RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Guitarist Previews Convention Shows

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:

Tags:

Posted in: News

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).