Despite rumors spreading across the Internet on Wednesday (May 18th) that Rage Against The Machine was planning to reunite, sources have told Billboard.com that the instrumental members of the band — guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk — have instead formed a new supergroup called Prophets Of Rage with Public Enemy‘s Chuck D. and Cypress Hill MC B-Real. The new outfit, which takes its name from a 1988 Public Enemy song, will make its live debut on June 3rd at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and will perform songs from all three acts.
- A show at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Hollywood is also planned, along with a possible summer tour. Rage frontman Zack de le Rocha is not involved.
- Fans began speculating that Rage would be reuniting when the group’s social media channels directed fans to a new website, ProphetsOfRage.com, that featured a countdown clock programmed to run out on June 1st. At the same time, posters began appearing around Los Angeles that read, “Clear the way for the Prophets of Rage. The Party’s Over. Summer 2016.”
- Rage Against The Machine has not played live since headlining its own L.A. Rising festival show in Los Angeles in the summer of 2011.
- Brad Wilk told us a while back that he had made peace with the possibility that Rage may never play together again: [“Well, as far as I know, we played our last show in 2011 at the Coliseum, and if that was our last show, that’s a good way to go out. I sort of had to put it in my head that that band is over in order for me to just move on with my life, to be honest with you, so that’s kind of where that lies. The Coliseum — awesome way to go out.”] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . to go out.)
- Rage recorded three original studio albums and one set of covers before breaking up in 2000. The group reformed in 2007 but only played sporadic gigs and never a full tour. All four members of the band have pursued individual projects in the meantime.
CHECK IT OUT: Visit that mysterious new site here and see below a photo of the posters showing up around Los Angeles:
- Were you excited for a few seconds about the possibility of a Rage reunion?
- Will a Rage-related new project create the same kind of buzz? What do you think of the lineup?
- Do you think this project is launching in part as a response to the crazy political climate this year?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
LetmeseewhatIcando wrote: “More idolizers of mass murdering communists. Loved their music as a teen before I realized how completely insane they were.”
citizen X wrote: “These guys rock! Can’t wait to hear their new stuff.”
David Robinson wrote: “Ugh. Please stay gone. I’ll never forget an issue of Rolling Stone from the mid-late 90’s where one girl had written that her favorite band was RATM and that she no longer bothered listening to her teachers in school and that she preferred to get all her information about the world from the band. I wept for our future.”
Daniel P Grossi wrote: “Band created for angry white kids in upper class areas that were wearing gap type clothes in the 90’s but were pissed off anyway. Sadly I was an angry kid but I dressed like crap and well wasn’t really that angry just ended up surrounding myself with folks like that. Thankfully I outgrew it.”
Ryan Haas wrote: “I’m willing to bet that a majority of their fanbase, from their heyday, grew up to be suburban conservatives once they realized you cant go around saying ‘f**k you i wont do what you tell me’ and expect to make a decent living.”