When Rage Against The Machine decides to tour again, it’s not just for the joy of diving back into their powerful 1990s rap-rock repertoire, but also because these tireless protesters still have plenty of reasons to be angry.
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From the first concert of the tour Public Service NoticeJuly 9, in Milwaukee, RATM, headlining the Festival d’été de Québec, Saturday night, on the Plains of Abraham, took aim at its enemies of 2022.
The message “Abort the Supreme Court” appeared on the giant screen, while Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk closed with savagery freedomone of the songs that made them the standard-bearers of an angry generation more than a quarter of a century ago.
Anger is obviously brewing.
This meeting, originally scheduled for 2020, appeared to be a counterbalance to Donald Trump’s campaign to keep the White House.
A pandemic turned plans upside down and Trump was defeated, but the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade allowing states to restrict or ban access to abortion angered the quartet, who have always stood ready to defend those left behind in society.
Resistance must prevail
In an interview he admitted protocolin 2016, virtuoso guitarist Tom Morello claimed that despite the highly politicized nature of RATM’s music, he never considered putting his name on a ballot.
“You can’t get elected without raising a lot of money, and the money doesn’t come from the homeless. The good thing about a rock band is that you can say and do whatever you want. No lobbyist can influence us. »
Morello also said it’s normal for punchy songs like Kill in the name, people of the sun and Guerrilla Radio remain relevant over the years.
“Since injustice always prevails, resistance to injustice must prevail. Those songs still resonate because people are sick. »
“The James Brown of Punk Rock”
Though their touring has now been marked by lengthy hiatuses (after breaking up in 2000, the band re-formed in 2007 before going on hiatus again until this year), the members of Rage Against The Machine never quite lost touch.
Morello, Wilk and Commerford formed the bands Audioslave with the late Chris Cornell and Prophets of Rage with B-Real and Chuck D of Cypress Hill and Public Enemy respectively.
These projects were realized without the singer Zack de la Rocha. Although they haven’t always walked the same paths, Tom Morello admitted to NME magazine that he has boundless admiration for his old accomplice.
“That’s the biggest thing frontman From the story. The James Brown of punk rock. »
Unfortunately, de la Rocha could be forced to dampen his enthusiasm on Saturday night due to an injury he sustained in Chicago last Monday that forced him to sing while seated during the final performances of RATM.
After waiting so long for this first visit to Quebec, festival-goers will welcome him regardless of his condition. Is the Dave Grohl chair still available?
Rage Against The Machine, preceded by Vulgaires Machins and Alexisonfire, Saturday night 9:30pm on the Plains of Abraham. Strollers forbidden, compulsory passage for everyone.