Reports: Rage Against the Machine is Reuniting for Some Shows in 2020


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UPDATE: Further reports have indicated that yes, Rage Against the Machine will reconvene in 2020 for at least some shows on the US/Mexican border and a headlining slot at Coachella. 

Here’s some news, maybe. An Instagram page purporting to be Rage Against the Machine posted this early Friday:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4Tw4qFlA3D/

The famed rock/alternative metal/whatever genre you’d prefer to call them four-piece last performed in 2011, so it’s been a long time since Zack De La Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford shared the stage together.

Of the dates included in that Instagram post, the two in Indio, CA would refer to the 2020 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, if any of this turns out to be true … which it might? Fueling the speculation is the fact that actress/musician Juliette Lewis, currently in a relationship with Wilk, “liked” the photo above on Instagram.

What’s more, Morello shared the same image — of the protesting going on in Chile — on his Instagram page earlier in the week:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4IoVibj6wZ/

And according to Forbes, this is, in fact, true:

Wayne Kamemoto, a longtime associate of the band just said, “The band’s social media is accurate.”

The sporadic nature of Rage Against the Machine’s activity since disbanding seemed to be tied closely with Presidential election season. They first reunited in 2007, just in time for the 2008 election, and should they be convening in 2020, that’s a few months ahead of the November 2020 Presidential election.

And considering Rage’s overt political tones, which has permeated their music since bursting onto the scene with 1992’s incendiary self-titled debut album and has continued with the musicians’ work outside of Rage — most explicitly with Morello’s solo music and the Prophets of Rage project — that just makes a lot of sense.

So let’s wait and see what happens …


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