Rage Against The Machine & The Ummah Chroma Examine “The Fiction Known As Whiteness” In New Short Film “Killing In Thy Name”

Rage Against The Machine have teamed up with The Ummah Chroma for a new short film called “Killing In Thy Name.” The following was said about that:

“The following is a document of true events. Our aim is for this piece to be a fire escape from the fiction known as whiteness and a spring for discovery. Remember, the children are always watching.”

Rage Against The Machine Release “The Battle Of Mexico City” On Streaming Services

Rage Against The Machine’s 2001 live release, “The Battle Of Mexico City,” is now available on streaming services. That effort features the band’s October 28, 1999 set at Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico.

“The Battle Of Mexico City” Track Listing:

01. “Testify”
02. “Guerrilla Radio”
03. “People Of The Sun”
04. “Calm Like A Bomb”
05. “Sleep Now In The Fire”
06. “Born Of A Broken Man”
07. “Bombtrack”
08. “Know Your Enemy”
09. “No Shelter”
10. “War Within A Breath”
11. “Bulls On Parade”
12. “Killing In The Name”
13. “Zapata’s Blood”
14. “Freedom”
15. “Township Rebellion”

Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello Offers To Give Hater A Guitar If He Can Play “Know Your Enemy” While Drunk

A hater recently referred to Rage Against The Machine as punks and communists and even went as far as claiming that he can play Tom Morello’s parts while “piss drunk on [his] back.” The guitarist then fired back by offering him a “Trump Rules” guitar if he can successfully play “the Know Your Enemy solo note perfect in this inebriated prone position.” Humorously, the man appears to have since deleted his account.

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[via The PRP]

Watch Kids Cover Rage Against The Machine’s “Bulls On Parade”

The O’Keefe Music Foundation has shared a music video featuring kids between the ages of 10 and 17 performing a cover of Rage Against The Machine’s “Bulls On Parade.” You can watch that below:

Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello Discusses The Origins Of “Killing In The Name”

During a recent appearance on Rolling Stone Music Now, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello discussed the origins of the band’s legendary protest song “Killing In The Name.“ That track has been coming up a lot lately as protesters continue to take to the streets to fight against systemic racism and police brutality.

Morello said the following:

“‘Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me’ is a universal sentiment. While it’s a simple lyric, I think it’s one of [Zack de la Rocha’s] most brilliant. And to me, it relates to Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass said, the moment he became free was not the moment that he was physically loosed from his bonds. It was the moment when master said, ‘Yes.’ And he said, ‘No.’ And that’s the essence of “Fuck you, I will not do what you tell me.” And that’s why it’s encouraging to hear it shouted at the Fed goons who are shooting tear gas at American citizens.”

“I was teaching guitar lesson to an accomplished local scenester musician and was showing them how to play drop-D [tuning]. Maynard Keenan of Tool had taught me how to do drop-D. I was actually playing bass at the time, a crappy Ibanez bass. And I was like, ‘When you play drop-D tuning, it just sort of suggests different patterns to your fingers.’ And the first pattern I played was that riff. I said, hold on one sec, and got my little Radio Shack recorder and recorded that.

And then it was originally an instrumental. There’s a Rage Against the Machine video from Cal State Northridge – which is our first public performance – where we open the show with an instrumental version of ‘Killing In The Name’ and Timmy [Commerford], I think, came up with hat really cool [bass riff]. [Brad Wilk’s] crowd-bouncing beat is there from the very, very beginning.

And then Zack laced it with the historic lyrics. We actually left the lyrics off of the lyric sheet of the first record, because it’s I think it’s two lines, 16 ‘fuck yous,’ and one ‘motherfucker.’ And we’re like, in the midst of all this grand political poetry, let’s just that one stand for itself.

The dunna-dunt [before de la Rocha raps, ‘and now you do what they told ya’] that was an important part! I remember our A&R guy, Michael Goldstone, who’s a genius. He’s got Pearl Jam. He was really the fifth Beatle early on. He was a great help, but he wanted us to take that part out of the song.

I think he heard ‘hit single, as long as he doesn’t have that crazy part where it just stops a lot!’ That was a bit of a lift from Zeppelin’s ‘Good times, Bad Times,’ that part. We’ve felt pretty confident that needs to stay in the song, and I think history has borne that out.”

