I haven’t forgotten Rage Against The Machine, not after I have been posting about them until the Coachella festival (here, here, here, here, and here). Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to post about with every thing that happened right after their concert.
After seven long years, [tag]Zack de la Rocha[/tag], [tag]Tom Morello[/tag], Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk finally took the stage on April 29th for the first of several shows. In the mist of last weeks chaos, people suddenly forgot Zack de la Rocha’s political message in which Fox News host John Gibson has decided to take advantage by doing their usual spin. Even they could not beat out the horrific events that occurred at MacArthur Park.
The RATM have said they regrouped because of the current political environment and that was no joke. De la Rocha make it clear how enraged the group is about what’s going in the world, particularly in Iraq. De la Rocha delivered a short sermon the middle of “Wake Up” about the complete social breakdown and how it needed to fixed. It was reported that de la Rocha never said a thing between songs and the only time was during “Wake Up.” I think, de la Rocha’s rant about the Bush administration really showed how many of us really feel about the Bush administration, but are not willing to say it the way he did that night. His rant went further than comparing the Bush administration to Nazi’s or how they should be “tried, hung and shot.” I think a lot of people missed, it was about how we have become zombies to allow the culture of corruption to get away with the things they did when we as a society would not have allowed to occur and it is time for this society to WAKE THE FUCK UP. This is exactly what he said that night:
“A good friend of ours said that if the same laws were applied to U.S. Presidents as were applied to the Nazi’s after World War II, then every single one of ’em, every last rich white one of ’em from Truman on would have been hung to death, and shot. And this current administration is no exception. They should be hung, and tried, and shot. As any war criminal should be. But the challenges that we face, they go way beyond administrations. Way beyond elections. Way Beyond every four years of pulling levers. Way beyond that, because this whole rotten system has become so vicious and cruel, that in order to sustain itself, it needs to destroy entire countries, and profit from their reconstruction, in order to survive, and that’s not a system that changes every four years, it’s a system that we have to break down generation after generation after generation after generation after generation. Wake up.”
Watch the video:
It was reported that Tom Morello told Launch that there are no plans for a new Rage album. I think I will make another prediction, I think a new album is in the works. Remember that gig de la Rocha and Morello did at Chicago’s House of Blues in mid-April, to celebrate the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ victory over McDonald’s in the tomato fields. I was looking at the video that was posted up on YouTube, de la Rocha sang an original song penned in honor of the CIW’s McDonald’s victory. The song was still in de la Rocha’s notebook. May be it is wishful thinking, but I like to think a new album is in the works.