Prophets of Rage — the new supergroup featuring members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill — formed just in time for the 2016 election. Days after playing their first show, the activist-minded collective already has its sights set on Donald Trump.
“We’ll be rocking furiously in and around the RNC,” guitarist Tom Morello told Bloomberg Politics (via Rolling Stone). There, the GOP is expected to nominate Trump as its presidential candidate at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena, between July 18 and 21. For Morello, it’s exactly the setting he envisioned for carrying out the new group’s mission.
“That will be a perfect place for a band like Prophets of Rage to cause a ruckus, and we will be there on the streets, in the field,” he said. “We have a venue and there may be venues that will be spontaneous venues, it’s hard to say. This is the kind of thing you don’t broadcast to the local authorities prior to arrival.”
And what about this year’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia? “Anything’s possible,” Morello assured.
Prophets of Rage features Morello with Rage Against the Machine’s Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk alongside Cypress Hill rapper B-Real and Public Enemy’s Chuck D and DJ Lord. They made their live debut May 31 at Los Angeles’ at Whisky a Go Go and have another L.A. show tonight (June 3) at the Hollywood Palladium. They performed songs from all three bands, in addition to a couple covers and new songs. In the months approaching, more extensive touring and original music could be in the cards, alongside the aforementioned ruckus.
Of course, making a statement around major elections is nothing new for this crew. Back in 2008, Rage Against the Machine played a protest show at the RNC at Minneapolis’ Target Center, which led to protests and eventually, over 100 arrests.