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Rage against the machine

Rage Against the Machine RNC - 09.02.08

The "beyond partisan" free concert on the lawn of Minnesota's state capitol today went from mellow and laid back to a political movement. The buzz around the crowd blew up when word got out that Rage Against the Machine would be making a surprise appearance on stage .

Things got heated in the crowd when the Minnesota State Police would not let the band play despite the chanting of the thousands of people.

The music had to stop by 7:00 p.m. and when Rage figured they wouldn't be allowed on stage they took to the crowd to make their voices heard. The video above shot by Above the Fold's Joshua Sidney explains the rest. [Above the Fold]

RATM also played at the DNC and are scheduled to play another show at the RNC today (Sept 3).

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Comments (90)

I haven't seen any of the footage from the GOP convention so far. Have there been any pregnant pauses?

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:33 AM

Pssssshhhhhh. How 1996.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:37 AM

i didnt think they had it in them to do something that silly... kudos

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:55 AM

No one gets how amazing this actually is.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 9:00 AM

Republicans - Rage against the oil - OK
Rage against the machine - not OK

Posted by Bob Roberts | September 3, 2008 9:01 AM

Bob, I thought I told you to get a fucking job you bum!

Posted by Bob's Paps | September 3, 2008 9:04 AM

I almost had tears in my eyes. At the end of the day, even if Republicans win, as is likely, they can at least look themselves in the mirror and say they tried hard to make a difference.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 9:14 AM

'They're not afraid of 4 musicians - they're afraid of you'.

Pretty awesome, actually -- kudos and I'm sorry I slagged you for Lolla.

Posted by greg | September 3, 2008 9:18 AM

"No one gets how amazing this actually is."

I get how pathetic Rage Against the Machine is.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 9:26 AM

nothing more revolutionary than having a big black security guard usher you into the protest.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 9:34 AM

yeah, that was kind of distracting that big security guard standing next to him. these security firms they recruit at the prison gates or something? the security at SY last saturday looked like bunch of felons on parole.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 9:39 AM

While I know that speaking out against politicians and exercising free speech is totally NOT hip...

That was pretty fucking cool.

Posted by Wow | September 3, 2008 9:44 AM

I'm not the biggest Rage fan but come on you've got to respect their motivation/determination. That was dope to me...

Posted by BTW | September 3, 2008 9:59 AM

"nothing more revolutionary than having a big black security guard usher you into the protest. "

Is the race of the security guard related to your point or are you just being racist?

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 10:16 AM

agree with above

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 10:19 AM

Wow, Bob Dylan looks angry...

Posted by poops | September 3, 2008 10:19 AM

most serious politics of any popular band

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 10:20 AM

if only their new music was better. this was actually cool.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 10:22 AM

Nice 4/4 hand claps white people. Take notice brooklyn.

Posted by peter | September 3, 2008 10:23 AM

That was pretty bad ass and funny. Good to see them taking up the cause in a time of need. Almost makes up for them disappearing for 8 of the worst years in the history of modern american poliitics. oh wait, no it doesn't.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 10:28 AM

It's still awesome acapella.
They shoulda done 'Fuck Tha Police' though.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 10:38 AM

Regardless of what you think of RATM or their music (I'm not the biggest fan), they at least TRY and put their money where their mouth is. You've gotta respect that.

Posted by blackhat | September 3, 2008 10:50 AM

Shit, I have no sound on my computer, so I can't cringe at the between-song banter, but this looks really really rad.

Posted by Anonymouse | September 3, 2008 10:55 AM

"is the race of the security guard related to your point or are you just being racist?"

i don't think shes being racist. big black security guards are definitely scarier than big white security guards.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 10:59 AM

sarah palin's pregnant daughter wasn't even born when RATM made their first album

they grow up so fast, where birth control is illegal

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 11:03 AM

"Is the race of the security guard related to your point or are you just being racist?"

There is also the third option: just being an asshole....

"I get how pathetic Rage Against the Machine is."

I very much doubt it... Ask your older brother kid. This ain't music, this is politic.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 11:03 AM

hah. love the rage haters. must have read about yourselves on the cover of ad-busters and now you're all pissy.

