Posted in music | pictures on August 3, 2008

photos by Bao Nguyen, words by Chase Turner

DOWNLOAD: Rage Against the Macine - rant during 'Wake Up' @ Lolla (MP3) (via)

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Brushing aside the questions of Zach De La Rocha's political rants...

"Now we know brother Obama. We know brother Obama. But I tell you what, if he comes to power come November and he doesn't start pulling troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq, I know a lot of people who are gonna stand up and burn down every office of every Senate."... [Zach De La Rocha @ Lollapalooza]
...Rage Against the Machine rocked the south side of Grant Park in Chicago last night (August 2, 2008). The raucous crowd was wild enough that the show had to be stopped twice as De La Rocha asked everyone to take five or ten steps back; the crowd complied but kept its intensity.

A steady stream of bodies poured over the front rail as security nabbed crowd surfers and those wanting to get out of the chaos. Injured crowd-goers were rushed backstage to the medical tent while others went right back into the fray, most had smiles on their faces. The sound was loud and clean. Highlights included Testify, Bulls on Parade, Bomb Track, Freedom, and the Killing in the Name Of show closer. After the show the masses poured into the streets, completely halting traffic and chanting "fuck you I won't do what you tell me!" After about an hour the crowd abated and the city returned to normal.

Is Rage Against the Machine a nostalgia act? Who cares, they sound great. Pictures, video and the setlist below...

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

"Everyone please Back Up"
Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza in Grant Park, Chicago - Aug 2, 2008

1. Testify
2. Bulls on Parade
3. People of the Sun
4. Bomb Track
5. Know Your Enemy
6. Bullet in Your Head
7. Born of a Broken Man
8. Guerilla Radio
9. Ashes in the Fall
10. Calm Like a Bomb
11. Sleep Now in the Fire
12. Wake Up
13. Freedom
14. Killing in the Name of



Comments (55)

Great band....

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 1:21 PM

Rage Against the Machine are the best live band in the world. Once and forever!

Saw them in Italy a couple of months ago, simply awesome.


PS-I see and photograph hundreds of bands every year

Posted by | August 3, 2008 1:33 PM

good band, but no one is pulling out of afghanistan and nor should they. burn what, zach?? shut up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 1:38 PM

...I think that all the members of Rage flaked out big time when the band broke up and now I have a hard time believing what they are saying and that they truly believe in it too...

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 2:10 PM

i wish they'd just play music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 2:18 PM

They are certainly NOT a nostalgia act; their message is as viable now as it ever was!

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 2:20 PM

no pit access? poor bao.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 2:50 PM

^such pussies, who tell a brave soul to "shut up." You assholes, this country has no respect for us people -- we need to have more heart and opinions shared.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 3:11 PM

Jesus, this was a crazy show.

Posted by Wayne | August 3, 2008 3:26 PM

I hate my generation. Sigh.

Posted by Steve | August 3, 2008 3:33 PM

i saw rage twice growing up...very energetic and great overall, but in my assessment far from the best live band on earth. thanks

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 3:39 PM

I wish these morons would go away. Bunch of hypocrites.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 3:46 PM

don't we all paint the kettle black?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 6:01 PM

hypocrites the probably the worst word to describe RATM

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 7:00 PM

Motherfuck Tom Morello and his goddamn fucking boss battle in GH3.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 7:22 PM

lazy politics are hard to stomach.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 7:33 PM

complete corn.

tom morello is uncomfortable with his baldness.

Posted by beast | August 3, 2008 7:56 PM

7:56 are you comfortable with your baldness?

do you have a full head of hair?

Rage is corny? Maybe you are corny. maybe you are a dimwit?

You seem content, do you feel special? Are you really special? or just content...enough?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 8:22 PM

man o man, I was there but there were so many goddamn people, I had to push through as far as I could to get anywhere close to the stage, still it was the craziest and most badass performance ive ever witnessed...

Posted by Phillip Craven | August 3, 2008 8:46 PM

An update on what went down at Rage Against the Machine’s set on Saturday, with official comments:

Jake Willens, a medical official working the festival, reports that about 100 people were treated during the first two days of the festival, most for dehydration and twisted ankles. Only one person was treated for punch wounds suffered in a fight. He says there were no serious injuries suffered during the Rage performance, though some people were taken to the hospital for broken bones and most would be released by Monday. Testimony from some fans (see our earlier blog entry) indicates a chaotic scene in front of the stage as the audience crushed toward the band, but Rage singer Zach De La Rocha stopped the show three times to prevent things from getting completely out of hand.

