Prophets of Rage is the name . This band will be the merge of Rage Against The Machine (minus Zack de la Rocha), Public Enemy’s Chuck D, and Cypress Hill’s B Real. The very proposal is equal parts interesting and exciting to say the very least. The name is based off the Public Enemy classic and should mold into one hell of a band.
Rolling Stone recently caught up with the band for an in-depth interview, unveiling much more information than was available to us before. You can read over some of this below and get the full picture by heading over to Rolling Stone by clicking here. Rage is on the way!
On top of all this, the band is making their live debut tonight at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, California. Definitely go if you’re still able.
Morello: We’re not a supergroup. We’re an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit, and confront it head-on with Marshall stacks blazing.
Commerford: I’m gonna credit Tom Morello with the origin of the idea. He asked me if I was into it. He was the spearhead. When he gets his head wrapped around something it’s like a mental python.
Morello: It all happened pretty organically. We’ve been friends for a long time. It’s not like we went on YouTube and auditioned someone who could do a convincing version of “Bullet In The Head.” That wasn’t it at all. We’ve been musical comrades for a very long time. We’ve had a tremendous amount of respect for each other musically and politically. They’re my idols and friends. I called up Chuck D. I think I texted B.
Chuck D: Actually, Tom talked to my wife first. She’s very deep into the politics of Latinos, blacks, inequalities and stuff like that. They had a great conversation. For years I heard the rumor that Zack isn’t going to perform with Rage Against Machine and they’ll need someone to fill in. I talked to Tom and said, ‘Sure.’
B-Real: I got a text from Tom. We’ve always talked about working together. He produced two songs on the Cypress Hill album Rise Up. When he called, I was more than motivated to do it. What he said to me was along the lines of, “The people need a voice right now. People need to hear these songs; a message.” I was all about that. I’m not necessarily known for being in the political realm outside of marijuana legalization and whatnot. But I do have my beliefs. I think he valued that and decided to give me a call. I agreed that people need a voice right now. If we can serve that, I’m all for it.