Just don’t expect them to show up in Phoenix any time soon.
It looks like Rage Against the Machine will be playing a hometown show this summer. The details are sketchy, but the Coachella festival and Goldenvoice concert promoters both posted to Facebook that the band would be playing in L.A. with Muse and Rise Against on July 30. The ’90s political rock icons played their first Los Angeles show in over a decade in 2010 when they performed at a benefit to protest Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law.
The band has been touring here and there since officially reuniting in 2007. They’ve been keeping up their political side, too. RATM frontman Zack De La Rocha is the founder of Sound Strike, which organizes artists to boycott Arizona over SB 1070. The organization has come under scrutiny from other bands as well as state residents who say it punishes fans and venues without doing anything to influence policy and for allegedly banning people with dissenting opinions from their Facebook page. Guitarist Tom Morello is one of a handful of musicians who have spoken out and shown up in Wisconsin to protest Governor Scott Walker’s union-demolishing vendetta.
Late last year, a Chilean newspaper interviewed De La Rocha, who said the band is working on a new album and looking toward a summer 2011 release, though no more details about that have been announced.