On May 2nd, non-profit music education program Music Will (formerly Little Kids Rock) threw their 15th annual benefit in Los Angeles at The Novo. Among the night's honorees was Rage Against the Machine guitar innovator Tom Morello, who was presented with the Music Will Humanitarian Award by his friend and fellow musical instigator Chuck D of Public Enemy.
Maybe even cooler, Morello was treated to a performance of one of his band's songs — none other than the incendiary protest anthem "Killing in the Name" — by students of Verdugo Hills High School. Specifically, the school's band Alibi covered the song, and had great fun time doing so. It isn't the tightest rendition you'll ever see, and the polite rewording of the climactic "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me" chant is pretty funny, but it can't be easy playing a Rage song in front of Morello himself, and as seen in the video above, the guitar hero was clearly won over, delivering a standing ovation at the end.
For more info on Music Will, visit musicwill.org. As for Morello, the honors keep rolling in — next up for him, getting inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with his RATM bandmates in November.