“It was nothing out of the ordinary for a big show,” says Charlie Walker, one of the co-owners of Lollapalooza concert promoter C3 Productions.

Reports vary on the number of bystanders who rushed the gate from across Columbus Drive during Rage’s sold-out set that climaxed the festival’s second night. Some witnesses claim as many as 2000 people stormed the gate, but Walker, who was on the scene, says it was fewer than 100, and that they were quickly turned back by police.

Most of the fans were allowed to continue listening to the concert across the street after police rebuffed them, Walker says.

Posted by Chicago Tribune | August 3, 2008 9:08 PM

wow you guys all suck
i was there, 20 feet from tom
best fuckin show ever
RAGE has done alot more than any of you pussies in this thread who think they are hypocrites

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 1:09 AM

being European, I always wondered what the reaction of Americans to Rage was, this comments are quite revealing.

RATM rules, USA is a country ruled by hypcrites, not the band, Bloody hell. Read Chomsky and Klein if you can read, open your eyes guys.

Posted by | August 4, 2008 5:22 AM

To all the people who claim this is the "best show ever"...

Don't get me wrong, I love Rage.

I'm sure it was spectacular, but I'm also sure it pales in comparison to seeing Rage in their prime.

I'm also sure it doesn't compare to their reunion show at Coachella last year, with seven years of anticipation built into it.

Yeah, it doesn't. Don't bother trying to contest it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 7:53 AM

i like how europeans think they are so much more politically sophisticated than americans.
i think naive is a good word.
kill the taliban. kill al qaeda. the longer they are allowed to operate in pakistan, the closer we get to having a repeat of 9/11.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 9:26 AM

seriously, ratm's politics have always been offensive and... well, stupid. if you disagree, that's fine, but you expose yourself as a complete moron.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 9:32 AM

guys how is it possible that chicago stormed the gate and so many people got in, and yet at MGMT one security guy was enough to close the gate?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 9:35 AM

ratm maybe to you are offensive, to me they are an inspiration. it should be oh btw they talked about politics. political message of this band is the message, everything else is just besides the point.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 9:50 AM

worst band ever. Inside Out or Hard Stance reunion?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 9:58 AM

i was at this show and it was ok, probably would have been much better super close. i was posting up close about an hour before they started but had just hit a blunt to the dome and prob had a pretty high BAC, so i ended up fainting twice, people around me freaked out about it, so i jetted about 50 yds back and sat down to gather myself, watched much of the show. it wasnt loud enough, even though i was still fairly close, and after the 3rd time he stopped the show i was like this is gay and left. i mean its fucking RAGE against the machine, you cant just play? i thought for sure some people died the way he was acting, but sounds like it was just bloody noses and twisted ankles, thats so pussy. i like that they are showing you can be peaceful while still being angry but fuck that, lets get a little rowdy. maybe next time they should just pass out bike helmets for everyone? knee pads? gay. plus i would say they have about 5 super badass songs, but the others sound sort of same-y and are only OK. tom morello seems like a good guy, but hes kind of a tool and his solo album is god awful.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 11:45 AM

@ Anon 11:45.

Expand your vocabulary. Stopping the show and passing out knee pads is "gay"? Please provide a more clear understanding because not everything can be lumped into a one-word answer.

How old are you too, 17? Because if you are older, you really need an education.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 11:53 AM

IF you were anywhere near the stage at this concert, this would have to be one of the most intense and ridiculous performances you've experienced. I'm not a fan of Zach's politicking, but they put on a raucous, out of control show. The sound was fine and the place only stopped jumping when DeLaRoca asked it to (at security's request, what's wrong with looking out for your fans?)-then it got right back to going crazy. If you really think that their concert at Coachella was THAT much better, then you're just jealous that you weren't able to be in Chicago.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 12:14 PM

no, he's right. it's been proven that bike helmets, knee pads and concern for safety are all valued highly by the homosexuals.

