Rage Against The Machine Announce 2020 Reunion Shows

UPDATE: Rage Against The Machine’s Instagram account has since been verified and Consequence Of Sound are reporting that more shows are being planned.

Original Story:

Rage Against The Machine have announced some 2020 reunion shows. The news was initially posted on an unverified Instagram account, but Forbes are reporting that “Wayne Kamemoto, a longtime associate of the band, just said, ‘The band’s social media is accurate.'” On top of that, actress/musician Juliette Lewis, who is dating drummer Brad Wilk, liked the original post and also reportedly confirmed the news to a fan page. Here’s the dates:

03/26 – El Paso, TX
03/28 – Las Cruces, NM⠀⠀⠀
03/30 – Phoenix, AZ⠀
04/10 – Indio, CA (Coachella)⠀⠀⠀⠀
04/17 – Indio, CA (Coachella)

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[Post edited at 1:36pm EST] THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Rage Against the Machine announced five shows for 2020 on their new instagram: @rageagainstthemachine on Novemver 1st, around midnight eastern time! Sources close to RATM have confirmed that this is true. Again, THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Here are RATM’s 2020 concert dates listed on their Instagram post: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ El Paso, TX March 26, 2020 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Las Cruces, NM March 28, 2020 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Phoenix, AZ March 30, 2020 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Indio, CA April 10, 2020 (Coachella) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Indio, CA April 17, 2020 (Coachella) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I never thought I would get to type those words, I am shaking and crying at 6am. As more information is released, you can trust me to keep you all updated ASAP!!!! ❤️ #RATM #rageagainstthemachine #rage #keepragealive #tommorello #zackdelarocha #zdlr #bradwilk #timcommerford

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Tom Morello: “Don’t Wait Around For Rage Against The Machine”

During a recent interview with HardDrive Radio’s Lou Brutus, Tom Morello was asked about the status of Rage Against The Machine. The guitarist responded with the following:

“There’s no news on the RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE front. The times demand people standing up. That’s what I’m doing with my stuff, what PROPHETS OF RAGE is doing. Don’t wait around for RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. Form your own band and get it done.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine, Prophets Of Rage) Discusses Living With Type 1 Diabetes

Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine, Prophets Of Rage) recently shared an Instagram post in which he discusses living with Type 1 Diabetes. You can check out that post below. Wilk was diagnosed with the disease in 1997.

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I’ve been a Type 1 diabetic for almost 20 years now. Not gonna lie it’s a real shitty but manageable disease. It’s very different than Type 2 diabetes in that it has more to do with genetics and or environment. But fact is if you want good control (or to cure your type 2!), it all starts with Diet and exercise. Anyone living with this disease, know that you don’t have to let it control your life. You need to control the disease. I’ve been living my life and traveling around the world for 20 years with it. Don’t let this disease stop you from doing the things you wanna do. Unless you want to enter a pie eating contest. I’d say skip that 💩!!! 🤪✌️ Shout out to @jordanfperform for keepin me in line! #fuckyoutodiabetes #fucksugar

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Rage Against The Machine’s Catalog To Be Reissued On Vinyl This Month

Rage Against The Machine’s self-titled album, “Evil Empire“, “The Battle Of Los Angeles“, “Renegades”, and “Live At The Grand Olympic Auditorium” are all set to receive new 180 gram vinyl pressings. Those will be available on September 28 and pre-orders can be found HERE.

Tom Morello Explains Why Rage Against The Machine Initially Fell Apart

Tom Morello recently guested on Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich‘s Beats 1 Radio show “It’s Electric” to talk about his new solo album “The Atlas Underground.” Aside from that, he also talked about Rage Against The Machine and why they initially fell apart back in 2000.

Morello said the following:

“I’ll put myself first and foremost. “It was a lack of emotional maturity in being able to deal with each other as people. We had political vision and the shows never suffered, but we just couldn’t agree on stuff and that sort of unearthed feelings that made it hard to make records. I think there were competing visions of what Rage was supposed to be and competing feelings about what it was like to be in the band that we didn’t deal with.”

He also added:

“My version of the band was let’s make a record every six months. Let’s be the political Led Zeppelin and let’s overthrow the government and make the best records anyone ever did … by Wednesday, go, go!”

He later continued:

“My glass half full version is that for a band that had extremely combustible elements, to be able to have made four records and to be able to have played the shows that we did, I think it’s a miracle.”

He also offered an explanation as to why there was never a full on reunion, despite the fact that the band regrouped in 2007 and toured for a bit:

“We got together in 2007 and we had a great time. We had fun onstage, offstage, playing ping pong, going out, to me it felt like there was a lot of camaraderie, but one of the things we kind of helped that and took off the table was everything that had been controversial before—writing music, doing interviews, having a manager—we’re just not going to do that stuff. We’re just going to play shows and have a nice time and be able to look each other in the eye and have a nice time and not be anything that had stirred controversy in the past.”

[via Loudwire]

Rage Against The Machine Send Cease And Desist Letter To Nigel Farage Over His “Farage Against The Machine” Podcast

Rage Against The Machine had their attorney Howard King send a cease and desist letter to UK right wing politician Nigel Farage to get him to change the name of his podcast “Farage Against The Machine.” The Blast got ahold of the letter and it says the podcast “brazenly and unlawfully exploits our client’s name and logo” and that “implication of any endorsement by our client of you or your policies is particularly abhorrent.” It goes on to say “RATM has publicly denounced the type of right-wing ideology you espouse for decades; in fact, that has been an integral part of the band’s identity and purpose.” The following was also added: “Your anti-immigrant rhetoric, lack of social compassion and barely disguised racism and xenophobia are the antithesis of what RATM stands for. Stop using RATM’s name and logo, change the name of your podcast and find some other target to troll. We suggest President Trump.”

Brad Wilk Says “Nothing Would Make [Him] Happier Than To Be Able To Fuck Shit Up Right Now With Rage Against The Machine”

Prophets Of Rage are still going strong at the moment, but fans are still awaiting a proper Rage Against The Machine reunion, and it seems they’re not alone. During a chat with Dean Del Ray on his “Let There Be Talk” podcast, drummer Brad Wilk also expressed a desire to bring the band back to active duty.

Wilk said the following:

“Nothing would make me happier than to be able to fuck shit up right now with Rage Against the Machine. It’s just really a matter of getting us all on the same page.”

He then had the following to say when asked why the band haven’t returned:

“It’s always been something different. It’s always been somebody different. It’s always something. For us, it’s kind of like the magnet theory. One magnet is always being pushed out. You’ve just got to get all of the magnets to stick together for a minute, and that’s always been our problem. I feel like a politician right now because I’m kind of skipping specifics, but that’s just kind of the best way I can answer it.”

He also added:

“If [a reunion] will happen again or not, I have no idea, but I know at least the four of us are amicable and can talk to each other, and actually even go hang out on occasion, so I think more we just want to be friends first more than anything.”

[via Loudwire]