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PROPHETS OF RAGE REVIEW

PROPHETS OF RAGE :: MAKING AMERICA RAGE AGAIN

Prophets of Rage is the newly formed¬†American rap-rock-metal force of revolutionary musicians consisting of three members of Rage Against the Machine (Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, Tim Commerford), two members of Public Enemy (Chuck D and DJ Lord) — and rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill. ¬†The band is a posse of socially¬†and politically kinetic¬†like minded musicians who raged and rocked and hip hopped¬†for their like minded audience in¬†last night’s¬†musical political rally at The Forum (Los Angeles). ¬†The Prophets of Rage concert was wild and intense and¬†reinvigorating — and not a soul left The Forum unchanged.

I haven’t been in a mosh pit since I saw Rage Against the Machine at Berkeley Square as a teen many moons ago. I got trampled to the ground and all 5’4″ of me couldn’t make my way back up for air. ¬†Some security¬†guy¬†pulled me and saved me — and I never stepped foot¬†in a mosh pit again.¬† (Except for a¬†Beasties show 5-10 years after that.)¬† And I haven’t had the urge until last night.


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The night was kicked off by activist and former schoolteacher¬†Mary Morello, a cool, progressive pioneer of a woman – who happens to be Tom Morello’s 92 year old mom. ¬†She set the tone of the night by walking up to the mic and greeting the audience and introducing the band as¬†“The best fucking band in the universe!”¬†That in¬†itself was a tough act to follow. ¬†But the band managed — and did so a million fold.

The show¬†was reminiscent of the testosteronic, high octane, politically charged and musically fueled days of the intimate Axis of Justice shows at the Hotel Cafe years ago. But now the gifted¬†loud riffs are¬†democratized to the mass – playing to a full house¬†at the Forum. ¬†Solidarity was manifested last night, adrenaline was pumped — and now we’re all ready, set and going to make America rage again!


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It was a ridiculous and sonically Utopian night with reliable classics like “Guerrilla Radio,” “Killing in the Name,” “No Sleep Til Brooklyn,” and “Take the Power Back” pumping our brains¬†and navigating our veins.


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photo courtesy of Tom Morello

Catch them if you haven’t already. ¬†The tour ends next month. ¬†Here’s to Prophets of Rage and all the Americans who heed their words.


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PROPHETS OF RAGE | THE FORUM

+++ Featured photo courtesy of Tom Morello

+++ AND STAY TUNED READERS:  Coming up on the blog are interviews with ARIANNA HUFFINGTON AND THE AWESOME, GORGEOUS + HILARIOUS MOON ZAPPA.