Posted by a gay | August 4, 2008 12:23 PM

fags on parade

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 12:37 PM

hey thanks for the tip 11:53. sorry that im at work and didnt take more than 60 seconds the write that. sorry that 'gay' isnt descriptive enough for you. uh, how about "overly cautious" or "wimpy" or "lame". all applied to the continual stopping of the show, so i bailed. might have been cuz i was not close enough to the stage at that point, but im just saying how i felt. but hey, maybe ill go look into getting a better education. fag.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 12:59 PM

That guy who fainted was too drunk, weak, and dehydrated to stand anywhere near the stage and he is exactly the kind of person Zach was giving relief to. I was there... twenty yards from the stage and there were plenty of people who were too dehydrated and weighed about a hundred pounds and they really did not belong in a crowd of that size and energy. We took Zach's advice and tried to help people out who needed it. No kneepads necessary- just some intelligence.

Posted by Brian | August 4, 2008 1:02 PM

After watching Nine Inch Nails last night, I must say watching a 20+ year old artist evolve in an organic and interesting way is much more satisfying on the soul than watching a 'reunited' R.A.T.M. recycle the same solos and angst.

Don't get me wrong: I understand and respect the place R.A.T.M. has earned and appreciate their role. I am also happy a new generation of kids can still be wowed by their performance.

However, considering 3/4th of this band stooped and pandered pretty hard as members of Audioslave, methinks this band's continuing popularity is proof enough that their real relevance is more a result of the void of anyone new coming up to knock them out of their place in the market.

They indeed fill a space, uniquely and well. It would be nice to see them move into a new one with the same amount of shock and awe with which they erupted so many years ago. A gesture of artistic growth and maturity alone would speak far more volume than a chant with the F-word with which they closed their show as fellow 'old timer' Trent Reznor so beautifully demonstrated.

Posted by greg | August 4, 2008 2:40 PM

The concert was fantastic. Ive been a rage fan all my life, i was up towards the front rown the entire show. For the "tough guy" who took the "blunt to the head" and passed out you clearly couldnt handle the show. and yes it being stopped was precisely for some1 like you and the tons of people exhausted from the heat up towards some of the closer pits. the show was amazing, their stuff never gets old, applies perfectly to today. I believe in a way rage is needed now more than ever.

Posted by ryan | August 4, 2008 5:53 PM

did the gig begin with sirens, the 4 blindfolded and dressed in guantanamo orange suits playing testify?
if they didn't you missed one of the most touching moment of political music.
full stop.

Posted by | August 4, 2008 6:40 PM

Since when is screaming half-intelligible political bullshit considered brilliant. I don't mind that RATM have a political agenda, and in fact I wish that more artists (or just people in general) out there were willing to take a stand. (and for that I do have to give Rage credit) However that doesn't mean that what have to say is particularly intelligent. What, so if Obama doesn't pull out of Afghanistan we should burn down the senate? Please. Things need to change in this country, but screaming about and threating to basically 'burn this motha' down' isn't going to change anything.

ps. to the arrogant Europeans: why don't you concentrate on bettering your own nations instead of complaining about ours. The inflated self-importance of Europe is so tiresome. Additionally, I am so sick of the American left (which I consider myself a part of) fawning over Europe. Spend some time there, it's a continent filled with old buildings, stagnating economies, racists and bad school systems.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 7:18 PM

kinda funny for rage to be headlining the at&t stage...

Posted by lauren | August 4, 2008 8:44 PM

being European, I always wondered what the reaction of Americans to Rage was, this comments are quite revealing.

RATM rules, USA is a country ruled by hypcrites, not the band, Bloody hell. Read Chomsky and Klein if you can read, open your eyes guys.

Posted by | August 4, 2008 5:22 AM


Wait, wait, wait. This is Brooklyn Vegan people! You guys will fight and complain about how Dan Deacon's is styling his taint hair and you don't take the opportunity to rip Mr. Fucking Froggy Fancy Pants a new one? FUCK YOU Mr. Fucking Froggy Fancy Pants, ya pretentious Eurotrash twat! Bloody Hell!

Christopher Guest himself couldn't do a better parody of a Euro douche than you. Noam Chomsky is AN AMERICAN you stupid fuck and Naomi Klein is Canadian (they who do not think Americans should get to own the word American since they're part of North America too. Whatevah Canadians!)

