Rage is back on stage

Rage Against the Machine is a band known by almost everyone. 

And that isn’t just because of their angry and aggressive approach to music, but also because of how politically outspoken they are.

With hits like “Bulls on Parade” and “Killing in the Name,” fans could already tell how vocal they were.  

One of their most infamous moments was at their performance at SNL in 1996. The show was hosted by Steve Forbes, a former candidate in 1996 and 2000 for the Republican party. 

To be a form of protest against Forbes, they were able to get two inverted American flags on stage before their performance. This was obviously extremely controversial and the SNL crew escorted them out.

When guitarist Tom Morello was asked about this, he said, “Our contention that American democracy is inverted when what passes for democracy is an electoral choice between two representatives of the privileged class. America’s freedom of expression is inverted when you’re free to say anything you want to say until it upsets a corporate sponsor. This was our way of expressing our opinion of the show’s host, Steve Forbes.” 

Rage Against the Machine also famously played performances at the Democratic Convention in 2000 and 2008. Recently there were rumors about Rage having a reunion.

“It all started when an Instagram account with the handle Rage Against the Machine shared a list of 2020 “reunion tour” dates,” according to Loudwire

It was later confirmed that the band is headlining this year’s annual Coachella music festival, April 10-12 and 17-19.

This is exciting for Rage fans for many reasons. One is that the last time the band had a reunion was in 2011, and has been on a break ever since. Morello stated earlier last year for the fans to not wait around. 

The band announced that they are going on tour and will be performing at Firefly Festival, Boston Calling, and Coachella. In March and April, the band will be going to El Paso, Las Cruces, and Phoenix. 

Along with the fact that they are a rock band, especially one that was only prevalent in the 1990s-2000s, this comback means a lot for the genre and aggressive music in some ways. 

While highly unlikely, a lot of fans are hoping that this could possibly mean a new album.