Mostly Credited As: Rage Against the Machine
Birth Name: Rage Against The Machine
Date Of Birth: 1991
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California
Rage Against the Machine is a rock band who formed in 1991 in Los Angeles. The RATM lineup consists of: Zack de la Rocha on vocals, Tom Morello on guitar, Brad Wilk on drums, and Tim Commerford on bass. Their first private performance was at a friend of Tim's living room party, and they decided they had something. They took their name from the title of Zack's previous band's unreleased second album. They played a few shows, and were almost immediately contacted by several labels. However, they all seemed to think the politics were a gimmick, and Rage didn't bother with them. Their earliest demos were recorded "before ever playing live" and were for sale at their shows, and they made and sold about 5000 copies. They signed with Epic after a short time, and their self-titled debut album on Epic (a division of Sony) was released in November, 1992. They toured in support of various bands and gained more and more recognition; their debut album went platinum. The band broke up in 2000 due to some disagreements between de la Rocha and the rest of the band. Morello, Wilk, and Commerford joined Chris Cornell to form a band called Audioslave. In February of 2007 however, all four Rage members performed together in concert thus marking the beginning of an RATM reunion.
Rage Against The Machine - 1992 3x Platinum
Evil Empire - 1996 3x Platinum
The Battle Of Los Angeles - 1999 2x Platinum
Renegades - 2000 Platinum
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During their performance of "Wake Up" at Coachella, Zach de la Rocha said that the Bush administration "needs to be tried, hung and shot ... like the war criminals they are."
After Rage broke up, they released Renegades, an album consisting entirely of covers. Some of the songs on this album included Bruce Springsteen's "The Ghost Of Tom Joad," the Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man" and Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm."
Rage Against the Machine Quotes
Tom Morello: (in a rebuttal to the Infectious Grooves accusation of being hypocrites in their song Do What I Tell Ya) When you live in a capitalistic society, the currency of the dissemination of information goes through capitalistic channels. Would Noam Chomsky object to his works being sold at Barnes & Noble? No, because that's where people buy their books. We're not interested in preaching to just the converted. It's great to play abandoned squats run by anarchists, but it's also great to be able to reach people with a revolutionary message, people from Granada Hills to Stuttgart.