Prophets of Rage — the new supergroup featuring members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill — announced a series of tour dates today leading to a protest show at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.
The group will stop by Ak-Chin Pavilion on September 17.
The group's formation brings to mind the classic Onion article from 2004, "Where Are You Now, When We Need You Most, Rage Against The Machine?"
"The times demand a band like Prophets of Rage to rise," guitarist Tom Morello told Bloomberg Politics. "Our nation and the world is on the brink of absolute electoral insanity at home."
With the announcement of the tour, I suppose it's time to officially declare an end to the "Sound Strike." Quick refresher: In 2010, Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070, igniting protests by those who believed the bill legalized racial profiling. The legislation kicked off a cascading series of events that ended when the Supreme Court declared the bill unconstitutional.
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One of the minor effects in the wake of that bill was the so-called "Sound Strike," which called for musicians to cancel shows in Arizona to protest the bill's politics. The organizer? Zach De La Rocha of Rage Against the Machine (though not Prophets of Rage). One of the bands that canceled shows? Cypress Hill.
Prophets of War contains Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello (guitars), Tim Commerford (bass), and Brad Wilk (drums); Cypress Hill emcee B-Real; and Chuck D from Public Enemy.
The band recently played a pair of sold-out shows in Los Angeles, bootleg audio of which is available online. There were lots of Rage covers (hearing Chuck D rap De La Rocha's lines is not as bad as it sounds). Whether the band has enough quality original material to start riots in July is another question entirely.