SURPRISE! Rage Against the Machine's scheduled RNC show ends in a fiasco!
Given how well these things have turned out in the past, reunited 90s rap-rockers Rage Against the Machine scheduled a last minute, free concert last night in front of the state capitol in St. Paul, MN. And, like in the past, beefed up security was far more interested in there not being giant mosh pits going on outside the Republican Convention.
The band was brought in as a last-minute headliner for Ripple Effect, a free arts and music festival to coincide with the RNC. Other artists present included Matisyahu, Michael Franti, Dead Prez, and Anti-Flag. The festival was scheduled to end at 7PM, but according to its organizers, the plug was pulled at 6:45 by Capital Grounds Staff who claimed that Rage did not have the proper permits to play, not to mention enough time before the show’s curfew. After the crowd protested, Zach de la Rocha and Tom Morello appeared. De la Rocha announced that the authorities are afraid of the crowd, not the band (duh.) Morello expressed his greatest hopes that someday the rubber bullets would be used on the “jackasses” inside the convention. Then they performed a capella versions of “Bulls on Parade” and “Killing in the Name,” ending by leading the crowd in the chant “Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me!”
Then Rage Against the Machine did what they were told and went home.
You can see the a capella performances here. They actually give the songs a little more of a hip hop feel. Rage Against the Machine will perform in the big, corporate Target Center tonight. We’ll let you know how that goes.
Posted by Mike Denslow at Sep 03, 2008 10:15 AM