“Killing In The Name” was particularly insane; you haven’t lived until you’ve yelled “Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me,” pumping fists with 60,000 sunburned kids in the desert.


The audience expected, and received, the most politically-charged set of the weekend. That the band was compelled to reunite amid this unprecedented partisan climate made the performance more significant than Rage’s last Coachella show in ’99. And lest there was any confusion, Zack de la Rocha let his thoughts on the current administration be known with these words:

“[The current administration] needs to be tried, hung and shot. We need to treat them like the war criminals they are. But the challenges we face go beyond the current administration ? It?s a system we have to tear down, generation after generation.”

The moshers seemed to understand.





SETLIST
01 “Testify”
02 “Bulls On Parade”
03 “People Of The Sun”
04 “Bombtrack”
05 “Bullet In The Head”
06 “Down Rodeo”
07 “Guerrilla Radio”
08 “Renegades Of Funk”
09 “Calm Like A Bomb”
10 “Sleep Now In The Fire”
11 “Wake Up”
12 “Freedom”
13 “Killing In The Name”

Comments (106)
  1. Sarah  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    Sounds like a great show, I’m jealous.

    I never understood their need to wear their guitars (and that bass!) so friggin’ high. It is just wrong IMO.

  2. kevin  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    i’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to say the president should die lest the secret service come and take you away

  3. Even in jest!

  4. brilliant!

  5. kylie  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    what an amazing setlist…man. jealous.

  6. “unprecedented partisan climate”?

    Uh… no. If one of my students said that, I’d deduct points.

  7. I’ve missed RATM. What a great setlist.

    Oh, and Sarah, strapping the guitar high is better if you are trying to play fast and/or technical passages, as they often do.

  8. JT  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 -1

    Ah yes, Rage Against the Machine, the band that fights to free a convicted cop killer. Fuck them.

  9. matt  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 +1

    long live rage

  10. i think JT might have little sand in his vagina..

  11. Or, Rage Against the Machine, a band that started a sound in 1993 that was repeatedly copied in the late nineties by the suburbia of Southern California by trying to fuze hardcore and hip-hop. RATM accelled not only be creating the genre but by layering the music with extremely political messages.

    Since their start, many horrible pop bands have imitated the same formula, but have failed miserably in being as talented or sincere.

    Personally, their sound grew old to me, but in seeing the big picture now, I’m glad they reunited to perform once again. Well done boys. We salute you. (with a middle finger)

  12. I’ve found myself missing them during this administration, more than I could explain. I wish I could have seen this show.

  13. JT  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    No, Rygun, JT just doesn’t have any warm fuzzy feelings towards a band that tries to free a pathetic piece of trash that murdered a man that was simply doing his job.

    But of course I don’t expect you to understand. Bands like Rage usually attract the rather dim-witted types. That’s why they’re totally ineffective at making any changes, because their fans are by and large morons.

  14. Liam  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    Well look at it this way: cops uphold the law and keep society from descending into anarchy, Rage Against the Machine wrote “Bulls On Parade”.

    Clearly, Rage wins.

    Go buy yourself a sense of humor, dude.

  15. KingHater  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    Way to cause an impact, slinging anti-Bush slogans at the fucking Coachella festival. You brave soul.

  16. dude loved the comment about missing this band during this current administration, man oh man would they have been word of mouth in that white house with they lyrics they sing

  17. Laura  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    I’m not so sure I want the current administration killed in that fashion. A) I don’t wish that much ill will on people, even if they’re people I don’t particularly care for; and B) I don’t want them recognized as martyrs by, say, Bill O’Reilly or Ann Coulter or anyone of that ilk, ’cause you know they would be.

  18. Hugo Chávez  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    Laura, your surname wouldn’t happen to be Bush, would it?

  19. Ben  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    For anyone unclear about what “JT” is alluding to, by all means Google “Mumia Abu Jamal,” and learn about the case.

    To JT: Are you a Philly cop? Were you somehow there when it happened, and know something the rest of the world doesn’t? Did you read that Republican-written-and-commissioned anti-Jamal piece in Vanity Fair? Do you oppose the concept of a re-trial in general, if evidence warrants it (and it does, hence what the movement for Jamal has always pushed for)?

