Rage Against The Machine has announced that the band will reunite for a number of shows in early 2020, including an appearance at next year’s Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival in Indio, California.
Aside from performing at Coachella on April 10th and 17th, the political rockers will also appear in El Paso, Texas on March 26th, Las Cruces, New Mexico on March 28th and Phoenix on March 30th. Sources say that more shows are being planned as well.
The news of the reunion broke early Friday morning (November 1st) when an Instagram account with the handle “rageagainstthemachine” shared a list of 2020 dates. Although industry sources confirm that the dates are legitimate, none of the members of the quartet itself have addressed the news at press time.
Rage Against The Machine last played together in 2011 at the L.A. Rising festival in Los Angeles. During the break, Rage guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk pursued other projects before teaming up again, along with Public Enemy‘s Chuck D. and Cypress Hill‘s B-Real, in Prophets Of Rage. That band is now officially over in the wake of the Rage reunion, according to posts by both MCs.
We asked Morello a while back why Rage hasn’t performed more often: [“It’s a band that’s pretty mercurial. Like migratory animals, you know, when some instinctive drive propels us, that is when the band acts.”] SOUNDCUE (:07 OC: . . . the band acts.)
Rage frontman Zack de la Rocha, meanwhile, has all but disappeared from public view, with occasional rumors of a long-awaited solo album amounting to nothing.