Putting the band back together

’80s baby that I am, I couldn’t help but be kinda jazzed when I read not too long ago that the organizers of the Coachella Valley Arts Festival, out in the California desert, had convinced Rage Against the Machine to reunite for a one-off gig a la Pink Floyd at last year’s Live 8 benefit.

I even thought about going, but then my slackerdom got the best of me. I mean, it’s hard enough for me to roll off of the couch at noon to type this bullshit, let alone travel halfway across the country to stand on a parking lot in the desert with a buncha wasted cracka-ass crackas.

With the way I drink, I could fuck around and have a heat stroke at the ripe old age of 26.

You’ll recall that I missed my one good chance to see Rage back at their peak. I had tickets to see them when they went on tour with the Wu-Tang Clan back in 1997 (10 years ago this summer – yikes!), but I got a refund once I heard the Wu wasn’t going to be there.

Later on, I heard from some people I knew who went that it was pretty much the best concert evar. Crap! But how was I supposed to know they were going to break up three years later and that that was pretty much my only shot at seeing one of the best live acts of that era?

Coachella doesn’t actually take place until the end of April, but I read the other day it that it’s more or less sold out. I couldn’t go now if I wanted to. But I was heartened to read just yesterday that the post-Rage Against the Machine abortion that is Audioslave is no more.

Sweet!

It’s a good thing any time a shitty band breaks up, but I wonder: with that BS out of the way, could the coast be clear for a full-on Rage reunion? In fact, I wonder if it’s not just a coincidence that we’re only learning about this now that all of the Coachella passes have sold out.

Granted, they haven’t officially gotten back together yet, let alone announced they were going on tour or anything, but it does seem a lot more likely now. I mean, they’re all still alive, and do you know how much money these groups can make going on tour ten years after the fact?

A few years ago, the Pixies, who had a similarly nasty breakup back in the early 90′s, got back together to play whatever the big festival is in Chicago, maybe Lollapalooza. From what I understand, they made more money on that day alone than they made in some years.

And that’s just the Pixies. I mean, they were noted as a big influence on Nirvana, and I think they did once open for U2, but they never were very popular back when they were actually a going concern. Rage, meanwhile, was genuinely one of the biggest rock bands of their era.

If they actually get back together, it could be huge. I know I’d be game.

  • Mike

    This Is Not Hip Hop Who Gives A Flying Fuck About Rage Against The Machine? When have they been In the XXL?

  • thoreauly77

    wouldnt you say that zach de la rocha is an emcee, mike?

  • crimerate

    Rage is hip hop you off-brand dumbfuck. They’re like the Roots with a hardcore angle. The percussion is on some boom-bap shit, and Tom Morrello’s guitar basically fills in for a dj cuttin and scratchin. Add in politically charged RAPS, and you’ve got the only band to successfully combine the two genres of hard rock and hip hop without coming off as herbs.

  • crimerate

  • EReal

    Rage is one of my favorite bands of all time.
    Back in the day id have all my rap and hiphop Cd’s, N.W.A., Ice Cube, Snoop, Dre, Mobb, JayZ, Nas, Biggie, and there would sit Rage, ready to bring it.
    They are so political and have so many things to say, so many points to make, that if you haven’t heard any Rage you’re missing out, str8^.
    Rage, to me, was one of the original rap rock crossovers, along with 311 (only grassroots and 311, everything after has been shit). I wasnt really into rock, I was always into hiphop, but the way they brought the rock with the rap twist, it actually allowed me to broaden my horizons and not think so closed minded about music in general (cough cough). Or polotics for that matter, I was pretty young when they first dropped Rage with the guy on fir on the cover so they were my first taste of anarchial anti political madness besides Public Enemy.
    Im all about a Rage reunion, and a new album. I mean shit, they must have mad shit to go off about with the government now adays, LOL.

    It was my understanding that it was Zach Dela Rocha that left the band (dont quote me on that) and thats why they broke up. So I guess it would be on Zach (if thats the case and memory serves) to bring back the band.

    I for one would be stoked as fuck about this, and I think more tours like the up in smoke and family values tours that blend Rock / Rap / Rap Rock, ect. need to happen. To me it’s benificial to all and opens up new mindsets for those that are ignorant about music.

    1 hunned.

