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While they haven’t dropped any original track recently, Rage Against the Machine sound more crucially relevant than their debut 30 years previously.
In their first-ever performance together in 11 years, Zach De La Rocha and the band sang all the hits, however, kept their most inflaming messages for a video screen onstage, like a direct prod at the latest overturn of Roe v. Wade: “Abort the Supreme Court.”
Rage Against the Machine summoned their, well, rage at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin on July 9, pouring into their music along with videos their eschew speeches for some influential imagery.
“Forced birth in a country that is the only wealthy country in the world without any guaranteed paid parental leave at the national level,” written in the caption flashed on the screen.
“Forced birth in a country where Black birth-givers experience mental mortality two to three times higher than that of white birth-givers. Force birth in a country where gun violence is the number one cause of death among children and teenagers.”
The captions built up in the urge to “abort” SCOTUS, in all caps.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said other clips displayed included “a border patrol agent posing menacingly with a barking German Shepherd; an El Paso police van burning in slow motion; a boy with a ski mask kneeling in front of a bull; and a boy with a blindfold busting open in piñata that looked like an ICE agent.”
Rage Against the Machine gave $475,000 from ticket proceeds from the Alpine Valley concert and two concerts in Chicago to reproductive rights organizations in Wisconsin and Illinois.