Posted by jojomonkey | September 3, 2008 11:23 AM

"I very much doubt it... Ask your older brother kid. This ain't music, this is politic."

What does this even mean? And yeah, I saw Rage back when I was a teenager and they were supporting the cop killer. I liked their music as a teenager but have never agreed with ANY of their idiotic anarchist views.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 11:34 AM

not a fan but, fuck yah, that was cool.

bob dylan? bob marley? destroyer?

FROS ON PARADE!

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 11:54 AM

Wanting people not to vote for Republicans is not being an anarchist, it's an opinion! YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE AN OPINION, THAT DOESN'T MAKE YOU A ANARCHIST! SHOW SOME BALLS!

P.S. Who is the cop killer?

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 11:59 AM

Cop killer is Mumia Abu-Jamal. And Rage's political position is not simply anti-Republican. Go do some reading on the guerrila groups they support in Peru, Mexico, etc. They are supporters of anarchy and communism.

They are also some of the biggest hypocrites in pop culture. They claim to be anti-war...unless successful people are being killed by poor farmers. Then it's okay. And I'm sure the money had no impact on their decision to reunite...yeeeaahh.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 12:24 PM

i had the pleasure of attending/working last year's big day out festival in australia, which rage headlined every night. unknown to the public and their fans, the band always had two big bodyguards with them, even backstage. at big day out, no one is allowed backstage but band members and crew, period. so, what are they so afraid of? and...during the majority of their performances, they had the audacity to demand that the bands stay in their trailers while rage walked through the artist compound towards the stage. WTF? rage is for the people by the people? yeah, right. and about the police...i enjoy the fact that rage can say "fuck the police" unless they're escorting them off the premises...which they did regularly. and i mean a real police escort with the lights and all. What a bunch of hypocrites. If rage really stood behind their message, they would have donated a small percentage (even 2% of their intake of money from the fest/merch) of their pay and donate to some worthy cause. that wouldn't hurt their bank account what so ever...they made a killing on that tour. put you money/power into play....suckers. as PE says time and again: Don't Believe The Hype!

Posted by i was there | September 3, 2008 12:28 PM

cops execute people on the street every day in this country. people get shot for showing a cop the finger. just saying, this is the country we're living in, USA.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 12:33 PM

Hey guys.... the big picture is.... the government is corrupt... they have lots of power -- the media is all lies and brainwashing -- and we need to speak up for ourselves... Successful people are not better than poor farmers. We will all suffer more and more, if yellow backs like some of you defend your rich uncles and dads... and shit like that. - instead of caring about the common good of all people. Ect. Ect ... Open your mind.

Great job by them.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 12:40 PM

Just because you think they're cool about the A Capella @ RNC doesn't mean that you have to agree to everything they do or think...

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 12:42 PM

"cops execute people on the street every day in this country. people get shot for showing a cop the finger. just saying, this is the country we're living in, USA."

Nice use of hyperbole you idiot. When's the last time you saw a cop execute someone on the street?

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 12:43 PM

yawn

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 12:47 PM

inspired by fiasco??

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 12:54 PM

always good to see Sony employees getting in a fuss about the machine they're part of.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 12:55 PM

I guess this is what those "by any means necessary" shirts mean.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 12:57 PM

I applaud Rage Against the Machine for doing this but do think this band is just trying to make "revolution" into a brand. Sure, they have a few catchy slogans and can get people all fired up, but at the end of the day they are making money and changing very few minds -- preaching to the choir I would have to say. I would be much more impressed if a so called main stream artist had the balls to show up in St. Paul and call the murderers out. Unfortunately this isn't teh 60s and most main stream artists are too busy making money and selling themselves out to clear channel or whoever to bother releasing a protest song, let alone protesting. One of the biggest criminal conspiracies the world has ever known is having a convention this week to ask us to extend their term for 4 more years and all we get is Rage Against the Machine doing an a capella performance?

Posted by Sharkdog | September 3, 2008 1:11 PM

what's the deal with youtube? blogging's out if the videos don't work.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 1:23 PM

Thanks Sharkdog, at last, somebody is doing some thinking...

