Posted in music on August 28, 2008

Tom Morello, Zach de la Rocha & Flobots MC Jamie Laurie, a.k.a. Jonny 5
Rage Against the Machine

Joined by like-minded anti-war rockers State Radio, The Coup, Flobots, Jello Biafra and Wayne Kramer from the MC5, Rage Against the Machine headlined an impassioned midday concert at the Denver Coliseum featuring the band's hits, political speeches and calls for nonviolence.

More than anything, the concert was a respectful nod to Iraq Veterans Against the War, which, along with Tent State, mounted the show to call attention to their agenda: Encouraging a hasty end to the war, providing veterans with comprehensive healthcare, and rebuilding Iraq.

After the headliners capped off a loud, amped up performance with the fan favorite "Killin in the name," Rage guitarist Tom Morello called on the roughly 8,000 concertgoers to join him and other entertainers in a march for peace to the Pepsi Center.

"We're going right now," he said. "We'll meet you outside." [Denver Post]

Wayne Kramer & Rage Against the Machine @ Denver Coliseum (cause=time)
Rage Against the Machine
DENVER COLISEUM -- The Iraqi Veterans Against the War took the stage and read an open letter to Barack Obama demanding he solidify his commitment against the war as the crowd chanted "U.S.A! U.S.A!"

Then Rage Against the Machine came onstage, gave the vets a military salute and burst into the explosive set that has made their live shows legendary. Kicking off with "Guerrilla Radio," the band blasted through crowd-pleasers like "Bulls On Parade."

Wayne Kramer of the MC5 soon joined them for the anthem "Kick Out the Jams." Before they started, Kramer reminded everyone why they were here.

"Forty years ago we went to Chicago to protest an illegal war we were lied into. Today we're in Denver to protest an illegal war we were lied into," he told the crowd. [Rocky Mountain News]

The show was free. Next up: Rage Against the Machine at the RNC



Comments (25)

Rage kicks ass.

Posted by Raging Clue | August 28, 2008 9:11 AM

This band needs to go away. Is everything really worth protesting, even attempts at positive change? They pick and choose which forms of violent protest are acceptable and commendable. Just go count your dollars, fellas.

Posted by B | August 28, 2008 9:18 AM

They weren't protesting Obama's cause....

Posted by Tito | August 28, 2008 9:21 AM

ratm has supported leftist narco-terrorist groups in central america very publicly. they cannot be taken seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 9:41 AM

RATM are a joke. Go support more cop killers...

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 9:44 AM

Sometimes you gotta kill a few cops to make an omelet.

Posted by Dag yo I never understood dat | August 28, 2008 9:54 AM

Millions of Dead Cops

Oh, yeah.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 10:16 AM

yeah, these guys are making a real statement with all the millions they've made.

Give Wayne Kramer some of that cash, dudes.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 10:51 AM

remember that fat kid rocking the fuck out in the "freedom" video? he kicks ass. bring him back.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 10:53 AM

they couldn't find him after he fell into the big chocolate moat at HORDE Fest a few years back.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 11:10 AM

Bahahahhaha...Fuck Leftist loonies!

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 11:10 AM

money talks and bullshit walks

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 11:12 AM

Nothing more pathetic than corporate marxists. Rage needs to hang it up already.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 11:38 AM

several things are more pathetic, actually.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 12:00 PM

Of course, corporate marxists with sucky music is far, far worse.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 12:05 PM

and here begins the "it's no longer cool to be leftist because it's become so mainstream, so regardless of personal politics and the fact that conservatism is ridiculous, i'm now a fucking conservative hipster!" fest two thousand fucking eight.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 1:16 PM

I've never been a fan ot RATM, but it sounds like it was a good gathering. (Not anti Obama dummy)

There are many troops out there that sacrificed everything so you little bitches can continue to rant and complain.

I applaude RATM for trying to help those verterans out.

You should try to understand that RATM is very relevant to soldiers/ frat boys/ whatever ... it's music that they can relate to and grew up with before joining the military.

They (soldiers) don't have the time now to keep up with the lastest bands (again, busy dying for you) so it makes perfect sense that a band like RATM comes out of retirement to help out.

I'm just not a fan of rap/rock that's all.

Some of you really need to walk others shoes. Seriously...enjoy whatever music you want to, but get a clearer picture of the world around you and stop wasting your time cutting people down.

I promise you... down the road you will see that constantly complaining and looking for faults in others for the sole purpose of feeling "smarter" or "more important" will be recognized as wasted time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 1:18 PM

It was never cool to be a Leftist.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 1:21 PM

Anon 1:18:

what are you 100 years old? shut the fuck up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 1:23 PM

you told somebody to shut up. you're so cool.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 1:29 PM

Why don't they protest the republican convention instead? Serously, this is a 2 party race whether you like it or not. At least not protest the lesser of two evils. Voting in a democrate right now can put some sort of dent into this government mold of conservatism.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 2:02 PM

anon 2:02pm:
rage will be at the RNC! rage is playing the target center on 9/3 and "Tom Morello and Friends" is also headlining a pro-union event on harriet island on labor day with atmosphere and mos def. also, I don't think they were "protesting the dnc or obama" in denver--they were there to participate.

Posted by what are conservatives doing on brooklynvegan? | August 28, 2008 3:57 PM


Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:00 PM

Anon 1:23pm:

Shut Up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:27 PM

NARCO TERRORISTS???? What Narco Terrorist group have they ever supported??? Are you referring to the EZLN? You might want to do a little reading before you speak out of your ass. Also, I don't understand why an artist can't be both successfull AND vocal/open/passionate about their political and social beliefs.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2008 2:49 PM

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