Let’s go back to October 23, 1991, when a new band called Rage Against the Machine played their very first gig. It wasn’t anything fancy–just an open stage at the University of California campus in Northridge.
They ran through a 52 minute set featuring mostly songs that would end up on their debut record almost a year later. Some were not quite finished (as you’ll see with the performance of “Killing in the Name”) but there was no doubt that whatever was happening on that tiny stage had power. It just took a while for someone to figure it out.
Here’s that performance. If you want to fast-forward to about 19:30, you’ll the first-ever person to lose their shit to Rage in a one-man mosh pit.
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