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Prophets of Rage is “not a Rage Against the Machine-specific reunion”

However, the new project does involve some RATM members and will feature live shows

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Rumors of a Rage Against the Machine reunion spread like wildfire on Wednesday as fans speculated the meaning of a cryptic new website called ProphetsofRage.com. The website features a black and white logo in which several people hold up closed fists.  “Clear the way for the Prophets of Rage,” accompanying text reads. “The Party’s Over Summer 2016. #TakethePowerBack.” Posters containing the same image and messaging also appear on posters around Los Angeles.

As “Take the Power Back” is the name of Rage Against the Machine song and a raised closed fist is the band’s signature gesture, many fans speculated that the website/poster was teasing a reunion. The group played their last concert together back in July 2011.

However, according to Rolling Stone, a source close to the band has clarified that Prophets of Rage is “not a Rage-specific reunion,” but rather a new project that includes “some members of Rage.” “Prophets of Rage” is the name of a Public Enemy song, and last night politically conscious rapper Chuck D tweeted a video of Rage performing, so perhaps Public Enemy will also be involved in some capacity?

Update: Prophets of Rage is composed of guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford, and drummer Brad Wilk along with Chuck D of Public Enemy and Cypress Hill’s B-Real. Click here for more.

Rolling Stone adds that the mysterious project will involve live shows, though specifics are unknown. ProphetsofRage.com is counting down to a May 31st announcement, so presumambly all will be revealed then. In the meantime, courtesy of Chuck D, revisit RATM’s performance of “Bulls On Parade” from their 2010 gig in London.

 

 

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