The politically inclined band has been dormant for quite a while, having sat out virtually the entire George W. Bush reign. Of course, that was after helping get him into office by playing a protest concert outside the 2000 Democratic Convention, during which they insisted there was no difference whatsoever before Republican candidate Bush and Democratic candidate Al Gore.
Happily, Rage reformed in time for a successful late 2009 campaign to push an old single of theirs up to the No. 1 spot on the British singles charts.
This past May, the reformed Rage started an advocacy group to protest SB 1070, the new Arizona law that’s been widely accused of fostering racial profiling. (You can check out our June 1 IndyBlog to read about that group, as well as Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham's counter-argument that bands should go to Arizona and feature anti-SB 1070 displays at their concerts.)
So yesterday, Rage boldly climbed even further out on a limb by announcing:
SOUNDSTRIKE ARTISTS RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, CONOR OBERST AND THE MYSTIC VALLEY BAND TO PLAY HISTORIC CONCERT TO BENEFIT ARIZONA ORGANIZATIONS FIGHTING SB 1070
While calling the concert "historic" may be a bit hyped-up, it will definitely raise money for an important cause. You can read about it here.
But that's not all, folks. The music site Pitchfork writes today that:
Meanwhile, a group of Arizona bands have formed a group called Artists for Action, which encourages bands to come to Arizona to protest the law. Calexico and Jimmy Eat World are both involved. In a press release, Calexico's Joey Burns says, "We're asking artists to take a stand, make their voices heard, and inspire fans to get involved. Now is the time when art can make a difference. Now is the time for action."
So what do you think? (Angry Rage Against the Machine fan comments begin in 10, 9, 8 ... )