Legendary 1990s band Rage Against The Machine has been triggered into reuniting ahead of the 2020 election in order to #resist four more years of Donald Trump - perhaps the most anti-establishment, 'outsider' president in US history.
The band will initially play three shows "along or near the Mexican border," according to Consequence of Sound, where they'll surely explain their silence in 2011 when the Obama administration was called out by the ACLU for family separation and sticking migrant kids in cages (though Tom Morello did accuse Obama of war crimes, and admitted in 2012 that he 'drank the Kool-Aid' when Obama was elected in 2008).
Rage *For* The Machine. Like loyal man servants— Louie Lozano 🇺🇸 (@WeldtoWrite) November 1, 2019
Next spring, Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commferford will take the stage for the first time since 2011. The staunchly political rock band will initially play a trio of shows in cities along or near the Mexican border, including El Paso, Texas; Las Cruses [sic], New Mexico; and Phoenix, Arizona. They’ll then head to Indio, California in April to headline the 2020 installment of Coachella. -Consequence of Sound
According to CoS, the reunion shows were announced Friday morning via an unverified Instagram account and later confirmed by the publication.
As recently as May of this year, Morello seemed to downplay the possibility of a RATM reunion. “I would say, rather than people waiting around for Rage Against the Machine, form your own band,” he told Heavy Consequence. “Let’s hear what you have to say. Get out there and do it. Don’t sit around twiddling your thumbs waiting for some other band to do it.” However, the impending 2020 presidential election and possibility of Donald Trump winning a second term reportedly compelled the band into action.
Needless to say, the fact that RATM will effectively be cheerleading for the establishment has not gone unnoticed.
So they’ll be used as political pawns? How unique and genuine— Yellow Red Sparks 🌕 (@yellowredsparks) November 1, 2019
Rage against , yet vote 4 the machine?— Anthony Conso (@AnthonyConso) November 1, 2019
When a Dem is in office: "Yes Sir, I'll do exactly what you tell me."— Mad Mad Zartman (@Drewshbag99) November 1, 2019
I can't take em seriously.
Shilling in the Name Of https://t.co/LWywzHypLV— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 1, 2019