Photo By Danny Clinch
Story By Brian Furman
It’s safe to say that Tom Morello is one of the most inventive and political-minded guitarists of all time. So when a clock began ticking down days on the Rage Against the Machine Twitter account, people assumed that the band was reuniting- and rightfully so given the political climate in America. What better way to up the ante than to scream some down home RATM barn burners?
Alas, it was not meant to be, but we got the next best thing. Prophets of Rage combines ¾ of Rage Against the Machine with Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford, combined with the MC stylings of Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real. The group performed RATM, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill classics, as well as a few of their own newly penned songs at their first show at the Whisky a Go-Go in Los Angeles on May 31st. Many of the Public Enemy and Cypress Hill tunes had been “Rage – ified” and the two MC’s had a small set in the middle of the show where the three members of RATM took a break and DJ Lord assisted to showcase their talents.
RATM vocalist Zach de la Rocha is noticeably absent from the project, but who to better temporarily fill his shoes than two masters of their game.
Prophets of Rage will be playing a second show at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on June 3rd.