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Rage Against The Machine

From: United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

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RATM Big Day Out Performance Turns Violent

According to Australia's Herald Sun, the Melbourne Big Day Out event featured two casualties, a crowd surge, and thousands of angry and confused fans last Monday night. An unconscious man had to be crowd-surfed to an ambulance, while another man fell from a marquee as crowds pushed forward to get as close to the stage as possible for the Rage Against The Machine performance.

Organizers were forced to interrupt the American headliners near the end of their set to appeal to the 45,000 fans to calm down. Revellers said they feared for their safety as the crowd surged towards the main stage, fans climbing every available vantage point for a better view. The organizers then rushed the band off-stage, ordering people to get down from the structures and trees before the band would be allowed to resume.

One man who was on top of a marquee fell and was rushed to hospital by ambulance officers, who put him in neck brace. The condition of the two injured people was unknown late last night. Cameron Oliver, am attendee, said he saw a lot of violence in the crowd. "In nine Big Day Outs and numerous other festivals, this is the most violent and least-policed I have been to," he said. "We had to pull back from the stage — so far back we couldn't even see because we were afraid for our safety. And I'm a six-foot bloke."

Read the full article at Herald Sun.

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Metallica And RATM Rumoured For Reading Festival

According to eFestivals.co.uk, METALLICA and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE are rumored to be two of the three American headliners slated to perform at this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals, which will happen, as usual, in England over the August Bank holiday weekend — from Friday, August 22 to Sunday, August 24.

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich recently spoke with Revolver magazine about the band's ninth studio album, which is expected out later this year and will be its first all-new effort since 2003's "St. Anger". Ulrich told the magazine that the group's new material "is certainly a lot more dynamic and a lot more varied than the last couple of go-rounds," adding, "There's a lot of light and shade in these songs. There's heavy, fast, nutty stuff, and then there's some slowdowns and musical interludes." Ulrich also said that the album has more in common with some of the group's '80s releases than more recent offerings like "St. Anger" and "Load".

Ulrich wouldn't agree that the yet-to-be-titled disc is a full-blown return to the past, saying, "I hate to be that specific, because six months from now people are gonna go, 'What the fuck? Lars lied to us!' But it feels that way to me."

The drummer also revealed that producer Rick Rubin, working with the band for the first time, wanted METALLICA to use classic efforts like "Ride the Lightning" and "Master of Puppets" as "reference points" for its new songs.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE — vocalist Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, drummer Brad Wilk and bassist Tim Commerford — released three politically charged albums: 1992's self-titled debut, 1996's "Evil Empire", 1999's "Battle of Los Angeles" and its 2000 covers album "Renegades".

It split in 2000 after the singer decided to record a solo album. The rest of the band formed AUDIOSLAVE with SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell. The Harvard-educated Morello also recently released a solo album under the alias THE NIGHTWATCHMAN.

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RATM Confirmed For Electric Weekend Festival

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has been confirmed for the Electric Weekend, set to take place May 30-31 at John Lennon Auditorium in Getafe, Spain Also scheduled to appear is METALLICA. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, January 22, through Tick Tack Ticket net service, and a limited-time offer: two-day tickets priced at 110 euros plus distribution expenses, only until February 16.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE — vocalist Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, drummer Brad Wilk and bassist Tim Commerford — released three politically charged albums: 1992's self-titled debut, 1996's "Evil Empire", 1999's "Battle of Los Angeles" and its 2000 covers album "Renegades".

It split in 2000 after the singer decided to record a solo album. The rest of the band formed AUDIOSLAVE with SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell. The Harvard-educated Morello also recently released a solo album under the alias THE NIGHTWATCHMAN.

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RATM To Play Optimus Alive! Festival In Portugal

Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk are expected to rock in the 10th of July at the Optimus Alive!2008 festival, in Lisbon, Portugal.

The date has been confirmed in their official website. This show is one of the 15 the band has bookmarked. The complete list of festival and tour dates is as follows:

01/18 - Auckland, AUS - MT Smart Stadium
01/20 - Gold Coast, AUS - Parklands
01/22 - Syndey, AUS - Sydney Entertainment Centre
01/25 - Sydney, AUS - Sydney Showgrounds
01/28 - Melbourne, AUS - Flemington Racecourse
01/30 - Melbourne, AUS - Festival Hall
02/01 - Adelaide, AUS - Adelaide Showground
02/03 - Perth, AUS - Claremont Showground
02/07 - Osaka, JPN - Osaka Castle Hall
02/09 - Tokyo, JPN - Tokyo Makuhari Messe
02/10 - Tokyo, JPN - Tokyo Makuhari Messe
06/01 - Pinkpop 2008
06/06 - Rock Am Ring Festival
06/07 - Rock Im Park Festival
07/10 - Optimus Alive!08 - Oeiras - Lisbon

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Rage Against The Machine Confirmed For Pinkpop

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and FOO FIGHTERS are the confirmed headliners for next year's Pinkpop festival, set to take place May 30 - June 1 in Landgraaf, The Netherlands.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE — vocalist Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, drummer Brad Wilk and bassist Tim Commerford — released three politically charged albums: 1992's self-titled debut, 1996's "Evil Empire", 1999's "Battle of Los Angeles" and its 2000 covers album "Renegades".