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 1:25 PM

How is a convention a criminal conspiracy? Let alone "one of the biggest criminal conspiracies the world has ever known"? Does everyone on BV think they have to make outlandish, dumb statements littered with rhetoric and hyperbole to make a point?

And for those that blindly believe that McCain = Bush, you should at least know that he has a history of breaking ranks. He voted against the tax cuts in '01 and '03, backed stem cell funding (which was opposed by Bush), is much more supportive of environmental issues than Bush, and voted against a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Obviously he has changed his stance on tax cuts because there is no chance in hell he would have gotten the nomination otherwise (not to mention, I hope he finally understands how tax cuts help grow the economy and overall tax revenues), but that doesn't change the fact that he has a history of breaking from the party. I'm sure most of you will ignore all of this and label McCain as another Bush, but at least you will be more informed.

Posted by CN | September 3, 2008 1:35 PM

If you don't understand how Bush-Cheney is a criminal conspiracy and how McCain wants to continue the war in Iraq then I doubt anybody on BV will be able to change your mind. I do wonder how McCain thinks cutting taxes will help to pay for the illegal war he wants to continue.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 1:51 PM

Dear CN:
Republican economic programs do not work. Cutting taxes has not and will not help the economy to recover particularly in light of the unprecedented government spending the Bush administration has undertaken. Wars are very expensive hobbies.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 1:53 PM

McCain has a history of switching sides based on (faulty) assessment of the political winds. For years he was an unassuming. corrupt Senate crony, voting the Reagan/Bush party line. Then he got indicted in the Keating 5 scandal, and suddenly, transparently, adopted campaign finace reform as his pet project. He voted with Democrats for years on this, and only, this issue.

This won him some fawning press coverage as a "reform" Republican, which did not escape Senator McCain's notice. Before the 2000 election he transparently courted the left, hoping to ride Clintonian centrism. He claimed lefty positions on sevral issues that clashed nakedly against his own solidly conservative voting record. When that didn't work out as he hoped, and Bush won the nomination and the presidency, McCain stuck with the charade centrism briefly, thinking the Democrats would have some power as an opposition since Bush was elected by Supreme Court decree rather than votes. He joined the Dems in opposition to Bush domestic policy for a bit.

Then September 11th happened and suddenly McCain saw that the right was going to have a resurgence, so he reinvented himself as a neo-con warmonger, more hawkish than Bush himself. For awhile he kept up some muted opposition to Bush on the domestic front, but after Bush's 2004 reelection McCain suddenly saw (erroneously) that the country was tilting conservative on more than just the war, so he quickly abandoned his token center-left stands and went full on conservative to try to win the nomination. For the past 4 years he has voted almost lock step with Bush, abandoning even his own hard-fought campaign finance legislation (which used to be his signature issue).

McCain is no a maverick, he is in fact a political cynic who has no core belief system outside of a desire to play constituencies and voting blocks off of each other to get elected. He's not even inspiring as a conservative, he's a complete phony on all sides.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 1:57 PM

Dear CN, do you have to make outlandish, dumb statements littered with rhetoric and hyperbole to make a point?
Noboby had compared McCain to Bush... The "hyperbole" here is that you think you can inform us....

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 2:17 PM

telling you why republican party sucks is like that scene when wendy says she wants to think things over, and jack tells her you had your whole fucking life to think things over! you had your whole life to see how these people are the root of all evil in USA, and now you want us to explain in an anonymous post?

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 2:21 PM

2:17pm - Please point out my rhetoric and outlandish statements. And do you even know what "hyperbole" means? Also, 1:11pm did compare McCain to Bush.

1:53pm - You are completely wrong on the cutting taxes issue. Conservative fiscal policies do work, but Republicans and Democrats have not been behaving conservatively when it comes to spending. Tax revenues have spiked significantly since the Bush tax cuts in 2003 (http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/81xx/doc8116/05-18-TaxRevenues.pdf). But, tax revenues are only one side of the equation. Government spending is the other and it is completely out of control. You like to blame Bush for this, and clearly, the war in Iraq does not help keep spending down. I'm with you guys in stopping the war and the spending in Iraq. But the war is not the only issue when it comes to government spending, and what most of you fail to recognize is that the Democratic-lead Congress of the past two years is just as much at fault for government spending as Bush.