  • Incilin

    Rage is by far my fave band (Their also the only rock band I own the whole discography of). If they get back together it would be amazing. and at this point I already got my hopes up and it seems inevitable. And not a moment too soon either.

    Throughout the Bush adminsitration and the war in Iraq I been waiting to hear some real poltical influenced raps like PE or just classic protest like “All Along the Watchtower” and they never really came. Jada touched a nerve with Why, and Em had something good with Mosh (Even tho the video was better than the song itself). but overall there haven’t been any good poltical songs out there (kanyes comments were great, but that wasnt a song)in fact, no genere of music has made any decent songs on a poltical scale in a long time. Hopefully if Rage gets back together they will make that kind of music, which is exactly what they did back then and they were by far the best at it.

  • EReal

    LOL @ Jabba teh Bol rollin off the couch on the real.

    Talkin bout havin a stroke at the age of 26, hahaha. Just listen to Doug E Fresh’s Stroke song, so you know when it happens Jabba.

    U a fool Bol, lmao.

  • Stax On Deck

    WTF TOILET BOL??!! Who gives a fuck about Rage..Machine? FUCK EM. BETTER BLOG PLEASE!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/16kingz da’realestwritin’

    rock is cool but let’s let them have they own blog shit ya’ dig? get back to the raps my nigga, we live money ova’ bitches nigga stick to the script!

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    I can’t wait to see them play… i never got a chance when they were together…

    Ur voice is still creepy Bol!

  • Yinka

    rock is cool but let’s let them have they own blog shit ya’ dig? get back to the raps my nigga, we live money ova’ bitches nigga stick to the script!

    ^^^

    Is this what’s killing hip hop? It’s funny tho!

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Bol your stupid…no I take that back…your a moron…Rage Against the Machine…I aint even got no words for this…over and out…

  • http://www.MOREMENOCAL.com Andres Menocal

    You write for Rolling-Stone magazine nwo Bol lol. Hopefully one day they will bring back Ace of Base.

    http://www.MOREMENOCAL.com

  • Malik C.

    How can you call someone and moron and not even spell “you’re” correctly?

    Anyone, Rage is great. EREAL, yes Zach left Rage after that shit they called an album Renegades dropped. The other members also didn’t want to be so completely politically motivated. Seeing as how they only joined up with Chris on the condition they didn’t do any political songs.

    Anyway, I’ve love to get a new Rage album only if ol boy turns the damn guitar down so I can here Zach.

  • ali

    of course your game Bol, your white.

  • 6-100

    Bol, why is it that the lil’ nigglets arent responding to this days particular blog? I thought them Rage boys rapped? Maybe they need a snap track.
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    P.S. Why did my investagavtive googling of shocking MC Serch revelations get erased from the last “White Rapper Show” entry?

  • john cochran

    You must not like rap anymore

  • thatdukeSuave

    Bol, dawg….
    Damn, now I know you got your panties caught up when that Asian/Korean/wtf ever she was called you out, and you realized that once you showed your face in that interview she would know what you look like and there’s a better than the chance that Big Pun jumps out of the grave and wins the NY Marathon than there is of you even glimpsing her hatchet wound. But if you wanted to write for Rolling Stone, go audition for the next season of “Hi I’m from Rolling Stone” (God forbid a new season happens).
    I dig Rage and all, but I read your blog for at least some sort of Hip Hop-themed rants, true or ridiculous as they sometimes are. Keep it real doggie, write about Rage at bc dot c. I promise I probably won’t read it there either though.

  • the one

    Mike Says:

    February 16th, 2007 at 2:41 pm
    This Is Not Hip Hop Who Gives A Flying Fuck About Rage Against The Machine? When have they been In the XXL?
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    EX-FUCKIN-ACTLY!!!

  • jacquez
  • sDOT

    Bol,

    FYI… you can still get tickets for Coachella. They don’t have the single day passes anymore. You have to by the 3 day pass, but I still think it is worth it (plus if you don’t want to go to the other two days, just sell them; you would make a killing selling the other two tickets separately on Ebay). The Roots, Ghostface, Lupe, Damien Marley, the 3 days are definately worth the $250. I got mine the day they went on sale. I cannot wait for the RATM show that Sunday night.

  • Domjel

    Tom ain’t Zack, but Audioslave’s last album is pretty nice. But I’m game as well.

