RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE recently announced plans to perform during both the Democratic and Republican Conventions. The group will first play a free show August 27 at the Denver Coliseum in conjunction with the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) and Tent State University. Guitarist Tom Morello told The Pulse of Radio why RAGE has aligned itself with the veterans'organization. "They have something that neither George W. Bush nor I have — that is, that they've served under fire," he said. "So I think that their tales from the frontlines and the things that they've seen and been involved in and their perspective on the war is a very important one, that it's very important for the Democrats to know, because the Democratic Congress was elected two years ago to end the war, and completely failed."
RAGE will then visit Minneapolis to play a gig on September 3 — the same week the Republican National Convention takes place in nearby St. Paul. Morello outlined RAGE's agenda for that week. "At the RNC, we're gonna give 'em hell," he said. "We're there to support the protesters and to be among them, and let our voices be known that these crimes shall not stand, and while the world spotlight is on St. Paul and Minneapolis, we're gonna be there too. We're gonna be on the side of the barbed wire fence with the rest of America that's being kept out."
Other acts performing directly as part of the Democratic convention on August 26 are DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, DAUGHTRY, EVERCLEAR and FLOBOTS.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's most recent North American performance was at Lollapalooza earlier this month. The group has several European festival shows on its schedule for later in August. No other U.S. shows have been confirmed beyond the convention-related gigs.
Tom Morello will issue a new solo set as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, called "The Fabled City", on September 30.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE at Lollapalooza 2008, Grant Park, Chicago, August 2, 2008: