Rage Against the Machine returned for their first show in 11 years and they were back doing what they do best, raging against the machine.
They played some great music.
The legendary rockers performed at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin over the weekend, which was their first performance together in more than a decade.
While playing out provocative messages on an onstage video screen, the band took jabs at the US Supreme Court and the current state of the United States.
They channeled their rage into the videos with powerful imagery and hard-hitting messages that read (via The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel): “Forced birth in a country that is the only wealthy country in the world without any guaranteed paid parental leave at the national level.
“Forced birth in a country where Black birth-givers experience maternal mortality two to three times higher than that of white birth-givers.
“Forced birth in a country where gun violence is the number one cause of death among children and teenagers.”
Strongly relevant messages were summed up with a simple message. “Abort the Supreme Court.”
The Supreme Court justices decided to overturn the law that protected the right to an abortion in the United States.
The band did not make any speeches during their 90-minute set, but they did have anti-authoritarian messages and lyrics.
The current climate of the United States made them feel more relevant than ever, even though no catalogs were produced in the 21st century.
The final number, “Killing in the Name”, which condemns systemic racism, was slightly changed by the Frontman.
The proceeds of the band’s show and two performances in Chicago were donated to reproductive rights organizations.
The show was two years in the making.
The band performed at the LA Rising festival.
The four-piece had planned on doing a reunion tour in 2020, however, like everything in the world in 2020, those plans were derailed.
Their return and political activism could not come at a better time for the United States.