Make America Rage Again
John and I went to a concert for date night this week. We saw Prophets of Rage at the Shoreline and we rocked our heads off.
WAKRAT (Tim Commeford's band) and AWOLNATION opened, and I must say that the latter sound absolutely fantastic live and much better so than their studio records, probably because of the way the bass boomed in my chest and their modern, very specific sound made of heavy guitars and massive broken beats. Then, Tom Morello's 92 year-old mother came on stage and introduced Prophets of Rage as "the best fuckin' band in the universe!".
What followed was two glorious hours of pure rock and roll. It was on my bucket list to see Rage Against the Machine live ever since I was a teenager, and I was overwhelmed with emotion, as this gig is most likely the closest thing to it I'd ever get. The energy that came from the stage was uplifting and even though the crown was tough (the place reeked of pot + it was difficult to do a mosh pit at a seated venue + 70 % of the audience was over 35) I danced and I screamed and I sang and I had my hands in the air like I just don't care.
Or in this case, like I care. A lot. Prophets of Rage run their tour under the slogan "Make America Rage Again", and true to their anti-establishment nature, they used their music as an activist tool to enlighten and inspire people to vote, volunteer, donate, and stay active and aware.
They performed tracks from the span of the entire RATM catalogue and they mixed it up with Cypress Hill and Public Enemy hits. There were a couple of original Prophets of Rage songs, too, and they sounded pretty great.
So here are a few photos I took that evening.
They are not of the best quality but they remind me that I saw Tom Morello, Tim Commeford, Brad Wild, B-Real, Chuck D and DJ Lord with my own very eyes, and that I heard them play and speak with my own ears, and most importantly - that we all ROCKED TOGETHER.
Yes I know my enemies
They're the teachers who taught me to fight me
Compromise, conformity, assimilation, submission
Ignorance, hypocrisy, brutality, the elite
All of which are American dreams...