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?
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.