    Why would you claim to be SO SURE about the case? Is the concept of a miscarriage of justice totally and completely foreign to you? Even in the abstract, I mean? Very strange. I’m all for contrarian viewpoints and challenging kneejerk celebrity causes, but I would be really surprised if you actually had read about the case. It’s much more complicated than it seems, and even most people who hate Jamal aren’t so self-righteous about it.

  20. matt  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    hung and shot?

  21. Zach just escaped from Guantanamo Bay. There’s no other excuse for his voice being gone through this entire administration. They need to play Al Gore’s polar bear rock thing.

  22. bwm  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    Ben,

    Thank you for being able to say (more eloquently than myself) what I was thinking in response to JT’s ridiculous statements.

  23. KRS-One  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    Free Mumia.

  24. Ferris  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    Wow, the Wikipedia entry on Mumia is about as poorly written and organzed as any I’ve seen. The Avril Lavigne actually has better citations and structure. Or so I’ve heard.

  25. To Tom Morello: “Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me”. Since Tom is so “radical” I assume he worked for free or donated his take to … oh, let’s say …the Sandanistas. What a self righteous a-hole.

    Even Johnny Rotten had a sense of humor. BTW, who ASKED for hip hop rock? About as appealing as jazz rock.

  26. Ferris  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    Rap-rock/metal was actually artistically viable for about five minutes there. The better stuff (Rage, Beasties, uh…) is actually really good, but it’s the dumbed down twice removed stuff (see Limp Bizkit, “Rollin’”) that ruined it and probably destroyed any credibility the whole genre could have had.

  27. phil lee  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    Free Mumia* Offer not valid in AK or HI.

    * With purchase of Rage ringtone. Show your friends how “with it” you really are.

  28. bp  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 -1

    These self-important pricks still seem to live in the U.S., still seem to enjoy the freedoms (and CASH) that comes along with living in the U.S., and yet they act like they live in Stalin’s Russia or some shit. I’m not saying the U.S. is perfect, but these guys are douches, even if they can rock.

  29. Matt  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    BP – the entire groundwork of the US is based on questioning authority figures. While the impact of Rage is questionable it’s clear they do what they do out of love for what this country could be, or should be. When people say shit like “if you don’t like it get out” it drives me crazy. You’re missing the fucking point here – we’re SUPPOSED to question authority. That’s what real Americans do, it’s our duty checks and balances. Thank God that George Washington, John Adams, and Ben Franklin didn’t “get out” when they had complaints.

  30. bp,

    yeah its so douchey to write songs that are deeper than “oh i miss you baby” or “ye-ahhh”.

    as for living in the US, didnt Zach move to central or south america when the band broke up?

    make you feel any better?

    as for counting someone elses money – now who is being the douche?

  31. John  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    Step back from all your battling here, and realize that Rage does make people aware of certain things. It may not be direct, but look – take Mumia Abu Jabal for example. There is someone in this article that went to wikipedia and searched that name to find out who it was. Start taking things out of context. Hate them, or love them – get over the ridiculous brouhaha and get on with it.

  32. John  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    Step back from all your battling here, and realize that Rage does make people aware of certain things. It may not be direct, but look – take Mumia Abu Jabal for example. There is someone in this article that went to wikipedia and searched that name to find out who it was. Start taking things out of context. Hate them, or love them – get over the ridiculous brouhaha and get on with it.

  33. zank  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    Um, the irony of 60,000 kids chanting non-conformity slogans?

  34. John  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    Correction: May not be direct to those that dislike rage – I was just saying to look past the influence they have directly in front of them on stage

  35. Didn’t Joe Strummer talk about “turning rebellion into money”? Morello is the king of phony bravado. Go protest in China or Iran if you want to face actual persecution, ya 9th grade philospher.

  36. Yawn  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    Who cares about some phony act soon to be featured on “I Love The 90′s”. Where is ANY review of The Good, The Bad and The Queen’s performance? At least their complaints aren’t based on one dimensional recycled 60′s hippie dogma.

  37. seth  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    instead of bitching about the government on stage they should really go back to their bedrooms and bitch about rock bands on the internet. the assholes.

  38. KingHater  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    And yet I’ll bet they’re decidedly against capital punishment.

    Anyway, listen…I understand Zach’s in a tight spot when it comes to giving the old Rage fans what they want. Like, imagine if all the pseudo-intellectual political activist BS you now cringe about having spouted off in college so as to appear deep so you could get laid with the artsy chicks when you were a snotty 20-year-old know-it-all was committed to tape and subsequently revered by a generation of kids, just as ignorant – or perhaps moreso – than you were at the time of writing.

