This guy knew something about Rage Against the Machine before anyone else did

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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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 “This guy knew something about Rage Against the Machine before anyone else did

  • October 23, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Great version of The Clash’s Clampdown near the end of this set !


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