Rage Against the Machine’s Tim Commerford left, and singer Zack de la Rocha — seen performing at L.A. Rising in 2011 — reunited with the rest of the band over the weekend,
It’s no secret that Rage Against the Machine’s music has a political undertone. They have a lot to be angry about in 2022, and they didn’t hold back this past weekend as they reunited after an 11-year hiatus.
In front of a crowd of more than 30,000 at Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Music Theatre, the rap-rock band was abrasive as usual during their pandemic-delayed return to the stage on Saturday night.
Between songs, the band members didn’t talk much, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that they were nonetheless very vociferous. Instead, they showed images of real-world violence, such as a burning El Paso police car, and messages about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
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One of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet the only one without a statutory guarantee of paid parental leave, a message on the screen read, Maternal mortality rates for Black women are two to three times greater than those for whites in this country, where forced births are commonplace. Gun violence is the leading cause of death for children and teenagers in this country.”
In all caps, “Abort the Supreme Court,” was written on the next screen.
When the Roe vs. Wade decision was announced on June 24, Rage Against the Machine expressed its anger. It was revealed in a black-and-white Instagram picture that the group’s charity concerts at Alpine Valley and Chicago’s United Center had generated $475,000 for reproductive-rights organizations in those states.
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The band wrote on Instagram, “We are appalled by the repeal of Roe V. Wade and the horrific impact it will have on tens of millions of people. Over half the country (26 states) is likely to ban or severely restrict abortion shortly, if not immediately, which will disproportionately affect poor, working-class, and undocumented BIPOC groups.
We must continue to resist these attacks on our collective reproductive rights, like the many women who have organized sophisticated railways of resistance,” the statement concluded.
The band’s last show was at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 2011 as part of the L.A. Rising festival. It was announced in 2019 that the Public Service Announcement Tour would take place in the spring of 2020, but it was postponed due to the epidemic.
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