As previously reported, Rage Against The Machine recently cancelled their European/UK tour due to the leg injury that Zack De La Rocha sustained during their July 11 show in Chicago, IL. At the time, it was unclear what type of injury the vocalist was suffering from, but photographer Glen E. Friedman has since revealed that he tore his Achilles.
Friedman said the following:
“RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE at Roseland in NYC circa 1996.
Before i review for you the story of the 1st image, i want you to know that i am posting this today because I went to see my good friend Zack (with his torn Achilles) perform last night at Madison Square Garden, one of the most hallowed venues in the modern world. RATM sold out FIVE nights. Even having to sit during the performance Zack De La Rocha showed the world what they had been missing in all the years he had been away from this incredible group of musicians. Zack “brought it” like few other ever have or ever could. Integrity, and heart, the touchstones of the most important and greatest. I had a great fucking time and was going off like a spoiled child up in front of the barricades because that’s how i’m used to it, being close and feeling it and letting it go through and move me.
I was inspired! Even used my iPhone to a make a few shots & video clips, i’ll add them here when you swipe left. I think i may even go back with some film and shoot OG style tonight, problem is the size of the venue and stage, for me, takes away the intimacy of closeness i usually go for, and the inconsistent lighting can be more than challenging when you go all analog/manual like I do. Maybe one day i’ll figure out how to use one of those digital cameras 🤷🏽♂️
So back to the story of my fave RATM image i made.
My old friend, and drummer for Suicidal Tendencies, Beastie Boys, among others, Amery “AWOL” Smith was working with RATM and invited me to come down and meet them during a 3 night stint at the world famous Roseland Ballroom. i went down the first night just to see 👀 and hear👂🏽them… of course i was blown away and came back the next night and made some photographs. By this time i had already decided i was not generally using a flash any longer so there are risks involved concerning lighting, but i still had fun being on stage with them and i made this one great image. I love it and it’s also in my book “THE IDEALIST – In My Eyes 25 years” it’s a book of my aesthetic, art and politics,
#RATM #RAGE #RageAgainstTheMachine #BullsOnParade #ZackDeLaRocha #Radical #Progressive #Roseland #35mmFilm #TheIdealist”