RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE will reunite for a number of shows in early 2020, including an appearance at next year’s Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival.
So far, the following dates have been announced:
Mar. 26 – El Paso, TX
Mar. 28 – Las Cruces, NM⠀⠀⠀
Mar. 30 – Phoenix, AZ⠀
Apr. 10 – Indio, CA (Coachella)⠀⠀⠀⠀
Apr. 17 – Indio, CA (Coachella)
The news of the reunion broke early this morning when an Instagram account with the handle “rageagainstthemachine” shared a list of 2020 dates. According to Forbes, “Wayne Kamemoto, a longtime associate of the band, just said, ‘The band’s social media is accurate.'”
It should be noted that none of the members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE have addressed the reunion reports yet, but actress/musician Juliette Lewis, who is in a relationship with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk, liked the original Instagram post.
RATM fan page @war_within_a_breath posted: “THIS IS NOT A DRILL! RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE announced five shows for 2020 on their new Instagram. Along with other sources close to RATM, Juliette Lewis (who is dating Brad) confirmed to me the announcement is real.” The RATM fan page added: “To everyone asking me if this is real: I would NEVER joke about something this serious, I would NEVER post ‘rumors’ if I couldn’t back it up with solid proof. This isn’t a dream, this is real life.”
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE last played together in 2011 at L.A. Rising and has resisted calls for a reunion, with vocalist Zach De La Rocha previously believed to be the lone holdout. Guitarist Tom Morello and his fellow RAGE bandmates Tim Commerford (bass) and Wilk have since teamed up with PUBLIC ENEMY‘s Chuck D. and CYPRESS HILL‘s B-Real in the similarly styled PROPHETS OF RAGE.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE recorded three original studio albums and one set of covers before breaking up in 2000. The group reformed in 2007 but only played sporadic gigs and never a full tour. Morello said in 2012, “We’d have to agree to go on one. Once a year, the band meets and very seriously discusses and turns down awesome offers to tour the world.”