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Prophets Of Rage Have A Plan To Crash The Republican National Convention This Summer


The rage inside the Palladium


As expected, I didn’t get a ticket for the concert of Prophets of Rage at the Palladium, I arrived at the scene when the last wristbands were being sold. There were about 100 people in front of me, who, just like me, were left empty-handed when other lucky people left the place with 4 wristbands in hands! Why do they allow this? Why not one wristband per person? It is stupid since a lot of these wristbands could obviously be found on eBay or Craigslist a few hours later, and sold for 10 times the price these people had been paying for: $20! Why didn’t Tom Morello and Chuck D think about that? It goes against all their principles of making unlawful profit at the expense of true fans and the homeless organization which was receiving the proceeds of the show.

In any case, I am sure the rage was on inside the Palladium,… but what is this good for skeptics are gonna ask… these people are up for a good RATM/Public Enemy/Cypress Hill nostalgia, but what a concert like this one could possibly do to shift the elections, to bring the revolution they seem to announce? Wait a minute, POR has another plan in store and according to Rolling Stone, Tom Morello revealed a piece of it to Bloomberg Politics: ‘We’ll be rocking furiously in and around the RNC’…

You mean they are gonna crash the Republicans’ big summer party?

‘Well there’s a thing called the Republican National Convention in July, and that will be a perfect place for a band like Prophets of Rage to cause a ruckus, and we will be there on the streets, in the field. We have a venue and there may be venues that will be spontaneous venues, it’s hard to say. This is the kind of thing you don’t broadcast to the local authorities prior to arrival.’

They may even do it during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. ‘Anything’s possible,’ added Morello, ‘My view is that progressive, radical change always comes from below, not above. So even if you stake all of your hopes for you and your family on hope, well sometimes that doesn’t work out. If you stake it on this xenophobic, fear-based racism, that’s not gonna work out either. The underlying problems are systemic. The songs that we’ve been writing about for decades attack the system, not the individual candidates. How people change the world, it starts around people’s kitchen tables, it starts in their classrooms, it starts wherever people talk about making a world we want to one day see.’

RATM has never endorsed any party, the band played a free concert at the 2000 Democratic National Convention in protest of the two-party system, then they tried to do it again during the Republican National Convention in 2008… But so what? As much as I despite Trump and his supporters, I hate to say a POR concert at the RNC will probably be a complete waste of time… Also, shouldn’t we expect them to support somebody like Bernie Sanders? Well not really, last year, Morello said in an interview with Maxim: ‘He certainly seems like the person with progressive politics and integrity. But I worked as a scheduling secretary for Sen. Alan Cranston for two years, so I got to see how the sausage is made, and it’s not pretty. My emphasis has always been on direct action activism, and the kind of change that comes from below, not from electing someone and crossing your fingers that they’re a messiah.’

Meanwhile a few bands which still believe that a 2-party system can bring the messiah, will participate in a free concert in LA on Saturday, and musicians and actors Ozomatli, Mark Foster (Foster the People), Best Coast, Iration, Local Natives, Josh Fox, Max Carver, Dick van Dyke, Susan Sarandon and Shailene Woodley will all show up for Bernie,… I will try to cover the event if I can get in!


Prophets of Rage! Yeah! B Real, Tom Morrell, Chuck D!

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