Still Raging Against The Machine At The G.O.P. Convention

By Camiele White 2008-09-03 12:58:31
It seems the boys in Rage Against the Machine still have a great deal to rage against.

What was supposed to be a peaceful performance in Minnesota yesterday turned out to be a raucous protest against censorship. Sources at NME.com explained the band planned to make an impromptu appearance at the Ripple Effect—a left-wing rally coinciding with the Republican Party Convention. However, the forces that be were none too thrilled to allow the band to play, and essentially pulled the plug on their performance.

So what did they do? What could they do?

I think the only logical thing that one can think of in a situation like this, is to perform to 200 people with a megaphone in one hand a picket sign in the other (the picket sign, of course, being metaphorical). The band and its followers marched on State Capitol Lawn in St. Paul and started raging like nobody’s business.

Apparently, Rage didn’t have the proper documentation to perform and were held back from doing so. When it became clear that the band were going to be forced to sit quietly until the show was over, the crowd started chanting the “Star Spangled Banner” and the mantra of Rage Against the Machine, “Fuck you! I won’t do what you tell me!”

Zach de la Rocha, Rage’s more than outspoken frontman, and guitarist Tom Morello walked to the front of the throng and sang two of their hits, “Bulls on Parade” and “Killing in the Name” acappella. The scene only got more intense when they led the multitude of scrappy protesters to the Xcel Energy Centre, prompting even more of a commotion as they went along.

It seems that the reasons behind the band’s tardiness to the event are under close speculation, sources at NME.com have stated. Stage and logistics manager, Caitlin Burns, had this to say: “A state patrolman held the band and wouldn't let them enter (backstage) until it was too late.” So much for trying to keep your dealings under wraps.

Cpt. Mary Scharder of the Minnesota PD said on behalf of the force, “The concert ended on time. Actually it was quite a peaceful day of music otherwise,” denying that Rage’s show was cut early.

There isn’t much more to say on this situation. Censorship is obviously alive and well in this day and age, and there doesn’t seem to be much we can do to stop it. Guess we’ll all have to pick up in the wake of this protest and “rage, rage against the dying of the light” (just had to throw that out there for all my literary music nuts).

You can check out the raging against the machine by going here.
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