NewsWritten by Tom Williams on August 9, 2016
Members of rock and hip hop supergroup Prophets Of Rage have used a Reddit Ask Me Anything session to tease fans with plans for a world tour, as well as a possible onstage reunion of Rage Against The Machine featuring the group’s former frontman Zack de la Rocha.
Taking part in a Reddit AMA today, Prophets Of Rage’s Tim Commerford (of Rage Against The Machine) and B Real (of Cypress Hill) answered a bunch of questions from fans, and let slip that the world should keep its eyes pealed for a possible Rage Against The Machine reunion.
Asked if de la Rocha would be joining Prophets Of Rage on stage at any point, Commerford replied by saying:
“I know that Chuck [D] and B [Real] and myself have been spending some time reaching out to Zack and letting him know what’s going on and it feels really good to not feel like he’s not in the loop on everything that we do.
“I know that when I spoke to him he was very positive about how cool he knew it was gonna be, the Prophets of Rage… and how exciting it was going to be.
“If I were a fan of Rage Against The Machine, I would definitely show up to the shows because you might miss something.”
Prophets Of Rage, which consists of Commerford, Tom Morello and Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine, B-Real and Public Enemy’s Chuck D and DJ Lord, used their first show earlier this year to tell the crowd, “There’s always a seat warm for Zack de la Rocha.”
When asked “where the fuck” de la Rocha currently is, during the band’s Reddit AMA, Commerford replied with, “In the laboratory,” possibly referring to previous claims that de la Rocha is working on new music.
Commerford and B Real didn’t mention Australia in their Reddit AMA, but they did tell fans to expect shows all around the world, which means Aussies will hopefully see Prophets Of Rage down under in the near future.
Asked if Prophets Of Rage have any European tour plans, Commerford said, “We definitely do. This is not a North American band, this is a world band. We’re going to dominate the world.”
Elsewhere in their Reddit AMA, Commerford and B Real discussed politics, music technology and what they hope people get out of their music, with Commerford reflecting on his experience playing in Rage Against The Machine.
“People ask whether or not I think music can change the way that you think and I know that it can because it changed the way I think. I’m a Rage fan as much as I was a member of the band,” Commerford said.
“I grew up in Orange County in Southern California in a conservative all white world where they didn’t teach me about latino culture or african american history and I learned only about white people.
“Then I became a member of Rage Against The Machine and I became politicized through people like Tom Morello and Zack De La Rocha and I became a fan of RATM.
“I’m excited to get there and take our message on the road and change people with the universal language of music.”
Prophets Of Rage have been playing a bunch of Rage Against The Machine tracks at their recent shows, including classics like Testify, Guerilla Radio, Bulls On Parade and Killing In The Name Of, which incited a mosh pit when it was performed on Jimmy Kimmel.
Prophets Of Rage say they are still working on original music, after sharing their raging first single, titled Prophets Of Rage, in July.
Catch highlights from Prophets Of Rage’s Reddit AMA session below, and read the whole thing over on Reddit.
Gallery: 9 Times Rage Against The Machine Totally Took The Power Back
That Time They Stuck It To MTV
Who could forget that time bassist Tim Commeford climbed the stage set at the MTV Awards after Limp Bizkit won best video, illogically beating out RATM's clip for 'Sleep Now In The Fire' where they actually shut down the New York Stock Exchange in the middle of trading? If that's not rock n' roll I don't know what is. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
That Time They Stuck It To Wall St
Speaking of that time they shut down Wall St, remember that time they shut down Wall St? Playing on the steps of the New York Stock Exchange as part of the Michael Moore directed clip for 'Sleep Now In The Fire', the band shut down the market after they and fans bum-rushed the exchange. Seriously though can you imagine them trying this now? They'd all be locked up in Guantanamo Bay.
The Time They Stuck It To Guantanamo Bay
Speaking of Guantanamo Bay, the notorious site of mass torture in the name of the American Dream (FREEEDOM!!!) wasn't ever going to evade criticism from the band, who in 2008 played a number of shows in orange jumpsuits with black bags over their head to protest the US continuing to use the site. (Photo by Greetsia Tent/WireImage)
That Time They Stuck It To The X Factor
Speaking of torture, remember that time Killing In The Name Of was the UK Christmas number 1? Finally putting an end to Simon Cowell and Stepford singers from the X Factor's domination of the holiday charts. Donating all the funds raised from single sales to charity, the band treated fans to a free show in Finnsbury Park to thank them for standing up to the dominance of corporate music. (Photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns)
That Time They Stuck It To Censorship
Speaking of music so bad it probably should be censored (not that RATM would support that) remember that time the band played naked with black tape over their mouths to protest censorship? (See told you they'd be against it). Unfortunately we can't publish images of the band nude, but that's just like real life, as the band themselves were pulled off stage after 15 mins. (Photo by Lindsay Brice/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
That Time They Stuck It To SNL
Speaking off the band having their performances cut short, remember that time they had their second song pulled from Saturday Night Live after hanging upside down American flags over their amps in protest of Republican Presidential Candidate Steve Forbes? A symbol of distress, the upside down flags earned them the ire of producer Lorne Michaels and have never been invited back. Yeah they did that, what legends. (Photo by Lindsay Brice/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
That Time They Stuck It To The Democratic Party
Speaking of the band having run ins with presidential candidates, remember that time they played outside the Denver Democratic Party Convention, then led a march to force Obama to discuss the Iraq with Veterans Against The War? Who says all musicians do is bitch and moan? (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
That Time They Stuck It To The Donald
Speaking of future presidents, remember that time they parodied/predicted Donald Trump running for the presidency of the United States of America? Part of the video for 'Sleep Now In The Fire', the sign is clearly meant as a joke to highlight the close ties between corporate America and the government. Somehow though I think even Rage weren't cynical enough to foresee just how popular he would be.
That Time They Stuck It To The BBC
Speaking of obscenity (or its human form e.g. Trump), remember that time they said fuck all over BBC Radio 5? Invited to perform 'Killing In The Name Of' on the Radio 5 Live Breakfast Show as part of the campaign to get the song to number 1, the band decided they weren't going to do what the producers told them, ironically including the song's final refrain of "fuck you I won't do what you tell me!" Fuck yeah. (Photo by Steve Eichner/WireImage)