1:57pm - I may disagree on some points, but that was one of the few intelligent posts I've seen on here.

By the way, not all Republicans are in favor of the Iraq war. I am in favor of doing what is right given the current position that we are in. Hopefully that means getting our troops out of there and stopping the flow of taxpayer money to Iraq, but I recognize that we can't just leave at this point. I leave it to the next President and people that are far more informed than me on issues like this to make the right decisions. I believe McCain or Obama will do what's right in Iraq from this point on and listen to the Iraqi leadership and U.S. generals that are there.

But I vote based on the economy, and I cannot vote for a President that wants to increase taxes. Whether it's on the rich or the poor, it still takes money from the private sector and puts it into the hands of politicians that only know how to waste it - this destroys jobs and the tax base over time. It also reduces the private money supply which is what keeps interest rates low so people can buy homes and encourages investment and innovation. We also cannot afford to implement a slew of new government programs that we cannot afford like universal healthcare. We already can't cannot afford the war in Iraq, we can't afford Social Security long-term, and we can't afford Medicare. If we keep this up, all of our tax dollars will be going towards interest expenses on debt in 50 years. More government programs are not the answer.

Posted by CN | September 3, 2008 2:52 PM

CN - it is ABSOLUTELY untrue that "conservative" economic policies work in any sense. Evidence from within the US and from other advanced industrial countries show that economic growth is lower and the distribution of income becomes more unequal under right-wing governments. The choice is pretty clear: do you want to grow the pie and give more equal slices to different economic classes, or shrink the pie while simultaneously increasing the slice taken by the top 5%?
Take a look at Larry Bartels' new book for lots of good, solid evidence.

Posted by CN's wrong | September 3, 2008 3:08 PM

CN is the only one on here that is thinking straight. the rest of you socialists can move to Venezuela

Posted by yep | September 3, 2008 3:14 PM

oh man rage against the machine are so controversial, they protested the republican national convention i for one am completely shocked that they would actually dare do something so out of the fucking box, these guys are definitely real socialists

what next, they support obama?

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

Wouldn't it be nice if Yep and people like him could jump in a time machine and join their like-minded rightist, fascist friends in Chile, Argentina, Nicaragua, etc in the 1970s? It would be so fucking great to get rid of you, and I bet you would just LOVE to torture some "socialist" students. Wait - you can just join the army and substitute students for muslims! Wonderful!

Posted by yep blows | September 3, 2008 3:41 PM

because socialism has worked so wonderfully in the past, what the fuck are you idiots even talking about? how are "conservative" economic policies NOT working?

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 3:45 PM

3:08pm - as a student of economics, I respectfully disagree but will check out the book for the other viewpoint nonetheless.

Posted by CN | September 3, 2008 3:46 PM

Since when being democrat means being socialist?

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 3:47 PM

"Since when being democrat means being socialist?"

Since the current 08 Obama/Biden ticket promotes socialist policies (e.g., giving "tax rebates" to people who don't currently pay taxes - that's straight up "socialist" income redistribution).

You don't get more socialist than taking from the haves and giving to the have-nots. YES WE CAN!

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 3:53 PM

Palin would whoop zach de la pussy's ass!

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:08 PM

"always good to see Sony employees getting in a fuss about the machine they're part of."

aww... what's wrong sweet pea, haven't gotten signed yet? haha. i'm not gonna ask where you work

Posted by toadthewetjunko | September 3, 2008 4:10 PM

to yep blows: Chile is doing pretty well nowadays no? Throw in Colombia and Brazil as well. Argentina, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Venezuela and their left leaning socialist ideas are not. I know you read Naomi Klein's "The Shock Dotrine" but don't pretend to know what you are talking about when you don't understand economics.

Posted by yep | September 3, 2008 4:22 PM

"always good to see Sony employees getting in a fuss about the machine they're part of."

Why don't you focus on the machine that apllies to you...the expresso machine which you operate everyday at your $10/Hr job at starbucks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:23 PM

RATM are a joke and need all the publicity they can get - god bless 'em.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:35 PM

Chile is run by a social democrat, you fucking moron. So is Brazil - Lula was a former head of the Brazilian labor movement. Argentina is growing at 8 percent. I think Naomi Klein is an idiot. I don't know economics? I have a PhD in economics from an Ivy League university. What empirical evidence can any of you right wing jackasses present to prove your bullshit case that "conservative" economic policies (which so far has not been defined) work?

