the normal channel is where it’s at, crunch for days with a unique midrange thing going on. gives any of my mk2s a run for their money, not too keen on the Lead channel.
     
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  16. Phony iommi

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    You are correct. And Morello isn’t the only one who stands by his principles. Take this guy for example.....
     
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    Well, If I were Marshall I would tell a douche bag like that this: Well, if you didn't use our killer amps then you wouldn't have sold those records. Not endorsing you bud!
    Hey Slash and Yngwie, wanna make some dough!
     
  18. Solid State

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    He got ya'll's attention with it. Seems like blotting out a corporate amp's logo for all to see kind of fits the RATM image.
     
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  19. AlvisX

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    With Rage it's probably posing ...

    But it could be because Marshall didn't give any respect . Im not a Rage /2205 fan ,but they've been out there sellin a lotta records /shows for a quarter century .
    Marshall is kinda tight with the acknowledgement . A little support on the road is a valued thing

    Gibson used to dangle carrots in front of me,song n dance......
    I think all I ever got from them was a couple packs of strings . Meanwhile , ive seen em give guitars /amps to friends (some that ended up pawned) Support guys with loaners across the ponds
    Every Gibson I got , ( 20 or so) I paid for ,wheelin n dealin...so yeah , I might put a piece of red tape over their logo on TV or somethin
    Call it sour grapes or whatever
     
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