RAGE FOR A LEGEND – RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE COMES THROUGH WITH VINYL RELEASE ON RSD
BY STICK N MOVE / SHADOWBOX MVMNT
In 2000, nearly 18 years ago, Rage Against the Machine performed a live set right across the street from the Democratic National Convention (at the Los Angeles Staples Center). They delivered a perfect performance by dropping wide-spread hits off of their studio albums, giving the crowd / fans a memorable show. Ironically, they performed the final full-length Battle of Los Angeles, a title kindred to the city by which the convention was taking place. Battle of Los Angeles was released in the previous year, and with the band’s incomparable ability to vocalize social indignation, fused with antagonistic political messaging through brilliant lyrical content on selective (if not all) tracks, undoubtedly caused dour concerns from city leaders of Los Angeles, California prior to the event.
With a “Protest Zone” that permitted a stage presence of one hour, Rage Against the Machine encountered nothing but conflict through the planning/development process, even with with partners like MTV by their side. Yet after lifting their voice even higher, along with a large number of protest groups agreeing to give up their one hour time allotments on the stage in the Protest Zone, Rage Against the Machine was offered a prime time slot, concurrent with the preeminent figure booked on the opening night of the convention, whom was then-President Bill Clinton. The show went on, it proved…………and prevailed.
Rage Against the Machine played a free concert in protest of the two-party system. The band had been considering playing a protest concert there since April of that year, and it succeeded, to say the least. For fans of Rage Against the Machine, from newbies to “die hards” like us, whom yearn for anything “new” from the powerhouse group, they will be excited to hear that this performance is coming to vinyl. Live at the Democratic National Convention 2000 arrives on April 21 as part of Record Store Day 2018. Check out the track list, as well as video footage from the concert below. Their set, available in recorded form for the first time ever, features six of their most influential anthems.
Rage Against the Machine – Live at the Democratic National Convention 2000
- Bulls on Parade
- Guerilla Radio
- Sleep Now in the Fire
- Killing in the Name
A total of 5000 vinyl copies of Live At The Democratic National Convention 2000 will be available via Record Store Day, set for release on April 21, 2018. For more information on exclusive releases, head here -www.recordstoreday.com. For those that are new to RSD, in a nutshell, Record Store Day is an annual event that launched in 2007. It takes place on one Saturday every April with a mission of preserving the culture, embodied within the independently owned record store. RSD unites artists, fans, and thousands of independent record stores across the world through this initiative, and we suggest you take a few minutes to check it out.
As the metal-rap crew known as Prophets of Rage officially recently announced its lineup, one name was visibly absent, and that name was Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de La Rocha. Through his time with Rage, the eclectic lyricist and fierce MC consistently remained in the spotlight. Yet, ever since the year 2000, a time where this recorded concert took place, strangely enough the members of Rage began to head their separate ways, and his artistic deliverance has been scattered and scarce to say the least.
Since 2000, Guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk have gone on to make a total of three albums in a six year period with Audioslave (amongst other selective side projects in music/media). The band reunited in 2007, rocking a total of 50 shows in four years, including a headline slot at Coachella. On July 30th, 2011, Rage Against the Machine played their final show to date at the L.A. Coliseum. Selective side projects equally existed for the iconic frontman, that displayed collaborative efforts alongside musical heavyweights like Chuck D, Questlove, and DJ Shadow. Yet, the world of Rage Against the Machine fans still await clear comprehension regarding De La Rocha’s creative positioning as a solo-artist, if that in fact is what he has become. If you are a fans like us, you’ve accepted the notion of waiting forever.
MUSIC & MEDIA
The Democratic National Convention 2000
Listen to one of our own personal favorites – Vietnow by Rage Against the Machine, from their album Evil Empire.
Check out this performance from Free Tibet Concert – San Francisco, CA. Bulls on Parade sits on the track list of the forthcoming vinyl drop 4/21/2018.
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