Since the announcement of this year’s Coachella lineup, music fans have been buzzing about the headlining performance by reunited Rage Against the Machine. The rockers had insisted that the gig was a one-off, one-time-only appearance, following their break-up in 2000. They have since had a change of heart. And, as an added bonus, the Wu-tang Clan will be involved.
According to Billboard, Rage will team up with Wu-tang, also recently reunited, for three shows this coming summer. Resurrecting an aborted, controversial idea from way back in 1997, the two groups will appear together for this year’s Rock the Bells Festival.
No other acts have been announced, but the events will take place on Aug. 11 in San Bernadino, Calif.; Aug. 18 in San Francisco; and July 28 at New York's Randalls Island, marking the event’s East Coast debut.
"It's definitely our fans' dream billing," says Rock the Bells organizer Chang Weisberg.
Rage and the Wu-tang, back together again and ready to take over. In 1997, it would have been a pairing of two of the biggest acts in America. This summer, it will be two legendary acts pulling a Blues Brothers and joining forces to do what they do best.
Hopefully there will be plenty of security on hand, as there will undoubtedly be far too much adrenaline pumping through each venue.
The Wu-tang Clan is currently at work finishing up its first new album since 2001, 8 Diagrams. The gang hasn't performed live together since the inaugural Rock the Bells in 2004, with original, since-deceased member Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
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