In a pairing that makes more sense politically than musically, former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello will be replacing Steven “Silvio Dante” Van Zandt on Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming tour of Australia. Via Ultimate Classic Rock:

Morello appeared on two tracks on Springsteen’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ album and has sat in with the E Street Band on many occasions over the past five years, including an appearance on NBC’s ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon‘ and two nights at Wrigley Field in Morello’s hometown of Chicago. Morello will also honor Springsteen at the 2013 MusiCares benefit next month. The lineup also includes Sting, Jackson Browne and gospel/soul legend Mavis Staples.

Van Zandt will be in Norway filming the second season of ‘Lillyhammer,’ in which he stars as an American mobster living in Norway. He will re-join the E Street Band when the band begins its European tour on April 29 in – not coincidentally – Oslo.

That said, it does make more sense than Morello taking over for Van Zandt on any potential Sopranos reunions.

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