Being American, I'd like to point out that smarmy little European nitwits could at least bother reading something a little more weighty and European (Levy or Zizek maybe?) before trying to hand our asses to us with an old Rage record and a paperback copy of No Logo. We've heard it, we've read it and it's not that deep. We can think what we'd like about our own culture without you being all superior about it, trying to get us to "open our eyes" by recommending we learn the revelatory truth... of OTHER AMERICANS. Lame. That's why America is a pretty cool place, we can disagree with each other. Now go learn who Foucault is and shut the fuck up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 1:19 AM

Oh also, your photographs are really boring and gain NOTHING by being shot "on glorious b&w film" other than make you even more pretentious and full of shit. Yes, film can do some nice things, but you're not doing anything interesting with it, so you might as well be shooting digital and saving the planet by not using all those harmful chemicals it takes to develop all the unremarkable crap you shoot. I couldn't find a single arresting image on your site. I've been all over Europe, I love Europe, I love European people, but dude you really suck.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 1:39 AM

Considering it was 15 years since they first played lollaplooza, the energy they put in the performance was amazing. Plus, it is nice to have a band that are not afraid to use music as a means to vocalize their political perspective even if you agree or disagree. I work in politics in policy and I appreciate anyone who is willing to utilize the 1st ammendant right and use it to ensure our goverment and those who institute policies are being held accountable. To me, the laziest politics is not saying anything at all.

I heard up front was pretty intense with surges of people against the rails. I myself was not directly up front for this set (conserved energy for radiohead and NIN). I stayed on the side and joined a pit with some of the nicest Rage fans in years. People moshed and danced their asses off but made sure everyone was safe. A group of 14 year old boys joined the pit and everyone cheered them on.

It had a great time....

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 12:32 PM

Was at Coachella in 07 and at Lolla this past Sat, and their performance at Pink Pop on May 31st was better than both, but Indio absolutely kicked Chicago's ass if that's the reference points, less people in Cali but the anticipation was what put it over the top. They are undoubtedly much tighter than that first performance back, but the raw power of that opening song at Coachella rivaled anything I've ever seen live, and I've averaged over 150 shows a year for the past three decades, not braggin just providing perspective.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 12:56 PM

1:39 is right. Mr Froggy F'n Fancy Pants Eurotrash's photos do suck and are smothered in unwarranted pretension.

If you are so interested in teaching others how to shoot on the "glorious" B/W film with your own "tips" and "tricks", I suggest the following:

1. Complete and learn the specifics of analog photography in a well-respected school preferably earning a degree. You can't learn the techniques just by hanging out at shows and getting passes to jump up front, snap off some crap images and then act like you are God's gift to the 35mm. Plus, you get in everyone's way for your own egotistical delusional visions of grandeur.

2. Go get a fucking work permit, get a teaching degree and teach a course yourself and *GASP* write something of worth instead of your half-assed photoblog.

Lastly, you act like you are the first person who has ever snubbed at the "Digital Era" of photography that "came on so quickly." Kiss my you fucking douche - that's what all of us were doing 8 FUCKING YEARS ago - I dont know where the hell you have been but digital has been the norm with MEDIA and CULTURE photography for quite some time.

You act like your photos or worth something just because you "think" that using a 35mm will somehow give validity to your lame, contrived, boring and regurgitated work? Please. Ra Ra Riot? Tokyo Police Club? My Morning Jacket? THESE are the bands you feel are worth your artistic efforts??????? On 35mm B/W no less???? HAH. What the HELL are you even trying to capture by shooting these bands?

Lastly, it's hilarious that you try to tell others to open your eyes when clearly, yours are completely closed. Go back to hanging around shows. Good luck with your archive collection - it simply must be the biggest online right? I mean shit, it dates all the way back to the good ol' days of 2007.

And really, ditch the stupid contrast-altered bio pics of yourself....insanely retarded.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 4:08 PM

Oh, 4:08pm, I like where you're going with all this. I wasn't even considering that his subjects were also ho-hum, but damn, those photos are as monotonous as hell and a complete waste of time.

Mr. Pants, if you're reading this, check out some Wolfgang Tilmans, Hedi Slimane and Ryan McGinley to find some interesting things going on in music photography.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 11:53 PM

It would sound much more "american freedom", if you would insult me without hiding under an anonymous nick, mate.

