It’s been two years since their presence in Quebec was announced and it was finally Saturday night when Rage Against the Machine took the stage at FEQ. We have been there. It was perfect.
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Before Rage Against the Machine came around, the equally impressive Alexisonfire popped up off the Plains. And even earlier, it was the group Vulgaires Machins that entertained the FEQ festival-goers.
It’s been ten years since the Granby rockers have performed on a Quebec stage. For their “first and last show of the summer,” the musicians were spoiled in crowded Plains as they opened for Alexisonfire and Rage Against the Machine. It was pleasant to see these Quebec musicians occupying this venue of choice.
Their assertive but literal lyrics, backed by their catchy melodies, provided satisfying entertainment as festival-goers poured into the main festival site in their thousands. The training has experience and you can feel that.
“Holy fucking shit,” we could read on the lips of George Pettit, the group’s comeur, as he walked onto the stage and recognized the crowd that awaited him.
Dressed in beige overalls, crazy-looking, his long hair often hiding his face, he gave a truly stunning vocal performance. Next to him on the second mic, Dallas Green, hair longer than usual, without glasses, wearing an Alice on Chains sweater on the back, was also notable. The two charismatic musicians, accompanied by their henchmen including the equally charismatic Wade McNeil (vocals and guitar), unleashed a frenzy on the Plains.
The perfect combination of their two singing styles, their energies (Dallas, the silent force, George, the unleashed) is fantastic to watch in concert.
Alexisonfire featured classic songs from his repertoire as well as new tracks from his amazing latest album, Be different, published just a few weeks ago. “Tens of thousands of people for rock music, that’s something! praised George Pettit, saying that nothing in Canada is quite like the Festival d’été de Québec.
Electrifying anger against the machine
Of course, the most awaited moment by most of the festival-goers on Saturday was the arrival of Rage Against the Machine. The trip Public Service Notice by the California group is a boon to fans. A return to a provided discography without presenting a new song but with the possibility of satisfying those who know his albums.
For the purposes of this article, to provide the full experience of this RATM show, we positioned ourselves in the middle of the crowd, right in front of the stage. Before the band took the stage, the tension was at its peak. Everyone around us was just waiting for the moment when it would be possible to indulge in the sound of sharp guitars and frenzied drums.
When Zack de la Rocha and his gang finally showed up, it was classic bomb track roared, it was no longer possible to stand on his feet. Thousands of fashionable people mosh pit. Electricity in the air, in the crowd, everywhere.
Rage Against the Machine delivered a sensational show that will be remembered for a long time. Immobilized in a chair due to a fractured bone, Zack de la Rocha was as flawless vocally as he was performing, bringing all the ferocity of the words he sang into the small movement he was allowed.
Tom Morello was Tom Morello, undisputed guitar god. Whether it’s switching between his regular guitars and double-neck guitar, stringing together those exciting solos, or playing with his teeth, he’s (unsurprisingly) up to the task. Brad Wilk (drums) and Tim Commerford (bass) didn’t fail either. On the instrumental side, Rage Against the Machine delivered songs we know to be complex and was precise, hard-hitting and impeccable.
Denounce, always denounce
“Time to express our frustration at everything that’s going on in the world right now. That was the purpose of the evening, Zack de la Rocha announced to the tens of thousands before him. Rage Against the Machine is political, radically anti-establishment.
The American group accompanied their songs with messages that went beyond their words. For example, when the screen behind him displayed statistics showing discrimination against Indigenous Peoples in Canada. “Colonialism is murder. Zack de la Rocha warned of the danger of human rights violations in our modern societies. She “fucks” the borders and demands more solidarity.
kill in the name let the evening end in the best sense. “Fuck you, I won’t do what you say me,” chanted tens of thousands of people at the same time as de la Rocha unleashed.
Attending a Rage Against the Machine performance is like a series of rants over which to shout your own anger. It’s a time to let off steam, let it all out if you want, get carried away with the music and the words. It’s a perfect moment.