Tom Morello Gives 10-Year-Old Musician His Signature Guitar After Her Rage Against The Machine Cover Goes Viral

A 10-year-old musician named Nandi Bushell has become a viral sensation due to her various rock/metal covers. One of those tracks was a cover of Rage Against The Machine‘s “Guerilla Radio,“ which she performed in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. That clip caught the attention of Tom Morello, who decided to give Bushell his signature “Soul Power” Fender Stratocaster.

DJ Skarface Shares Rage Against The Machine & Run The Jewels Mashup Mixtape

DJ Skarface has released a Rage Against The Machine and Run The Jewels mashup mixtape titled “Rage The Jewels.” You can check that out below. Notably, Run The Jewels‘ El-P recently commented on the effort himself:

Rage Against The Machine’s Albums Return To The Charts

As protesters continue to take to the streets to fight against systemic racism and police brutality, Rage Against The Machine have returned to the charts as part of the soundtrack to the revolution. The band’s self-titled debut album re-entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 174 and it also hit No. 8 on the iTunes Top Albums chart. On top of that, “Evil Empire“ hit No. 35 on the iTunes charts, while “The Battle Of Los Angeles” hit No. 41.

[via The PRP]

Rage Against The Machine Reschedule Reunion Tour For 2021

Rage Against The Machine have announced the rescheduled dates for their tour with Run The Jewels. The trek was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rage Against The Machine commented:

“Rage Against The Machine will commence our tour at such a time when we are confident it will be safe for our fans. The rerouted dates (health and safety permitting) are at ratm.com and your tickets will be honored for the postponed shows.

During this difficult time we also respect the fans who want their ticket money back. We’ve requested and confirmed that, as of this weekend, anyone who wants a refund can begin the process at your point of purchase.

We sincerely hope that each one of you and your families and friends stay safe and well and that music is bringing you solace and inspiration.

We look forward to seeing you.”

Tour Dates:

06/03/21 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
06/05/21 Las Cruces, NM – Pan American Center
06/07/21 Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
06/08/21 Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
06/11/21 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
06/12/21 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
06/15/21 Portland, OR – Moda Center
06/17/21 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
06/19/21 Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum at the PNE
06/21/21 Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
06/23/21 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
06/25/21 Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS Place
07/02/21 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
07/03/21 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
07/05/21 Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center
07/07/21 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
07/09/21 St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
07/10/21 East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
07/12/21 Chicago, IL – United Center
07/13/21 Chicago, IL – United Center
07/16/21 Ottawa ON – Ottawa Bluesfest
07/20/21 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
07/22/21 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
07/23/21 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
07/26/21 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
07/27/21 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
07/29/21 Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
08/06/21 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08/07/21 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08/09/21 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08/10/21 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08/12/21 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08/14/21 Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
08/15/21 Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
08/17/21 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
08/19/21 Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
08/20/21 Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

Rage Against The Machine Postpone First Leg Of 2020 Tour

Rage Against The Machine have postponed the first leg of their 2020 tour with Run The Jewels due to the coronavirus pandemic. This includes all dates between March 26 and May 20. The shows will be rescheduled for later this year.

The band commented:


Due to the current outbreak and ban on public gatherings we are postponing the first part of our tour (March 26th-May 20th) with Run the Jewels. The safety and health of those who come to our shows is of utmost importance to us. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for newly scheduled shows. As it stands, the July and August tour is still on. We will be in touch soon about rescheduled dates.”

Here’s the group’s remaining dates:

05/23 Boston, MA – Boston Calling
06/19 Dover, DE – Firefly
07/10 East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
07/11 East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
07/13 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
07/15 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Aren
07/17 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Bluesfest
07/18 Quebec City, QC – Festival d’Été de Québec (no Run The Jewels)
07/21 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre (no Run The Jewels)
07/23 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
07/25 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
07/27 Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
07/29 Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
07/31 Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
08/02 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
08/04 Washington DC – Capital One Arena
08/05 Washington, DC – Capitol One Arena
08/07 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
08/10 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08/11 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08/13 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08/14 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08/17 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08/28 Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
08/30 Reading, UK – Reading Festival
09/01 Paris, France – Rock En Seine Festival
09/04 Stradbally Laois, Ireland – Electric Picnic Festival
09/06 Berlin, Germany – Lollapalooza Berlin Festival
09/08 Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena
09/10 Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena
09/12 Vienna, AUT – Stadthalle