  • http://www.myspace.com/16kingz da’realestwritin’

    fuck!! xxl mag please post some good damn music, that last couple of joints y’all posted was straight garbage, and some new everything mofo’s it’s friday nad i’m stuck in this punk ass cubicle wit’ nuttin’ to do but look at myspace hoes or fuck wit’ dis site so’ ya’ll gotta step it up cuz’ i got female co-workers and they like seein’ all dat shit (jealousy..yeah!)anwayz i wa jus bored as hell, bol what up my nigga! (i use that term loosely) jack-in-the box got a sale goin’ on let’s get down dere’ before the bums and the crackheads hit up the good dumpster my dude!

  • Big Work

    That’d be awesome if RATM got back together. Everyone knows Audioslave is the combination of two great bands into one mediocre one.

  • Yinka

    da’realestwritin’ Says:

    February 16th, 2007 at 4:17 pm
    fuck!! xxl mag please post some good damn music

    ^^^

    That’s actually the realest shit you ever wrote! Bottom line we ALL know (ok those of us with skulls that have brains in them!) that for the most part rappers aint bringin that fiyah rite now! So yeah BOL gonna get his cracka-ass-cracka on and starting bangin out his RATM cos he can flip over to that just as easy! Come on you know BOL uses words just a little bit longer than the average rap fan and he says “jigs” ALOT!

    So XXL yeah get some hot joints or the next time you see BOL will be in a moshpit!

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    Hopefully Rage Against The Machine start to record music again. Zach De La Rocha rapping about politics > any living mc rapping about anything.

  • BIG ROB

    I guess all the other idiots that dont think Rage is Hip Hop, dont know what Hip Hop is. Is not only about throwing some D’s on it or Popping your gun or stacking your chips. Open your minds up you idiots and stop watching BET and MTV. I cant believe is just defended fat ass BOl.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Malik C. Says:

    February 16th, 2007 at 3:38 pm
    How can you call someone and moron and not even spell “you’re” correctly?

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    well if it aint the kettle callin the pot black…”How can you call someone AND moron and not even spell…”

    word to the wise…God dont like ugly…

    also…this is a MB not a english exam dick…YOUR such a fuckin loser…

  • 123

    If I owned XXL I would of fired your oreo-ass a long time ago Bol. You fuckin’ cracka-ass-cracka!

  • j

    battle for los angeles was terrible… comercialized rage is a no go. frst two album were unreal. if they get back togetherwatch they go thecommercial route again. puh. although ive seen them live twice and youll never find a tighter act.saw them with the beasties at the free mumia show … best show i ever saw.

  • Tyler

    Who cares? They are tight but they shit not fuckin’ wit’ this shit:

    http://www.myspace.com/marcusorealiusmusic

    http://www.myspace.com/marcmaysrockandrollthug

  • CheeseEggsWelch’sGrape

    Battle of Los Angeles was a good album, not as good as eponymous or evil empire. Also, this comment board is proof that ignorant people CAN use computers.

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE Says:

    February 16th, 2007 at 4:54 pm
    Malik C. Says:

    February 16th, 2007 at 3:38 pm
    How can you call someone and moron and not even spell “you’re” correctly?

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    well if it aint the kettle callin the pot black…”How can you call someone AND moron and not even spell…”

    word to the wise…God dont like ugly…

    also…this is a MB not a english exam dick…YOUR such a fuckin loser…
    ^^^^^^^
    Being educated > not knowing how to spell

    Seriously though NBRED you’d like RATM just listen to their song “people of the sun.” Also according to you black rock has more “soul” well their guitarist is black and the mc in the group is a mexican that raps about overthrowing the government.

  • Chanel

    Isn’t Bol over? Didn’t Sunday out his ass on his Blog? Bol is a net geek with a password and blog account.

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    R.I.P BIG L

  • BREEZE

    cosign RIP Big L

    Yall need to be more open minded with music. Rage Against the Machine is good shit. yeah its a lil hardcore and crazy, but its hype as fuck. look at rap now and so many artist are trying to mix rock into their songs. Bol nice post

  • http://www.thediceoflife.net thediceoflife

    You are the whackest blogger ever.

  • Ogeezy

    Hip-Hop you piece of shit, HIP-HOP!!!!

  • Omar

    If Rage gets back together, fuck this bullshit that y’all call hip-hop, you bitches can have it, I’m rocking with Rage. I actually agree with Bol. Damn.

