Rage Against The Machine’s Tim Commerford Announces New Band 7D7D And Signature Basses

Rage Against The Machine’s Tim Commerford has joined forces with Ernie Ball for a signature StingRay bass series. The instruments were designed in conjunction with Commerford and his new band 7D7D. You can find a promotional video for the basses below. Notably, the clip also includes footage of Commerford and his Rage Against The Machine bandmate Brad Wilk performing some of the band’s tracks.

Rage Against The Machine’s Brad Wilk Undergoes Knee Surgery

Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk was scheduled to undergo knee surgery earlier today (May 26). He said the following about that:

“Torn meniscus knee surgery going down today. Got a lot of hard notes outa this knee. 😵‍💫🥴”

Foo Fighters & Rage Against The Machine Set For 2022 Boston Calling Music Festival

Foo Fighters and Rage Against The Machine have been confirmed as the headliners for the 2022 Boston Calling Music Festival. That event will take place at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Boston, MA on May 27-29, 2022. The full lineup, which will feature over 60 artists including another headliner, will be revealed at a later date. Boston Calling Events, LLC (BCE) co-founder and chief executive officer Brian Appel commented:

“We couldn’t be happier to return in 2022 and deliver a full-scale festival with two of the world’s most celebrated rock bands as our headliners. We’ve spent the past year working on a festival that our fans can really look forward to, and we’re so excited to share more news and surprises as we get into next year.”

Watch Kids Cover Rage Against The Machine’s “Freedom”

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

Rage Against The Machine Postpone Reunion Tour To 2022

Rage Against The Machine have postponed their tour with Run The Jewels once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled for 2022.

Rage Against The Machine commented:

“The Rage Against The Machine tour will now start in the spring of 2022. Your tickets will be honored for the postponed shows. Refunds are available at the original point of purchase for 30 days if you are unable to make it to the new date. We will see you next year.”

2022 Tour Dates:

03/31 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
04/02 Las Cruces, NM – Pan American Center
04/04 Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
04/06 Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
04/26 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
04/28 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
04/30 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
05/02 Portland, OR – Moda Center
05/05 Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum at the PNE
05/07 Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
05/09 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
05/11 Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS Place
05/13 Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center
05/15 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
05/16 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
05/18 Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
05/20 St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
05/22 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
05/23 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
06/09 East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
07/11 Chicago, IL – United Center
07/12 Chicago, IL – United Center
07/15 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Bluesfest
07/16 Quebec City, QC – Festival d’ete de Quebec (no Run The Jewels)
07/19 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
07/21 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
07/23 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
07/25 Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
07/27 Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
07/29 Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
07/31 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
08/02 Washington DC – Capital One Arena
08/03 Washington DC – Capital One Arena
08/08 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08/09 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08/11 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08/12 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08/14 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

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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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.”