Rage Against The Machine’s back — kind of.
The rock supergroup “Prophets of Rage” has just made a stunning announcement. In a post to their Facebook page, they’ve revealed that they will be hosting a massive concert that is specifically designed to take attention away from the festivities surrounding Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The post announcing the concert is biting in its assessment of the implications of Trump’s pending administration, reading, in part:
‘We are staring down the barrel of a dystopian nightmare unless we act NOW, unless we fight back NOW. We intend to create “No Trump Zones” across the country; in our homes, our schools, our places of work, and our concert stages… Join us as we get loud and stand together to defend our rights, our country, and our planet.’
The full post announcing the show is featured below.
Prophets of Rage have named their special anti-Trump show the “anti-inaugural ball.” It will be held at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on the evening of January 20 — at the same time that the inaugural balls in Washington, D.C., will be underway.
Prophets of Rage will be performing alongside Audioslave, Vic Mensa, Jackson Browne, Jack Black, and the Los Angeles Freedom Choir.
The rap rock supergroup known as the Prophets of Rage that’s hosting the event includes members of Rage Against The Machine, a group famous for being on the forefront of bringing virulently anti-political corruption music into the mainstream in the 1990’s. Prophets of Rage also includes members of the rock band Audioslave, and the rap groups Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, respectively.
There was lots of talk in the weeks immediately following the election of a massive concert to be held early in the day on the 20th specifically to take attention away from the inauguration. Although the talk got serious, with a promoter jumping on board and trying to raise the funds necessary to host such an event, the initial plans fell through. This just-announced anti-inaugural ball picks up some of the slack left by those plans never actually manifesting.
Opposition to Trump runs deep in the music and entertainment world, with the American punk rock band Green Day releasing a surprise anti-Trump music video just yesterday.
Tickets to the anti-inaugural ball have sold out — but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get in.
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