When Rage Against The Machine decides to go on tour again, it's not just for the pleasure of diving back into its powerful rap rock repertoire that marked the 1990s. It's also because these tireless protesters still have reason to be angry.
From the first concert of the Public Service Announcement tour, July 9, in Milwaukee, RATM, headliner of the Festival d'été de Québec, Saturday evening, on the Plains of Abraham, targeted its enemies of 2022.
On the screen giant, the message “Abort the Supreme Court” appeared, while Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk concluded with ferocity Freedom, one of the songs which made the door- banner of a generation in fury, now more than a quarter of a century ago.
Obviously the anger still rumbles.
Originally scheduled for 2020, this meeting seemed intended to counterbalance Donald Trump's campaign to retain the White House.
A pandemic upended plans and Trump was defeated, but the decision to the Supreme Court to overturn the judgment of Roe v. Wade, allowing states to restrict or prohibit access to abortion, raised the ire of the quartet, always ready to defend those left behind in society.
Resist must prevail
In an interview he gave to Journal in 2016, the virtuoso guitarist Tom Morello once said that even though RATM's music is highly politicized, he never thought of putting his name on a ballot.
“You cannot be elected without raising large sums of money and the money does not come from the homeless. What is good with a rock band is that you can say and do what you want. No lobbyist can influence us.
Morello also said that it was normal for punchy songs like Killing In The Name, People of the Sun and Guerilla Radio remain relevant despite the passage of the years.
“As injustice always prevails, resistance to injustice must prevail. These songs still resonate because people are sickened. »
“The James Brown of punk rock”
Even if long breaks now space their tours (after breaking up in 2000, the group reformed in 2007 before going on hiatus again until this year), the members of Rage Against The Machine never totally lost touch.
Morello, Wilk and Commerford formed the bands Audioslave, with the late Chris Cornell, and Prophets of Rage, with B-Real and Chuck D, of Cypress Hill and Public Enemy respectively.
These projects came to fruition without singer Zack de la Rocha. Although they have not always taken the same roads, Tom Morello confessed to NME magazine that he had boundless admiration for his old accomplice.
“He is the greatest frontman of the story. The James Brown of punk rock.
Unfortunately, de la Rocha may be forced to moderate his enthusiasm on Saturday evening due to an injury suffered last Monday in Chicago, which forced him to sing while seated during RATM's latest performances.
After waiting so long for this first visit to Quebec, festival-goers will welcome him, regardless of his condition. Is Dave Grohl's chair still available?
Rage Against The Machine, preceded by Vulgar Machins and Alexisonfire, Saturday evening, 9:30 p.m., on the plains of Abraham. Strollers prohibited, passes required for all.