When Rage Against The Machine decides to go on tour again, it’s not just for the fun of returning to the hardcore rap-rock group of the ’90s. It’s also because these tireless protesters still have many reasons to be angry.
From the first concert of the tour public service announcementOn July 9, in Milwaukee, RATM, the headline address of the Dete de Quebec Festival, on Saturday evening, in the Plains of Abraham, targeted its enemies in 2022.
The message “Supreme Court Abortion” popped up on the giant screen, as Zach de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk ferociously concluded. freedomone of the songs that made them the standard bearers of an angry generation, more than a quarter of a century ago.
The anger is clearly still brewing.
This meeting was first scheduled for 2020, and appears to be aimed at balancing Donald Trump’s campaign to retain the White House.
The pandemic upended plans and Trump was defeated, but the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, who has allowed states to restrict or ban access to abortion, infuriated the Quartet, always ready to defend those left behind in society.
Resistance must prevail
In an interview he gave to registerIn 2016, virtuoso guitarist Tom Morello claimed that although RATM’s music is highly politicized, he had never considered putting his name on a ballot.
“You can’t get elected without raising big money and the money doesn’t come from the homeless. What’s good about a rock band is that you can say and do whatever you want. No lobbyist can influence us.”
Morello also said that it was normal for strong songs like Killing in the name of the people of the sun And the Guerrilla Radio They remain relevant despite the passage of years.
“As injustice always prevails, resistance to injustice must prevail. These songs still resonate because people are sick.”
James Brown of punk rock
Although long breaks are now widening for their tours (after breaking up in 2000, the band reformed in 2007 before stopping again until this year), the members of Rage Against The Machine haven’t completely lost touch.
Morello, Wilk and Comerford formed the bands Audioslave, with the late Chris Cornell, and Prophets of Rage, with B-Real and Chuck D, of Cypress Hill and Public Enemy respectively.
These projects were realized without singer Zac de la Rocha. Although they didn’t always go down the same paths, Tom Morello admitted to NME magazine that he had boundless admiration for his old partner.
“It’s the biggest front man Date. James Brown from punk rock. »
Unfortunately, de la Rocha may have to cool off his excitement on Saturday night due to an injury he sustained last Monday in Chicago, forcing him to sing while seated during RATM’s recent performances.
After waiting so long for this first visit to Quebec, festival-goers will welcome him, regardless of his condition. Is the Dave Grohl chair still available?
Rage Against the Machine, preceded by Vulgaires Machins and Alexisonfire, Saturday evening, 9:30 p.m., on the Plains of Abraham. Baby carriages are prohibited, passage is mandatory for all.
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