Christmas has come early for rock fans. One day after My Chemical Romance announced they will reunite for one night in Los Angeles, December 20, Rage Against The Machine announced a series of dates for 2020, including Indio, California on the two weekends Coachella 2020 has been announced.
The dates were announced under the radar this morning on their social media. Wayne Kamemoto, a longtime associate of the band just said, “The band’s social media is accurate.”
The iconic band, who formed in 1991, haven’t played together since their 2011 L.A. Rising show at the Los Angeles Coliseum. In May of 2016, guitarist Tom Morello, drummer Brad Wilk and bassist Tim Commerford teamed with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real for Prophets Of Rage.
Frontman Zack de la Rocha, who last released solo material in 2016, has reportedly been working on new solo music for some time.
At the time Prophets Of Rage formed, Morello and others involved with the new supergroup expressed publicly they were forming the new group in response to the 2016 presidential election. So it is surely no coincidence that Rage, who first reunited in 2007, a year before the 2008 election, are coming back for a series of dates, starting in El Paso, Texas, March 26, 2020, eight months before the 2020 election.
Nor is it likely coincidence that thus far all the dates that have been announced are in the Southwest and near border towns.
The dates announced thus far are:
El Paso, TX, March 26, 2020
Las Cruces, NM, March 28, 2020
Phoenix, AZ, March 30, 2020
Indio, CA April 10, 2020
Indio, CA April 17, 2020
by Steve Baltin