Goodbye Rage Against the Machine. Again.
Drummer Brad Wilk has told The Pulse of the Radio that the highly idealistic, platinum-selling rap-rockers have in all likelihood played their final show. Or, more accurately, that Rage’s final performance actually took place a few years ago, namely in 2011 at the LA Rising Festival.
“Well, as far as I know, we played our last show in 2011 at the Coliseum, and if that was our last show, that’s a good way to go out,” Wilk said. “I sort of had to put it in my head that that band is over in order for me to just move on with my life, to be honest with you, so that’s kind of where that lies. The Coliseum—awesome way to go out.”
As you might recall, the highly politicized—and stupidly brilliant—rap-rockers first called it a day back in 2000. At that time, singer Zack de la Rocha stated: “I feel that it is now necessary to leave Rage because our decision-making process has completely failed. It is no longer meeting the aspirations of all four of us collectively as a band, and from my perspective, has undermined our artistic and political ideal.”
In hindsight, the breakup came at an awful time; three years later America was at war in Iraq and one of few bands that might have been able to galvanize the youth of America against the Republican Right was AWOL.
Rage Against the Machine reunited in 2007 for Coachella. Since then the band has only done sporadic live shows, turning down requests from promoters to do full-blown tours.
Looking on the bright side of all this, rap-rock fans can take solace in the fact that Limp Bizkit is not only back in action, but hard at work recording Stampede of the Disco Elephants.