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Rage Against The Machine
- Me, Myself, and I
- Rage Against the Machine, also known as RATM, was an American rock band noted both for their diligent political conscience and for their pioneering blend of hard rock and rap which over time would come to be known variously as Rock, Rapcore, Hard Rock, Funk Metal and Alternative Rock or Alternative Metal � as well as their vocal radical leftist beliefs. At the point of their break-up in 2000, Rage Against the Machine had become one of the most popular political hard rock bands of all time, and certainly of the 1990s. Currently, three members of the band � Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk � are members of Audioslave, featuring former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell.
Rage drew inspiration from early metallic instrumentation, as well as rap acts such as Public Enemy, and Afrika Bambaataa. The coalescence of rhyming styles and vocals along with their sound, especially Tom Morello's guitar techniques, makes RATM difficult to confine to any one particular musical genre.
Tom Morello left his old band, Lock Up, and decided to start another band. Morello was in a club in L.A where Zack de la Rocha was rapping. Morello was impressed by de la Rocha, and asked him to join his band. Tom called and drafted a drummer named Brad Wilk, who had previously auditioned for Lock Up. De la Rocha had a childhood friend, Tim Commerford, who he got to join. The band was now composed of Tom Morello (guitar), Zack de la Rocha (Vocals), Brad Wilk (Drums) and Tim Commerford (Bass). Their name was derived from a phrase Ebullition Records founder Kent McLard coined in some writings he did for his 'zine called No Answers (issue #9). Originally de la Rocha wanted to use the name "Rage Against the Machine" as an album title for his then-current band, Inside Out. This album never saw fruition and instead he used the phrase after Morello, de la Rocha, Wilk and Commerford started a group. Shortly after forming, they gave their first public performance in living room in Orange County, California, which was where a friend of Tim's was holding a house party, and self-produced a 12-song cassette which already included songs like "Bullet in the Head" . Several record labels expressed interest and they eventually signed with Epic Records. Morello said, "Epic agreed to everything we asked--and they've followed through... we never saw a[n] [ideological] conflict as long as we maintained creative control."
Their debut album, the self-titled Rage Against the Machine was released in late 1992. To promote the album and its core message of social justice and equality, the band went on tour, playing at Lollapalooza II and as support for Suicidal Tendencies in Europe.
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"Good evening, we're Rage Against the Machine from Los Angeles, California," announced frontman Zach de la Rocha to a sea of humanity, that stretched to the end Coachcella's massive Empire Polo Fields. And with the garbled opening notes of 'Testify,' both the crowd and the band set loose the pent-up energy that had been brewing all of Day Three by those waiting for the reunion.
De la Rocha, who's remained quiet since Rage disbanded, mostly allowed the music to speak for itself, playing hits like 'Bulls on Parade,' 'Renegades of Funk' and 'Bullet in the Head' with ferocity that fans waited seven years for. But he broke his silence during 'Wake Up,' spouting an anti-Bush tirade in which he called for the current administration to be "tried, hung and shot."
However, if there's any warning the administration should heed from the night, it's far more likely to be in the lasting image of 60,000 fists pounding the night sky as fans scream, "F**k you, I won't do what you tell me," during the closing 'Killing in the Name Of.'
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Radical rockers Rage Against The Machine only vowed to reunite after realizing the "right-wing purgatory" the US has become since they split seven years ago.
Frontman Zach De La Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk announced last month they will take to the stage together for the first time since 2000 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California in April.
And they hope the gig will inspire festival-goers to take stock of George W. Bush's presidency.
Morello says, "Is it a coincidence that in the seven years that Rage Against The Machine has been away that the country has slid into right-wing purgatory? I think not. It occurred to all of us that the times were right to see if we can knock the Bush administration out in one fell swoop, and we hope to do that job well."
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Rage Against the Machine, the seminal L.A. band that made heavy music into political manifesto, will reunite after a seven-year lull for one show as the headliners at the 2007 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Sources say Rage, which played the main stage at the first Coachella in 1999, will be joined by other familiar faces for the eighth edition of the festival, which covers three days this year and begins April 27: Red Hot Chili Peppers, which headlined in 2003, are back, as is Björk, who topped the bill in 2002.
Organizers were mum this weekend and it was not clear which day Rage or the other acts were slotted to play; that announcement is expected in the next few days. Other acts expected in the eclectic lineup: Arcade Fire, Interpol, Willie Nelson, the Roots, Manu Chao, the Decemberists, Arctic Monkeys, Sonic Youth, Crowded House, Air, Tiësto and Kings of Leon.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, via Ticketmaster. Three-day passes will cost about $250 and there will be a limited number of single-day passes available.
The headliners are not novel, but they are potent. The Peppers are up for their first best album Grammy right now, and Björk remains a mesmerizing figure to fans of avant pop. But in Southern California rock circles, there is very little that could compete with the excitement of a Rage Against the Machine reunion. The quartet's hybrid of funk, rap, metal and leftist ideology was as subtle as a Molotov cocktail; in the 1990s, its aggro-anthems made it the only band that mattered to a fan base that included East L.A. protest kids as well as those in Hollywood punk circles, college dorms and mainstream rock festival mosh pits, where politics were secondary to the group's feral energy.
The band is vocalist Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk. Their split came amid rumors of bad blood between De la Rocha and his mates, who went on to work with Chris Cornell in Audioslave. However, Morello and De la Rocha appeared together at a 2005 rally for the urban farmers of a South Los Angeles community garden.
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