It’s been five years since the last time Rage Against The Machine played together as a band, but it looks like they may have something in the works right now. As DIY points out, Rage’s new Prophets Of Rage website (which, as I’m typing this, is overloaded) has a new countdown clock that’s set to expire on 6/1. The clock comes stamped with the hashtag #TakeThePowerBack, which of course is the name of a song on the band’s classic debut.
Meanwhile, posters, like the ones pictured above, have been appearing around the band’s Los Angeles hometown, advertising the website. “Prophets Of Rage” is the name of a song from Rage’s comrades-in-arms Public Enemy, and PE frontman Chuck D has lately been posting live RATM videos on his Twitter, leading some to speculate that there’s a Rage/PE tour in the works.
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) May 17, 2016
Semi-reclusive frontman Zack De La Rocha has lately been getting out more, making guest appearances at Run The Jewels shows. If he’s ready to return to the stage full-time, that’s good news for all of us.
UPDATE: An anonymous source close to the band tells Rolling Stone that “This is not a Rage-specific reunion. There’s a lot more to it. There are a lot of moving parts, a lot of exciting news to be revealed.” The project will reportedly include “some of the members of Rage,” and there will be live shows. “Whether that’s one show, or five shows, I don’t know,” the source says. “There are more announcements to come.”
UPDATE 2: Billboard reports the project is a supergroup called Prophets Of Rage featuring all of RATM (guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford, and drummer Brad Wilk) except Zack de la Rocha, along with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real. Their first show is said to be 6/3 at the Hollywood Palladium and they will perform songs by all three groups.