UPDATE: Is Rage Against the Machine Launching a Comeback? Not Exactly

UPDATE: It’s not a Rage comeback. It’s more–and less. This is a whole new group

Three-quarters of Rage (which is to say no Zach De La Rocha, who seems destined to be a perpetual roadblock in the band’s story) have been spliced together with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and B-Real of Cypress Hill to created a supergroup called–you guessed it–Prophets of Rage.

The group will make its live debut in LA on June 3 and a full summer tour is being considered. Given the current political and social environment in the US, they have plenty to rage about.

Here’s the original story.

The possibility of President Donald Trump. Wall Street criminals who go unpunished. Black Lives Matter. The growing wage gap between the rich and poor. Corrupt governments. Voter apathy. Terrorism. The refugee crisis.

The world has never need Rage Against the Machine as it does now. The problem is they haven’t appeared anywhere since 2011. Many have given up hope.

But as if answering some unseen Bat Signal, it’s possible that Rage might be ready to kick some ass. What clues lie in these #TakeThePowerBack posters popping up in Los Angeles?

And there’s this new website, Prophets of Rage.

Rage Website

I’ll save you from doing the math. The countdown is set to reach zero at the end of the month. Then what?

Below the countdown clock is a place to enter your email address. Do that and within seconds you’ll get a message in your inbox that reads

Rage Reply copy

Whoa. Wouldn’t it be cool if Rage were planning a gig in conjunction with the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in June? Whoa again.

But hang on. Prophets of Rage is the name of an actual Rage tribute band. Maybe they have some graphic design/coder friends looking to hype things up in the absence of the real thing. And then there’s a Public Enemy song by the name. And “Take the power back” isn’t too far from “Fight the Power.” Could this be a PE thing?

I guess we’ll find out at the end of the month, won’t we?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “UPDATE: Is Rage Against the Machine Launching a Comeback? Not Exactly

  • May 19, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I saw RATM at Coachella ’07 and they were amazing. It is so disappointing that the reunion fizzled out so quickly.


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