||Los Angeles, California
||Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello ,Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk
||Rap rock, funk rock, alt Metal
Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine, or more commonly
reffered to as Rage or RATM are a rap rock / funk rock /
alternative metal band from Los Angeles California.
Consisting of consisting of vocalist Zack de la Rocha,
guitarist Tom Morello, drummer Brad Wilk, and bassist
The band first began when Tom Morello met Zack de
la Rocha in a club in LA. He had recently left his band
titled "Lock Up" and was impressed by Zack de la
Rocha's freestyle performance and thus asked him to
become a rapper in a band. Zack de la Rocha convinced
a chilhood friend to join as bassist, Tim Commerford, and
Tom drafted in Brad Wilk as drummer. Rage was formed.
After their first gig in Orange County, California,
Rage released their first demo tape. It attracted lots of
interest with record companies. Rage eventually decided
to sign with record label Epic Records, with whom they
recorded their self titled first album.
The debut album was incredibly successful reaching
triple platinum status. The single "Killing in the Name"
was heavily played on every mainstream radio station,
creating rapid album selling. The band then went on tour,
playing in Lollapalooza 1993 and as a support act for the
band Suicidal Tendencies in Europe.
Rage went on to record their second album, despite
rumours of a break up, titled Evil Empire, which entered
Americas Billboard's Top 200 chart at number one in
1996. In the next year, Rage went on their PopMart Tour,
the band opened for U2 and back-lined for Green Day.
All Rage's profits went to supporting social organizations.
After this Rage began a US tour with special guests Wu-
Tang Clan. The latter were removed from the line-up and
replaced with The Roots for unknown reasons.
After the tour, Rage released their next album titled,
The Battle of Los Angeles, which also debuted at number
one. It sold 450,000 copies in the first week and
eventually went double-platinum. The album featured the
famous songs, "Guerrilla Radio" and "Calm Like a
On the 18th of October, 2000. Zack de la Rocha,
released a statement which announced his departure
from Rage. This put Rage into hiatus, Morello, Wilk, and
Commerford formed a new band called Auidoslave, whilst
Zack de la Rocha recorded a solo album, which had not
yet been released.
In mid-January 2007, rumours were circulating that
Rage were reforming. The specualtion was confirmed on
January the 22nd, as Rage were announced as
headlining the final day of Coachella 2007. The
reformation was described as "primarily being a vehicle
to voice the band's opposition to the "right-wing
purgatory" the United States has "slid into" under the
George W. Bush administration since RATM's
dissolution". Rage are still touring to this date, having
headlined Reading and Leeds festival in 2008, aswell as
others in countries such as Japan, the United States,
New Zealand and Australia.
Why in 100 Best?
Rage Against the Machine are not just a band, they have a
strong political message behind their music, they arn't in it
for the money. Amazing band, amazing music.
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