We haven’t heard a new Rage Against the Machine project since their 2000 album of covers called “Renegades.” But we may soon hear the angst-ridden rap/rock band in a new powerful reincarnation. There is talk that members of Rage Against the Machine will combine their musical forces with Public Enemy and Cypress Hill to form some kick-ass musical Voltron supergroup.
RATM guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk are reportedly being fronted by Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real. The supergroup is called Prophets of Rage (referencing a Public Enemy’s 1988 song of the same name from their “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” album). Rage vocalist Zack de la Rocha is not involved.
Chuck D has been making blatant hints on his Twitter.
The new band’s website, ProphetsOfRage.com, has a countdown clock set for June 1 with the words #TakeThePowerBack on it.
The exciting new venture is set to debut at the Hollywood Palladium on June 3, as well as a show at L.A.’s Whisky a Go Go. Then a 2016 summer tour is a good possibility.
Rage Against the Machine’s full lineup has not performed since a July 2011 show at L.A. Rising fest.
It seems like this election cycle and presidential candidates should supply the band with enough fuel and vitriol.
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