Rage Against the Machine reunites: ‘Abort the Supreme Court’

The members of Rage Against the Machine have always conveyed a message through their music. In 2022, they have plenty to despair and after an 11-year hiatus from performing together, they didn’t hold back on the weekend.

During their Saturday night return to the stage, delayed by the pandemic, the rap rock band was typically aggressive, performing their high-octane catalog to more than 30,000 people at Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Music Theater.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the band members hardly spoke between songs, but that didn’t mean they weren’t vocal. Instead, they showed images of real-life violence, including an El Paso police car on fire, along with messages related to the Supreme Court’s reversal in the Roe vs. Wade case.

“Forced birth in a country that is the only prosperous country in the world without guaranteed national-level paid parental leave,” read an on-screen message. “Forced birth in a country where black birth attendants experience two to three times the maternal mortality rate than white birth attendants. Forced birth in a country where gun violence is the number one killer of children and young people.”

“Demolition of the Supreme Court” read the next screen in all capital letters.

Rage Against the Machine had already expressed their displeasure with the Roe vs. Wade verdict on June 24. In a black-and-white message on the group’s Instagram, they announced their benefit concerts at Chicago’s Alpine Valley and United Center, which raised $475,000, all of which would be donated to reproductive rights organizations in those states.

“We are appalled by the repeal of Roe V. Wade and the devastating impact it will have on tens of millions of people,” the band’s Instagram post read. “Over half the country (26 states) is likely to ban or seriously restrict abortion very soon, if not immediately, which will have a disproportionate impact on poor, working-class and undocumented BIPOC communities.”

“Like the many women who have organized elaborate railroads of resistance to counter these attacks on our collective reproductive freedom, we must continue to resist,” the statement continued.

Rage Against the Machine last performed at the 2011 LA Rising Festival, held at the Los Angeles Coliseum. In 2019 they announced the Public Service Announcement Tour for spring 2020, which was postponed to 2021 and then rescheduled to 2022 due to the pandemic.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-07-11/rage-against-the-machine-reunion-roe-vs-wade-abort-supreme-court Rage Against the Machine reunites: ‘Abort the Supreme Court’

Sarah Ridley

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