Rock and roll fans were presented with the explosive return of Rage Against the Machine. More than 20 years removed from their last album release, RATM played a sold-out concert in Wisconsin as they kicked off their reunion tour. It was the band’s first live performance in over a decade.
RATM, known for their intense energy and politically charged lyrics, performed at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in front of 37,000 people. While they didn’t bring any new songs to the set list, it didn’t stop viewers from absolutely losing their minds.
Hits like “Killing in the Name,” “Guerilla Radio,” and “Bombtrack” were all part of the show, which kicked off a tour that’s already selling out across the country. The reunion was initially announced back in 2019 but was postponed on multiple occasions due to the pandemic.
Now, though, the music is back. Fans were quick to react to the return on social media.
Fans react to RATM’s explosive reunion concert
Fans in attendance were quick to post their reactions to RATM concert on Twitter. Check out the response to the opening show.
Yesterday, Rage Against the Machine played its first show in 11 years! They still have it! "Freedom? Yeah, right!" pic.twitter.com/UsJFsBRb5n
— THEE Vaccinated Survivor (@BRaime619) July 10, 2022
it was a good show pic.twitter.com/5QyIetLxUH
— fearful earful / 'save your soul' out now!! 🫂 (@fearfulearful) July 10, 2022
— pat (@Patrickposting) July 10, 2022
— MAURICIO ROBERTO REYES CALLE NAVARRO CIFUENTES (@mauricioxreyes) July 10, 2022
As is the case with most Rage performances, a political tone was evident.
“Abort the Supreme Court,” @RATM proclaim via video message @AVMTheatre Saturday for their reunion tour kickoff. Review and set list @journalsentinel https://t.co/3xD7McEriO pic.twitter.com/1PLXbq2dFY
— Piet Levy (@pietlevy) July 10, 2022
This show looked unbelievable. It begins a North American tour that will continue on to Chicago next week. The band will stay in the Midwest and northern US, while making a few stops in Canada. They’ll then head overseas to the UK and Europe in the Fall.
If the ensuing shows are anything like the opener, fans should be in for a treat.