  • fla all day

    ive never seen rage against the machine in xxl mag

  • http://ascensive.net jAy

    rage is hip hop. i dont see the difference between them and the roots, in fact i saw them both in 97 when wu-tang couldnt keep it together and the roots took their place.

    that marcmay stuff is cool, but i still dont think any rap/rock can stand up to the band (hed)p.e., from their self-titled album or Broke. their old stuff is bad though, but check out those two albums, someone.
    jAy

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    ^Well, what if Fiddy signed Rage to G-Unit?

  • Hurricane Game

    Rage?
    I’m not even goin to say anything to this poorly written Blog.

  • http://ascensive.net jAy

    rage is hiphop. i dont see the difference between them and the roots, in fact i saw rage and the roots in 97 when wu-tang couldnt keep it together on tour and the roots took their place.

    as far as rap rock bands, i dont think any in the 98-til now did it better than a UK band One Minute Silence, (Hed)p.e.’s self titled Jive release and their albumm Broke, and early Papa Roach before them getting signed.
    jAy

  • richardda3rd

    hey i liked audioslave haha

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    ratm is the shit.props to bol for blogging bout them on xxl so ppl check em out.

    bol:ur mannerisms r still gay though…dont worry i wont tell any body…

  • Jaguar_Paw

    ratm is the shit.props to bol for blogging bout them on xxl so ppl check em out.

    bol:ur mannerisms r still gay though…dont worry i wont tell any body…

  • 1st down

    Rage is more true to what hip hop really is all about than basically 90% of the mcs out there right now. They’ve always been original with their sound, and they speak out on real shit, giving a voice to the struggle. Which is what hip hop was from the start before it got taken over by the TIs and commercialism.

    And as a side note. Zach de la rocha = better mc than lil wayne.

  • RogerRoger

    It’s kind of an insult to call such a socially conscious and innovative group of musicians like ‘Rage’ hip-hop…it belittles how amazing they are and what a impact there music has had on pop culture. “Hip-hop” is just a hustlers game for societiies failures to pretend to be business men/artist.

  • iizdarealzcoonz

    who govez a fuckz dat bez honry musaz

  • http://myspace.com/delgodostrangelove Delgodo

    I think that it is really funny that cats are quick to call this current day nursery school, know nothing rap, Hip-Hop. But will deny some hard meaningful shit over hard beats. For those who claim to love hip-hop but don’t know shit about how it started we rocked over any beat no matter who made it as long as it was banging! So hence the term “sampling” before samplers were widely used. The Last Poets stated that a certain type of negro was afraid of Revolution. But you would probably say that The Last Poets were not Hip-Hop and neither was James Brown or U-Roy. Like the music just materialized out of thin air. Go read a book because this culture is too advanced for your small mindedness!

    http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/OUTBODIES

  • http://myspace.com/delgodostrangelove Delgodo

    I think that it is really funny that cats are quick to call this current day nursery school, know nothing rap, Hip-Hop. But will deny some hard meaningful shit over hard beats. For those who claim to love hip-hop but don’t know shit about how it started we rocked over any beat no matter who made it as long as it was banging! So hence the term “sampling” before samplers were widely used. The Last Poets stated that a certain type of negro was afraid of Revolution. But you would probably say that The Last Poets were not Hip-Hop and neither was James Brown or U-Roy. Like the music just materialized out of thin air. Go read a book because this culture is too advanced for your small mindedness!

    http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/OUTABODIES

  • http://www.myspace.com/rcvthamc RCV tha MC

    Shit Bol I didn’t know you bump Rage, that’s my shit too.

  • Looms

    Rage Against The Machine can’t even save the shit-sandwich lineup that is the Coachella Festival.
    I can guarantee you that the entire show is gonna be a bunch of 30-something mouth-breathing bro-bras with backwards baseball hats & goatees tying to relive their high school & college days. Fuck, they might as well have booked Limp Bizkit & Korn while they were at it.
    Enjoy your $6 bottle of water while you protest global corporate dominance, suckers!

  • derfla the hus’la

    Iam really not into that kind of shit but it’s not coz iam afraid of some revolution or something but coz I think rage is wack them fools are jus wack rather bumb that Bob Marley all day than them wack asses………….. want real political revolution listen to Bob Marley, Lucky Dube peter Tosh, Alpha Blondy now thats real quality music you can listen to…..and rage is not hiphop jus coz they had a rapper in their band doe’s not make them hiphop neither is limpbizkit.