    And then imagine that every musical venture you attempted since then, well, didn’t quite pan out (cough – solo album). And then the chance arose to cash in on a reunion show at a bloated music festival. So you, now a 37-year-old man, jump onstage with the duty of forcing yourself to the summon conviction to convincingly deliver the juvenile sermons of an angsty 20-year-old.

    There’s something halfway tragic there. I don’t know.

    I hope the residuals are decent.

  39. Carl  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    I grew up loving Rage and I was lucky enough to be at this show. I was surprised to find that you can actually dance to this music when you’re in your twenties and no longer a teenager.

  40. Paul  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    Zach never stopped being an activist one bit. He lived with the farmers of Southern California helping fight off developers who wanted to buy their land. He was still writing stuff, and put a track with DJ Shadow. He wants his voice heard, the same with the other members. Tom Morello still has the angst he had in RATM, proof being his recently released CD under the name The Nightwatchman. It is quite politically charged. He has a radio program called Axis of Justice too. People who want to make a difference don’t stop, just look at Neil Young, Bob Dylan, etc.

  41. Enough  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    George W Bush never stopped being an activist one bit. He lived with the ranchers of Texas helping fight off hippies who wanted to sleep on their their land. His staff is still writing stuff, and put out a statment with Dick Chaney. He wants his voice heard, the same with the other members of the Republican Party. George W Bush still has the angst he had in Texas, proof being his recent press conference. It is quite politically charged. He has a radio program called the President’s Weekly Address,too. People who want to make a difference don’t stop, just look at Newt Gingrich, John McCain, etc.

    Wow, this drivel practically writes itself!

  42. publius  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    political idealism, the president sucks, your jumping onstage is sad, that guy killed a cop, i like pie, these guys rock, my opinion is valid, they sold records but didn’t bring a fucking cop back to life, my opinion is valid, someone pat me on the back!

  43. Paul  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    Sorry, but I’m tired of people’s ignorance and the fact that Zach and RATM are still about the music! Btw, don’t mock me “Enough”.

  44. Enuff  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    Sorry, but I’m tired of every Rage fan’s musical ignorance and the fact that Zach and RATM are still about turning rebellion into personal profit! Btw, Paul and all rap metal fans cannot be mocked “Enough”.

  45. Tom Morello  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    To: M

    Excuse me, but why are you cussing at me? I have actually done a lot of work for free and given away a lot of my earnings (yes, some to Sandanistas). Do I keep it all, though? No, of course not. I am an avowed socialist, so I don’t believe in living “high off the hog.”

    You seem like an intelligent fellow, so I fell as though I should ask, when you were offered government-subsidized student loans in college, did you refuse them and say, “No thanks, I’ll take my chances earning my way through school via free market capitalism”? I have an idea what the answer might be, but I won’t “assume.”

    As far as my music, I was doing what I thought sounded catchy, making something that was hopefully good enough to listen to. There was never a musical agenda. If it happened to combine traditional rock structures with hip-hop elements, then so be it. I mean, was it so wrong that it happened that way? Is someone forcing you to listen to it? Thanks to the progressive movements and ideas of the last 300 years, I would hope not.

    While I do think it’s funny that I happened to actually stumble onto a post that was directed toward me in a negative manner, rest assured that I do no harbor any ill will towards you and look forward to continuing our discourse here.

    To all others that deride us or our purpose or effectiveness, I’ll say this: if you don’t think we’re making an impact, then what difference does it make what we say? Why criticize our words if they are not going to inspire change anyway? In life, there are some grey areas, but in this case, both arguments cancel each other out.

    Sincerely,
    Thomas Baptist Morello

  46. Liam  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    Ooooh, the plot thickens!

  47. Matthew  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    I’m just posting so I can be right after Tom Morello, is all. Thanks.

  48. To Tom:
    Wow, do you take EVERYTHING way too serious? I might recommend you spend some time viewing the Cartoon Network … unless laughing is counter-revolutionary.

    Protesting in Iran anytime soon?

  49. To Tom:
    Wow, do you take EVERYTHING way too serious? I might recommend you spend some time viewing the Cartoon Network … unless laughing is counter-revolutionary.

    Protesting in Iran anytime soon?

  50. Paul  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2007 0

    M is officially rediculous! What do you do to try and invoke social change?

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