Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello Was Lollapalooza’s Saturday Pop-Up King

Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello Was Lollapalooza’s Saturday Pop-Up King

Early Saturday afternoon at Lollapalooza 2016, it was the distinct guitar skills of Tom Morello — who first stood on a Lolla stage 23 years ago as part of Rage Against the Machine — that sent the loudest roar up from the Samsung stage as he surprised X Ambassadors fans with a perfect solo (and a huge smile).

Chicagoland native Morello, who grew up in the suburb of Libertyville, was the latest in a string of hometown stars to pop-up at the festival’s 25th anniversary this weekend. Chance the RapperMichelle Williams, and Dwayne Wade (newly a Chicago Bull), have all appeared unexpectedly this weekend. But Saturday felt like Morello’s day, especially as the afternoon rolled on.