Rage Against The Machine’s Debut Album Returns to The Billboard 200 Charts on The Strength of Global Protests

Rage Against The Machine’s classic self-titled debut album has returned the Billboard 200 and theiTunes’ Top Albums chart, nearly 30 years since the LP was originally issued. The renewed interest in the effort comes in the wake of nationwide protests against police brutality following the police-involved death of George Floyd. According to Forbes, “Rage Against The Machine” landed at No. 174 on this week’s Billboard 200, and as of Thursday afternoon, it had reached No. 8 on iTunes’ Top Albums chart. Ghost Cult Magazine broke the news (and the internet) with the news the band was reuniting to play a series of benefits for families that are victims of ICE, as well as to headline Coachella 2020. Their 2020 worldtour is postponed to 2021 and Coachella has been canceled. 

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Rage Against The Machine Postpones Entire Reunion Tour Until 2021

Rage Against The Machine, citing safety measures during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, have announced the postponement and have rescheduled dates for its previously announced tour. RATM in the most hyped reunion of 2020, Zack De La Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford — was forced to postpone all of its 2020 shows. The next RATM tour will be their first tour dates since 2011. Ghost Cult broke the global news about the reunion, later confirmed by Forbes. The band was supposed to play its first concerts back together in March at several cities along or near the Mexican border, with several dozen U.S. and European dates booked through the end of the summer. The band released a statement on social media. Continue reading

Rage Against The Machine Postpones First Leg of Their Upcoming Tour

Rage Against The Machine has announced that are postponing the first leg of their reunion tour due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Due to the current outbreak and ban on public gatherings, we are postponing the first part of our tour (March 26th – May 20th) with RUN THE JEWELS,” the group said in a statement. “The safety and health of those who come to our shows is of the utmost importance to us.” Ghost Cult first broke the news internationally of their reunion and a subsequent headline gig at Coachella, since canceled. The first shows back together later this month were due to take place at several cities along or near the Mexican border near ICE detention centers, including El Paso; Las Cruses, New Mexico; and Phoenix, Arizona. Instead, they will now launch the trek on May 23 at Boston Calling. All previously purchased tickets will be honored at the rescheduled dates, which will be announced soon. Continue reading

Coachella Festival May Be Postponed Over Coronavirus Fears

As rumors have persisted, published reports by journalist Yashar Ali and was corroborated by Entertainment Tonight and Billboard.com The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has reportedly been postponed to October amid fears about the coronavirus outbreak. The event, which was set to take place in Indio, California, on April 10-12 and April 17-19, is expected to be postponed to the weekends of October 9 and October 16. The lineup was set to include headlining performances from Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and more. Coachella is the largest and arguably the most important music festival in the world, and sees an estimated 250,000 people attend Coachella each year over two back-to-back weekends at Empire Polo Club, about two hours outside of Los Angeles. The news of the postponement comes as authorities in the Coachella Valley region confirmed three new cases of the coronavirus on Monday. An online petition to call off Coachella this year has garnered more than 16,000 signatures. Continue reading

Tom Morello Responds to Fan Complaints of Rage Against The Machine’s High Ticket Prices

Fans of Rage Against The Machine were elated at the announcement of the return of the much-missed band for 2020. However, following the news that the band has booked a world tour this week, some expressed outrage at the high cost of tickets for the headline shows. Fans and haters have slammed the band, known for their activism and protests for being greedy at the high cost for shows (non-festivals). The band took some measures against scalpers as they have bought 10% of all the tour tickets to ensure those tickets are sold from the band – at a premium cost, but the extra money going to charity. In the midst of all of this, RATM guitarist and activist Tom Morello has taken to Twitter to assure fans that the high cost of tickets is due to scalpers and resellers. Tom claims that the full price for all tickets tops out at $125.00 USD. A high cost, for sure, but lower than many other concert tickets to other tours in 2020. Continue reading

Rage Against The Machine Tour Dates Leak

According to a published report by Metal Sucks, Rage Against The Machine’s 2020 reunion tour has released the first batch of dates beyond the previously announced West Coast tour and Coachella Festival headline Dates. The post with the dates and the admat poster appeared on Twitter over the weekend (November 23rd) and then hastily deleted. If the post is legit, RATM will perform at Hellfest in France, Rock in Rio in Brazil, Riot Fest in Chicago and Louder Than Life in Louisville, KY  which assumes RATM will headline one day of each fest. The tour is scheduled to visit Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, Colombia, Brazil, with additional dates in the U.S. Planned for next fall. Continue reading

UPDATED: Rage Against The Machine Reunion Confirmed, will Headline Coachella in 2020

After Ghost Cult broke the news earlier today, Forbes has confirmed with an associate of the band that Rage Against the Machine IS reuniting and headlining Coachella in 2020. While we wait for word from the band, this is amazing news!  Continue reading

UPDATED: Is Rage Against the Machine Plotting a Comeback?

UPDATE:  This rumor was confirmed an hour later via Forbes Magazine.This is strictly a Friday morning, water cooler rumor at this point, but there are indications, co-signed by Tom Morello on Instagram, that Rage Against The Machine may have booked a string of dates for spring 2020. An account popped up and posted dates at midnight on November 1st. A quick glance at Morello’s account has a post from earlier in the week, about the uprising in Chile. He tagged the leading fan source for RATM (they have been accurate in the past with intel about the related RATM projects). That page, @war_within_a_breath claims the band has booked the dates you can see below. Curiously the two April dates fall over the same weekends as Coachella 2020, which would be a no brainer for headline sets from the band. The last time RATM played together was July 2011, at Uprising Festival. Tomorrow is actually the 20th anniversary of their final original album, The Battle of Los Angeles (Epic Records). 2020 marks the anniversary of the covers album Renegades. Take this post with a LARGE grain of salt, but we’d love to see and hear a reunited Rage Against the Machine in 2020!

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Prophets of Rage (RATM, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill) to Release a New Song This Week

In a new interview with Mary Anne Hobbs of BBC Radio 6 Music, Tom Morello says there will be a new Prophets of Rage (RATM, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill) song released this week. This follows the recent stand-alone single ‘Made With Hate’, which released in June. More details about the bands’ new album, their third will be announced soon as well. “In light of the recent gun violence, we’ve got a very timely song that we’re gonna put out hopefully in the next couple of days,” he said. “Then beyond that, I think for PROPHETS OF RAGE, this will be our third studio record and really the one where I think we have to define who we are in 2019 and beyond, rather than just sort of a coming together of groups with notable catalogs, to really find our own sound and to continue to grow.” Continue reading

MY FAVORITE CONCERT MEMORY: Danny Garland of Phoxjaw

Bristol UK Math rock band Phoxjaw just completed a tour of the UK opening for Black Peaks last week. The band has supported their late 2018 EP Goodbye Dinosaur and earning rave reviews. Bassist/vocalist Danny Garland shares his Favorite Concert Memories ever with Ghost Cult since he couldn’t pick just one! Continue reading