Rage Against The Machine Reform; Say Bush Admin Should Be Tried, Hung, Shot

Steve Baltin
Spinner
Tuesday, May 1, 2007

"Good evening, we're Rage Against the Machine from Los Angeles, California," announced frontman Zach de la Rocha to a sea of humanity, that stretched to the end Coachcella's massive Empire Polo Fields. And with the garbled opening notes of 'Testify,' both the crowd and the band set loose the pent-up energy that had been brewing all of Day Three by those waiting for the reunion.

De la Rocha, who's remained quiet since Rage disbanded, mostly allowed the music to speak for itself, playing hits like 'Bulls on Parade,' 'Renegades of Funk' and 'Bullet in the Head' with ferocity that fans waited seven years for. But he broke his silence during 'Wake Up,' spouting an anti-Bush tirade in which he called for the current administration to be "tried, hung and shot."

However, if there's any warning the administration should heed from the night, it's far more likely to be in the lasting image of 60,000 fists pounding the night sky as fans scream, "F**k you, I won't do what you told me," during the closing 'Killing in the Name Of.'

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