Spare a thought for those just realising Rage Against The Machine are political

Rage Against The Machine aren’t exactly subtle when it comes to their political leanings – we mean, it’s right there in the name.

But it seems for some people, the guitars were drowning out the message.

RATM guitarist Tom Morello hit back at a former fan who was furious at the ‘political BS’ that the band, famous for songs like Killing In The Name (about police brutality) and Bulls On Parade (a critique of the tactics of world leaders and the US military), were spouting.

The former Rage fan named Scott tweeted at Morello: ‘I use to be a fan until your political opinions come out. Music is my sanctuary and the last thing I want to hear is political bs when i’m listening to music. 

‘As far as i’m concerned you and Pink are completely done. Keep running your mouth and ruining your fan base.’

Yes, Pink was even dragged into this mess.

Morello wrote for Rolling Stone: ‘Paul Ryan’s love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.

‘I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of “F*** the Police”? Or is it the one where we call on the people to seize the means of production? So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings!’

So yeah, basically – Rage Against The Machine, pretty political. 

After an eight-year hiatus, the band – Morello, vocalist Zack De La Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk – confirmed they were embarking on a world tour in 2020.

However, the tour – including headlining spots at Coachella and Reading & Leeds – has been postponed to 2021, due to the global pandemic. 

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