Posted by yep needs to read | September 3, 2008 4:46 PM

How can you "respectfully disagree" with empirical facts? Do you have better evidence than what Bartels presents? If so, where can I read about it? God, the selfish, deluded idiots on the right disgust me. Doesn't really matter though, because your eight year are up.

Posted by To CN | September 3, 2008 4:49 PM

I have a PhD in How Much RATM Rock. My dissertation is titled, "A Lot"

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:54 PM

amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:00 PM

4:49pm - I, along with 300 professional economists that signed a statement in support of McCain's general economic plans, respectfully disagree.

Posted by CN | September 3, 2008 5:14 PM

yep needs to read has a Phd? what a coincidence, that an anonymous blog commenter has a Phd in the very topic he is being schooled on by Yep, CN, and the boys.. i know where Lula comes from. its what he's doing now my friend. opening up to free trade/right leaning policies while at the same time enacting a few social policies for his constituents. and you HAVE to be kidding me if you think Argentina is doing well. any country can grow 8% when its been supported by high commodity/agricultural prices. Ask the people of Argentina how it feels to live there with "real" (not Gov't f'ed up) inflation stats are closer to 20%. CFK and NFK are doing no good there. schools out. see you at the Silver Jews concerts yokels!

Posted by yep | September 3, 2008 5:14 PM

alaskan independence now!

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:18 PM

since when is this music website a hang out for doctrinaire ayn rand zombies?

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:38 PM

keep on raging and fuel the hate!

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:47 PM

yep and CN are the same poster, respectfully. You really need the love bro...

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:13 PM

the world works so much better if we just trust the people who already have all the money and power to look after us! They got all that money and power by being good guys, you know?


Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:17 PM

since when is this music website a hang out for doctrinaire Socialist zombies?

Posted by Palin up your ass | September 3, 2008 6:53 PM

"yep and CN are the same poster, respectfully. You really need the love bro..."

Yeah, bro. Right on. There's no way two people could have similar views right? Idiot.

Posted by CN | September 3, 2008 6:55 PM

" I have a PhD in economics from an Ivy League university."

Unwise allocation of capital Dr. Econ.

pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:04 PM

4:46 - You need a PHD in getting your ass kicked, Bolshevik.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:07 PM

only an "objectivist" would have been irked by the Ayn Rand reference, 6:53.

There's a word for you guys, the word is CONTRARIAN. You want to absorb the cultural output of the bohemian world while still getting rich off other people's sweat.

You are hippies of the right, mostly educated upper middle class white dudes who think that they're "rugged individualists." They think that the economic system has worked just swell for them, that they deserve and have earned every penny that's come their way, but darn it they should be able to smoke pot and get their girlfriend an abortion if they knock her up.

It's an easy attitude to adopt when you are most privileged group on earth.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:18 PM

Irked? MAN are clueless. You seriously need to get out more.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:03 PM

8:03, maybe start checking your typing before you hit submit.

you leave out whole words and your comeback is WEAK

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:24 PM

We're not gonna protest!

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:40 PM

"these security firms they recruit at the prison gates or something?"

Uh, racist much?

Posted by brad | September 3, 2008 9:32 PM

FUCK YOU I WON'T VOTE FOR OBAMA!

Wait, who's this that McCain picked to be his running mate? Oh shit... I will vote for Obama!

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 11:09 PM

is rage on that "monsters of megaphone crooning" tour?

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2008 4:20 PM

Look at these perky breasts, cowboy!

Posted by Sarah Palin | September 4, 2008 4:40 PM

i love this band and what they do

check out one day as a lion - myspace.com/onedayasalion

Posted by Kathy | September 4, 2008 7:15 PM

"Look at these perky breasts, cowboy!"

So THAT'S how you got the VP spot.

Posted by Joe Lieberman | September 5, 2008 9:04 AM

Palin's daughter is a whore.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2008 12:17 PM

^^Hey, be nice!

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2008 12:58 PM

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