Rage, Wu-Tang Team For Three Summer Shows
Reprising their aborted, controversial 1997 tour pairing, Rage Against The Machine and the Wu-Tang Clan will play three shows together this summer.Reprising their aborted, controversial 1997 tour pairing, Rage Against The Machine and the Wu-Tang Clan will play three shows together this summer.
The reunited acts will appear Aug. 11 and 18 at the Rock the Bells Festival in San Bernardino, Calif., and San Francisco, respectively, and are also on the bill for the event's East Coast debut, to be held July 28 at New York's Randalls Island.
"It's definitely our fans' dream billing," says Rock the Bells organizer Chang Weisberg. Aside from Rage and Wu-Tang, the rest of the lineup has yet to be announced.
Rage Against The Machine had previously asserted that its headlining set at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in late April would be a one-off. The group has been dormant since frontman Zack de la Rocha quit in 2000. Guitarist Tom Morello, who also plays with Audioslave, will be performing solo at South By Southwest, Bonnaroo and Coachella under the moniker the Nightwatchman. He will be playing additional solo dates in March and April and has invited Audioslave Fan Club members to attend these shows for free.
As for the Wu-Tang Clan, the group is finishing its first album since 2001, "8 Diagrams," for SRC Records. The pioneering hip-hop outfit played its last show with late member Ol' Dirty Bastard at the 2004 installment of Rock the Bells.