Tom Morello’s Guitar Revolution Camp Comes to Newport Beach!

Maestro Morello. Photo by Sugawolf

Ever wanted to learn how to turn a guitar into a turntable by approximating the sound of scratching with a kill switch technique? How about manipulating feedback from an amp to summon melodic Morse code madness? Or mastering the art of conjuring up thunderous Drop-D riffs?

Fret not (see what we did there). Prophets of Rage guitarist Tom Morello is opening registration for his first-ever Guitar Revolution four-day camp in Newport Beach!

“I’m excited about getting up close and personal with the attendees,” says Morello in a statement. “I’ll be dissecting my rig, technique, and philosophy, jamming and shredding face to face with the attendees as well as with the incredible players who have signed up to rock with us.”

The announcement came Friday with registration now open to all who are interested. The camp takes place early next year starting on January 2 at the Fashion Island Hotel. It’s designed for guitar players of all skill sets and aspirations. Morello’s also inviting special guest guitarists to be part of the program including MC5’s Wayne Kramer and Rob Zombie’s John 5.

A complete camp itinerary is due in the Fall, but for the time being the guitar hero is promising pupils interactive songwriting lessons, jam sessions, studio recordings and personal instruction time with him. The four-day lessons don’t come cheap. The lowest price package, including room and board at Fashion Island Hotel, starts at $1,999.

The Weekly awaits word from Dream Catcher Events if the price is more affordable for locals not needing lodging, but if guitarists register before July 15, they’re definitely eligible for a 10 percent discount.

And with Morello being activist-minded, the first 100 people to register will have Fender donate a guitar in their name to support both music education initiatives in California’s schools and Kramer’s own Jail Guitar Doors prison rehabilitation programs. Morello’s also teaming with local nonprofits that work with musicians who otherwise couldn’t afford camp in offering scholarships.

Now do what Morello tells ya at his school of rock next year and amp up the revolution!

Gabriel San Román is from Anacrime. He’s a journalist, subversive historian and the tallest Mexican in OC. He also once stood falsely accused of writing articles on Turkish politics in exchange for free food from DönerG’s!

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