  • THAT_BOY_NOAH

    I BUMP RAGE EVERY NOW AND THEN…

  • marlon

    Is this a rock n roll site?

  • Belize

    fukc rock..is this xxl?

  • television

    tinyurl.com/3akyx6

  • Boner Jams 03

    Rage is hip hop….i dont give a fuck what yall say

  • projectnrm

    I completely agree with everything you said here, Bol.

    I’d give my left arm to hear “Bulls on Parade” live.

  • Stephon Johnson

    Rage Albums In Order of Best to Worst:

    1. Self-titled debut (incredible)
    2. Battle of Los Angeles (very innovative even though folks didn’t like the commercial bent of the album…love Calm Like A Bomb)
    3. Evil Empire (very mediocre, but had some great tunes on it “Bulls on Parade” and “Down Rodeo” are my faves)

  • ill will

    bol trying to help people not musically ignorant to end ignorance get it?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • http://djxplicit.blogspot.com http://djxplicit.blogspot.com

    nice blues brothers reference, bol.
    i dont know, zack has been trying pretty hard to get out a solo album, but he keeps recording and deleting it, axl rose style. tom morello is doing some odd solo stuff. i think its folk or something. the rhythm secion, who cares. with audioslave gone, they probably will have probably not a lot of choice.

    however, bol, wouldnt you agree if they got together “for the money”? this is rafe, after all. theyre supposed to pretend like they hate money and capitalism and whatnot.

    ive seen some press releases, and they say rage is playing a show “to deliver the final blow to the bush administration”. which is ridiculous. but still, if they want to use that lame excuse, that the US of A needs RATM music so that bush will blow up or something, time is running out. they will have a lot less to complain about if say, obama gets in office. right now is probably one of the better times for the reunion, since except for maybe tom, they dont really have any projects established.

  • http://djxplicit.blogspot.com http://djxplicit.blogspot.com

    and to the fuckers saying “fuck rock this isnt rap”…first off dont be such close minded retards, rock music is awesome. and second, rage against the machine IS a rap group. their music was more public enemy than it was KISS, the guy RAPPED, they played grandmaster flash and eric b & rakim and NWA songs, i mean…what the fuck? how stupid can you be?

  • Atl’s own

    who gives a fuck?

    dis is XXL do hip-hop topics or at least black ones!

    i mean seriously!

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    Rage is hip hop…..and if any of you are concerned about rock being a white boy thing their guitarist is black and their mc is mexican

  • http://djxplicit.blogspot.com http://djxplicit.blogspot.com

    “the guitar was a black thing last i checked”
    -Chuck D of PUBLIC ENEMY

  • Looms

    I wonder if this is Zach De la Rocha’s last ditch attempt at doing something musically. I’ve heard a couple of songs that he did solo & they were definately booty.
    Last I heard, he can’t keep a producer. None of them can deal with his monster sized ego.

  • VICK

    Some real shit Rage is the best band ever

  • cacapoopoo

    http://djxplicit.blogspot.com Says:

    February 18th, 2007 at 9:47 pm
    “the guitar was a black thing last i checked”
    -Chuck D of PUBLIC ENEMY

    chuck d rocked with rage. rage against the machine live and rare.
    zach also did a song with krs-one. so if that aint fucking hip hop then what is?

  • derfla the hus’la

    lol @ dump fucks who consider rage hiphop funny thing rage never considered themselves hiphop………they have always been an alternative rock band and focused mo on rock and did jus a bit of rapping ,time you dumb fucks know the difference between “Rap” and “hiphop” logicly the people who would get this shit twisted are the white dudes who don’t know shit about hiphop and jus want rage to be a part of hiphop so they can be considered cool and shit well they are not. fine dudes where influenced by run- d- mc but they only influenced their rap.

    next thing yall will be saying limpbizkit is hiphop well that fred homo guy raps does’nt he? so are they hiphop? how bout kid rock I’ve heard him say a few ryhmes in he’s music is he hiphop?.

  • Jigga

    i hope they reunite!

  • http://pesubmityournews.info/ Arnold Ringley

    Do you know of the article reminds me of one other same a bed that I read in other places?