Rage Have Their Power Cut, Use Their Mouths Instead At The RNC

By Amrit Singh / September 3, 2008

Today we finally get to know what a crowd of people doing a cappella versions of Zack de la Rocha’s protest songs sounds like. It goes something like “bow-bow-bow-bow-chikka-chikka-chikka.” RATM turned up in St. Paul to perform a short set at 6:30PM yesterday as part of the Ripple Effect music festival, set on the lawn of the Minnesota State Capitol building. As the Star Tribune reports, though, “the band arrived close to the 7 p.m. curfew time and without a proper permit, so police would not let it perform.” (The Tribune goes on to quote an event logistics manager: “A state patrolman held the band and wouldn’t let them enter [backstage] until it was too late.”) At that time the inevitable “Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me”s broke out, followed by Zack and Tom addressing the crowd, explaining their intention of “peaceful protest,” and offering an a cappella “Bulls On Parade” and “Killing In The Name,” passing a megaphone back and forth for raps and guitars. Most of it was caught on film, so click on for what will probably be the only video from the RNC that won’t recapitulate John McCain’s prisoner-of-war stories.

That one was filmed by above-thefold.com, via BV. If you want straight to the a cappella Morello, try this one (via RS):