Rage Against the Machine performs its first concert in over a decade

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Rage Against the Machine kicked off their public service announcement tour with a concert in East Troy, Wisc. on Saturday, July 9, marking their first performance together in over a decade.

The band ripped through a 16-song set packed with classics, including “Bulls on Parade,” “Sleep Now in the Fire,” “Guerrilla Radio” and “Killing in the Name.” They also dusted off their cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad”, as well as a few songs that hadn’t been played live since 2008 (“Tire Me”, “Without a Face” and “War Within a Breath “). .

According rolling stone, the band did not address the crowd during the show, but they did include intense visuals on the screens behind them – including a burning El Paso police car and a group of refugees in a boat; at one point the words “Drop the Supreme Court” appeared.

The last time Rage Against the Machine took the stage together was July 30, 2011 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. From 2016 to 2019, three quarters of the band – guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk – formed Prophets of Rage alongside rappers Chuck D from Public Enemy and B-Real from Cypress Hlil. Meanwhile, singer Zack de la Rocha, the only member of Rage Against the Machine who did not participate in Prophets of Rage, sporadically contributed songs by other artists, including hip-hop duo Run the Jewels. , who is opening for Rage on the new tour. .

Rage Against the Machine originally planned to reunite for the Public Service Announcement Tour in 2020; however, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed back the start date twice. The first stage, which includes dates in the United States and Europe, is now expected to run through September. A second stage, entirely in North America, will begin in February 2023 and end in early April.

Watch Rage Against the Machine perform “Bombtrack” live

Watch Rage Against the Machine perform “Bulls on Parade” live

Watch Rage Against the Machine perform “Know Your Enemy” live

Rage Against the Machine, 07/09/22, Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy, Wis.

1. “Bombtrack”
2. “People of the Sun”
3. “Bulls on Parade”
4. “Bullet to the Head”
5. “Testify” (with the intro “Revolver”)
6. “Tire Me” (first time since 2008)
7. “Wake Up”
8. “Guerrilla Radio”
9. “Faceless” (First time live since 2008)
10. “Know Your Enemy”
11. “Calm as a Bomb”
12. “Now sleep in the fire”
13. “War Within a Breath” (First time live since 2008)
14. “The Ghost of Tom Joad” (Bruce Springsteen cover) (first broadcast since July 23, 2000)
15. “Freedom” (with Township Rebellion outro)
16. “Killing in the Name”

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