I don't mind if you like or not my pictures, that is what freedom is, but with such rants you don't do to USA prejudicism anything good.
I strongly believe yours is a great country with few bugs, as Europe as anywhere. You seem to desire being one of them.

Now let's leave brooklynvegan to the music, but please come back visiting me anytime you want. is a free place which doesn't hate anyone and I don't need to hide behind anonymous nicks to say what I believe


Posted by | August 6, 2008 5:01 AM

Speaking of conservation and the environment, we really need to get rid of blind people - they are killing our rain forests! You see, when they wipe their asses, they have to wipe numerous times because they can't see if there's any shit on the paper, so they have to be safe and wipe for extended periods of time. Thus, they waste huge amounts of toilet paper - which, in turn, is a waste of the rainforest. For God's sake people - we need to kill the blind!

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | August 6, 2008 6:52 AM

RATM stands for more than just 4 guys playing music. They have taught that it is we the people who are in control. If we do not like they way things are run we can leave it alone, or change it. If there are questions that need answering then we can demand the truth. RATM stands for humanity, and whenever humanity needs a wake up call we have the soundtrack for change. RATM's message is what counts. Thanks for coming back and giving us another wake up call.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2008 10:56 PM

this show looks good but does not compare to the reunion at Coachella!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2008 11:29 PM

so after finding out saturday afternoon that my 3 day wristband was a fake, i was worried that i was not going to be able to catch a glimpse of one of my fav. bands, not to mention that i flew from dallas for this festival. anyways. its about 8:15pm, im across the street, near the at&t stage along with 2 of my other friends who came with me from texas, and about 1000 other people, we were sittin across columbus drive, when during bullet in your head, hundreds of us just rushed and threw down fence and we all just started to rush in. cops on 4wheelers were tryin to run down people tryin to rush in. but they had no luck. luckily for me and my friends we made it plus our 12 pk of budweiser and blunts. haha. overall i think the rushing of the fence during rage made my experience even way better. after we got in we made our way to the crowds of people near the stage and got awfully close than expected.. but i hate the fact that the show was a short one. i saw them last year at rock the bells in devore california. seems like they rocked harder at that show than lolla. then i saw the at voodoo festival in new orleans that was a blast too. i honestly think the crowd was jumping through out the entire performance. but in all lollapalooza live up to my expecations.

Posted by manny | August 7, 2008 6:30 PM

RATM is are the most gifted artist and activists to bless a fucking stage. All doubters need to fucking wake up and snap out of the conservative complacent robot mode. either that or slap a fucking bar code and your forehead and spare us the arguement. "when Ignorance reigns, life is lost" LONG LIVE RATM--this was the best show of all the times I have seen them.

Posted by Jeff McGrath | August 11, 2008 2:56 PM

Mr. Froggy Fancy Pants - Yeah - and freedom also entitles me to tell you I think you and your prententious, boring and overall plain BAD photography suck Major League balls.

Clearly, your idea of freedom is giving you the ability to create bad art and act like you are so talented that you are in a position to teach others how to mimic creating your bad art.

Were you kicked out of Italy because everyone had the foresight to see through your bullshit work? You can't hide behind a gimmick and claim you are important or brilliant. Yet that's what you seem to do.

Also, don't even think about taking that bullshit route of "lets leave it to the music" and not criticize "my photos". If you don't want me to rip into your photos, then STOP posting the link in each comment. Its called "shameless self-promotion" and you are 100% guilty of it.

Let's leave Brooklyn Vegan to the people who can recognize good work, good music, good art, and understand it, not just smart-ass wanna-be Europeans like you who rattle off a few obvious names like Chomsky and RATM and claim to have "open eyes".

Kiss my ass - again - douchebag. I get pissed off when I see people like yourself who suck yet act like they know everything. You don't. Face it. Go find another hobby.

Posted by Captain Anonymous | August 11, 2008 5:47 PM

kinda funny for rage to be headlining the at&t stage...

Posted by Dehydration | March 26, 2010 10:39 AM

i saw rage in sydney 08. u think it was hot in chicago? try 33 degrees celcius before rage even came on. harden up all u pussies. use some inteligence. drink water. if u cant handle it then piss off n go n watch nickelback.
rage are the best. iv seen all the biggest bands in the world in aus n they were a standout highlight... peace!!

Posted by wade campbell | June 12, 2010 6:30 PM

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