After rumours of a Rage Against The Machine reunion were shot down last month, fans were left unsure how to feel about the emergence of a new group made up of some of its members.
Now that group – Prophets Of Rage – have announced their first ever show. Made up of 3/4 of Rage Against The Machine, it will also feature Chuck D from Public Enemy alongside B-Real from Cypress Hill – who took to social media recently to hit back at early critics of the new group.
Prophets Of Rage will make their onstage debut at Whisky a Go Go in LA, with all proceeds from the show going towards a Californian group of anti-homeless agencies. The band is set to perform song from Rage’s vast catalogue, as well as some brand new material.
The only member of Rage not to feature will be frontman Zack de la Rocha, but not to fear, de la Rocha is apparently “making a record right now”. In an interview with Rolling Stone, drummer Brad Wilk let the news slip, while bass player Tim Commerford said Zach had given his permission for the supergroup to go ahead.
“I spoke to Zack and got his blessing, and that’s really great,” he said. “We’re a family and there’s support across the board. I support him and everything he does, and vice versa. I’ve definitely been keeping him in the know. You’re never going to replace Zack, and we aren’t trying to do that. He’s a unique artist and showman.”
As for whether the new outfit consider themselves a supergroup? “We’re not a supergroup,” says Tom Morello. “We’re an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit, and confront it head-on with Marshall stacks blazing.”
Watch: Prophets of Rage (Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, B-Real of Cypress Hill, and Chuck D) live in-studio with The Kevin & Bean Show!
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Prophets Of Rage Announce First Show, Let Slip That Zack de la Rocha Is "Making A Record Right Now" - Music Feeds