Rage Against the Machine is back! The Los Angeles California band has reunited after a 9 year-long hiatus. After much anticipation among their fans, the wait is finally over! Tour dates have been announced, and we hope new music follows.
Forming in 1991, the group consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk. Their music is revolutionary and fueled with political views that have pushed boundaries since the start. Through their music, they have crossed borders as advocates for humans rights, and have been a force within the “standing up for yourself” movement. It is the Rage of within this group that has brought controversy and a following of masses looking to do the same.
After De La Rocha’s departure for personal differences back in 2000, the band has reunited and toured together only a handful of times. They haven’t worked on any new music since their 1999 release of “The Battle of Los Angeles“. In 2016 emerged a new band, carrying the torch for their songs, helping them stay relevant. Sharing the same values – a new supergroup formed by Morello, Wilk, and Commerford, with Chuck D, DJ Lord of Public Enemy and B-Real of Cypress Hill, the Prophets of Rage was born.
Despite Morelo’s dedication to the band, during an interview with Rollingstone that same year, he made it very clear that Rage Against the Machine had not split up. He explained – ” We just do things our own way. Throughout our career, we never did what anyone wanted us to do. We never made the records people wanted us to make. We never played by the rules people wanted us to play by. And here we are, 25 years later, still a band. Clearly, that means something. And if we did ever play or make new music or anything, it would be a very big deal.”
Morello added – “Right now … the cold embers of Rage Against the Machine are now the burning fire of Prophets of Rage. Where Rage Against the Machine lives, is this summer in these songs that we are playing. And we have nothing but the greatest love and honor and respect for Zack de la Rocha, the brilliant lyricist of Rage Against the Machine, who is working on his own music, which I’m sure will be fantastic—he’s a great artist in his own right. But where you’re going to hear Rage Against the Machine is in Prophets of Rage.”
The band toured from 2016 to 2018 and played the songs of the three bands in which the members of this group participated in before. They released their first EP late 2016 which included two new songs “Prophets of Rage” and “The Party’s Over”, before releasing their first studio album, “Prophets of Rage” in late 2017. The album included the singles “Unfuck the World” and “Radical Eyes“. It debuted at number 16 on the United States Billboard 200 chart, selling over 21,000 copies in the nation in its first week.
But, in early November of 2019, it was reported that Rage Against the Machine was reuniting for their first shows in the spring of 2020 with special guest Run The Jewels. The flame that was once out, had been re-lit. Shortly after, Chuck D and B-Real confirmed that Prophets of Rage had disbanded. And although we truly enjoyed seeing Prophets of Rage grow, it was inevitable that one day Rage Against the Machine would come back together.
Morello had said back in 2007 – “I think that the one thing about the Rage catalog is that to me none of it feels dated. You know, it doesn’t feel at all like a nostalgia show. It feels like these are songs that were born and bred to be played now.” A statement that still stands true today and since our country is so politically divided right now, that there isn’t a better time to play those songs…It’s time to RAGE again! I guess now the question is, will we finally see new music from the group? We sure do hope so, but only time will tell. In the meantime…DO NOT MISS THIS TOUR! These shows have the capability to be the best of the new decade.
All proceeds from the first three shows at El Paso, Texas, Las Cruces, New Mexico and Glendale, Arizona – will go directly to immigrant rights organizations. In addition, portions from ticketing, volunteering, and donations will be given to several charities throughout the year.
Check out the video of one of our favorite songs from them, “Bulls On Parade” now!
Check out their full performance at Woodstock ’99 now!
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