Rage Rages Against Racism in Arizona

Maybe it’s no surprise, but I love Rage Against the Machine.  One of my all-time favorite songs is “Guerilla Radio” with one of my all-time favorite quotes:

“It has to start somewhere.  It has to start sometime.  What better place than here?  What better time than now?”

Now there’s news that Rage will rock against the “racist” Arizona immigration bill.  From MTV,

In tandem with Sound Strike — an organization that calls on musicians to boycott the state until SB 1070 is repealed — Rage organized a benefit show set for Friday in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles. Considering the heft of the situation (and the fact that the gig will be RATM’s first L.A. appearance in 10 years), well, you can expect that it’s going to be a pretty monumental evening. […]

Morello said that all proceeds from the show, which is already sold out, will go to the Sound Strike Fund, which directly supports the Arizona-based organizations PUENTE Arizona and The Florence Project. And he promised that fans will be in for a fiery night. After all, the stakes are high, and the band’s anger is even higher.

“Rage is playing just one show in North America this year, and the reason we’re doing it is to stand up against legislation that just reminds me of the worst aspects of apartheid,” Morello said. “It’s a soft-core apartheid, so we’re going to rock until that f—ing thing’s kicked out.”

Rock on, Rage.  I’m listening.


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