In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Prophets of Rage (Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill) let it be known that they would be crashing the Republican Convention in Cleveland this Summer. Similar actions were taken by Rage Against The Machine back in 2008 to protest the McCain / Palin ticket. In this current election cycle, mainstream American politics have regressed to a point never quite seen before, essentially devolving into a sad reality television show. This is the exact reason why the politically charged Prophets of Rage came into existence this year.
During this Rolling Stone interview, guitarist Tom Morello had the following to say:
“Well there’s a thing called the Republican National Convention in July, and 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. 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.”
“My view is that progressive, radical change always comes from below, not above. So even if you stake all of your hopes for you and your family on hope, well sometimes that doesn’t work out. If you stake it on this xenophobic, fear-based racism, that’s not gonna work out either.”
“The underlying problems are systemic. The songs that we’ve been writing about for decades attack the system, not the individual candidates. How people change the world, it starts around people’s kitchen tables, it starts in their classrooms, it starts wherever people talk about making a world we want to one day see.”