Widescreen: Grohl's Paramount+ show profiles Libertyville's raging Morello family

  • Tom and Mary Morello appear this week on "From Cradle to Stage."

    Tom and Mary Morello appear this week on "From Cradle to Stage." Courtesy of PARAMOUNT+/MTV

 
 
Posted6/3/2021 6:00 AM

Rage Against the Machine won't be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year, but they've already cemented a place in music history as a loud, creative voice of dissent.

And their biggest fan is a 97-year-old woman from Libertyville.

 

"Well, their politics were my politics," says Mary Morello -- her son Tom is the band's legendary guitarist -- in a trailer for this week's episode of "From Cradle to Stage," streaming now on Paramount+. The Morellos are the latest subjects in a series that profiles popular musicians and their mothers. The hosts? Virginia Grohl and her son Dave, whose band Foo Fighters will, in fact, enter the Rock Hall in October.

Tom and Mary Morello appear this week on "From Cradle to Stage."
Tom and Mary Morello appear this week on "From Cradle to Stage." - Courtesy of PARAMOUNT+/MTV

Rage Against the Machine has been a staple of rock radio for almost 30 years with songs such as "Killing in the Name Of," an angry protest against the culture of law enforcement. Mary Morello has joined her son in being outspoken, holding up a "Black Lives Matter" placard while standing next to Tom in a picture posted last year on Twitter. Illinois native Mary taught at Libertyville High School when Tom, whose father hailed from Kenya, was a student there.

If you want to hear more of their story, you can try Paramount+ for seven days. Go to paramountplus.com.

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Mary Morello chats with Virginia and Dave Grohl on this week's episode of "From Cradle to Stage."
Mary Morello chats with Virginia and Dave Grohl on this week's episode of "From Cradle to Stage." - Courtesy of PARAMOUNT+/MTV
And while you're there:

Other episodes in the Grohls' "From Cradle to Stage" series include chats with hip-hop mastermind Pharrell Williams and mom Carolyn; country singer Miranda Lambert and mom Bev; country singer Brandi Carlile and mom Teresa; and Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds and mom Christene.

Other offerings of interest from Paramount+

Every episode of every incarnation of "Star Trek" (avoid "Picard" at all costs, says this lifelong fan); "The Good Fight," a follow-up to the CBS smash "The Good Wife"; plenty of Nickelodeon shows for the kids; and, on June 10, a new, exclusive Mark Wahlberg sci-fi film directed by Antoine Fuqua called "Infinite."

• Sean Stangland is an assistant news editor. Follow him on Twitter at @SeanStanglandDH.

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