Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello seems to have shot down any chance of that band reuniting with singer Zack de la Rocha in the near future, according to a new interview with the Wall Street Journal. Morello, who’s now playing in Prophets Of Rage, explained, “There’s no Rage Against The Machine — right now, the burning embers of Rage Against The Machine, the cold embers, are now the burning fire of Prophets Of Rage. Where Rage Against The Machine lives is this summer in these songs that we are playing.”

Morello added, “We have nothing but the greatest love, and honor, and respect for Zack de la Rocha, the brilliant lyricist of Rage Against The Machine, who is working on his own music, which I’m sure will be fantastic. He’s a great artist in his own right, but where you are going to hear Rage Against The Machine, is in Prophets Of Rage.”

  • Morello also added that Prophets Of Rage plan to record a couple of songs prior to their summer tour, which kicks off on August 19th in Fairfax, Virginia.
  • The group, which also features Public Enemy‘s Chuck D and Cypress Hill‘s B-Real along with the instrumental members of Rage Against The Machine, will travel to Cleveland to “Make America Rage Again” during the Republican National Convention in July.
  • Prophets Of Rage made their live debut two weeks ago in Los Angeles, playing numbers from all three acts.


  • Do you think that Rage should reform instead of these guys doing Prophets Of Rage?
  • Does it sound like Zack is the one guy who doesn’t want to do a full-fledged Rage reunion?
  • Is Tom right when he says that Rage’s music will live on in Prophets Of Rage? Or can only the original band do justice to those songs?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Alternative Nation — agree or not?

Beefcake wrote: “I’m reminded of an old Chinese proverb (loose translation): ‘If a self-centered front man records a solo album that ultimately goes unreleased, does anybody give a s**t?'”

Jay wrote: “Zach has been working on his solo album for damn near 15 years. It’s never coming out.”

jonahkrautter wrote: “I wish Zack well, but don’t count on him coming out of hiding anytime soon. That’s just his way.”

Joe Costigan wrote: “When i grew up and realized what these idiots were all about I stopped listening to them.”