They split in 2000 after the singer decided to record a solo album. The rest of the band formed AUDIOSLAVE with SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell. The Harvard-educated Morello also recently released a solo album under the alias THE NIGHTWATCHMAN.

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RATM Plans Australian, Japanese Tour Dates

LiveDaily.com reports: Rage Against the Machine's reunion--which the group originally couched as a short-term affair that would only yield a handful of performances--continues chugging along, with the politically active rockers set to mount a full-blown tour of Australia, followed by a few dates in Japan.

The group will launch the Aussie run in mid-January and is scheduled to play eight shows in that country through the beginning of February. A trio of Japanese dates follow in early Febuary.

The announcement of the Australian and Japanese tours coincides with RATM's unveiling of a newly revamped official website, the arrival of which is sure to only fuel speculation that the group's reformation is more permanent than originally thought.

No word yet on when, if at all, the group plans to mount a full-scale US tour, or if plans are in the works for any new material.

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RATM, Metallica Confirmed For Rock AM Ring

METALLICA, MOTÖRHEAD, NIGHTWISH and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE are among the confirmed bands for this year's Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals, set to take place June 6-7 in the German towns of Nürburgring and Nürnberg, respectively. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

BABYSHAMBLES
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
DIE TOTEN HOSEN
DIMMU BORGIR
IN FLAMES
METALLICA
MOTÖRHEAD
NIGHTWISH
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
SPORTFREUNDE STILLER
THE HELLACOPTERS

More acts will be announced soon.

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Guitar Hero III Brings In $100Mil In First Week

The Pulse of Radio reports: Guitar Hero III grossed more than $100 million in its first seven days on sale in North America, according to Variety.com. Activision revealed the figures on Monday (November 5), making the music-based video game the second biggest title of the year after Halo 3, which hauled in $170 million in its first day alone. The sales of Guitar Hero could be either a positive or negative sign for the upcoming Rock Band, depending on how much money players have left to spend when the latter game arrives at the end of the month.

The third entry in the massively popular Guitar Hero series, which has been promoted by commercials featuring VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash, features songs from DISTURBED, SLIPKNOT, THE KILLERS, AEROSMITH, A.F.I., GUNS N' ROSES, METALLICA, MUSE, PEARL JAM, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, SMASHING PUMPKINS and dozens more.

Stars such as KORN's Jonathan Davis and Trent Reznor of NINE INCH NAILS have been outspoken in their enthusiasm for the game.

As previously reported, following the October 28th release of the game many of the artists with tracks featured in the game saw impressive spikes in both album and single sales. British metallers DRAGONFORCE claimed the #1 spot for digital single sales amongst other tracks included in Guitar Hero III for "Through The Fire And Flames," a track from their Roadrunner Records debut, "Inhuman Rampage." The single saw an impressive 183% increase over the prior weeks single sales. More...

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Tool Frontman Working With RATM Members

The Pulse of Radio reports: TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan says that he recently worked on a new song with drummer Brad Wilk and bassist Tim Commerford of AUDIOSLAVE and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. Although Wilk and Commerford were rumored to have played on Keenan's upcoming PUSCIFER album, the singer told The Pulse of Radio that the collaboration took a somewhat different shape. "They found themselves not working with (singer Chris) Cornell after the last AUDIOSLAVE record and they wanted to know if I was interested in starting a band. And I said 'No, I've got this other thing going on and two other bands to boot.' But what I suggested to them was that they should start their own band and have me sing a song, and have some other singers sing a song. I think on some level they agreed, and so that's what we kind of did. I went in and we wrote a song together and right now they're currently trying to record that song, and I'll go sing on it."

A different version of the same song, which is called "Mono Stead", also appears on the debut PUSCIFER record, "V Is For Vagina", which comes out on October 30.

There's no further details on the album project that the RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE musicians are working on or if guitarist Tom Morello is involved.

PUSCIFER is the umbrella for a loose collective of musicians, comedians and other artists that Keenan has been working with since the early '90s.

TOOL begins a new North American tour on November 14 in Austin, Texas.

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RATM Officially Confirmed For Big Day Out Festival

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has been officially confirmed as one of the headliners of the 2008 Big Day Out festival tour of Australia and New Zealand. The five-show run begins January 18 in Auckland. Also scheduled to appear are BJORK, THE ARCADE FIRE, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, DIZZEE RASCAL, BILLY BRAGG, THE CLEAN, BATTLES, SHIHAD, KATCHAFIRE, THE PHOENIX FOUNDATION, SJD, GRINSPOON, CUT OFF YOUR HANDS, HILLTOP HOOD, PAUL KELLY, YOUNG SID, ANTAGONIST, MOTOCADE and WHITE BIRDS AND LEMONS.

Tickets go on sale October 12. According to Billboard.com, some acts will play their own headlining shows in the territories in conjunction with Big Day Out, including RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, who will play January 22 in Sydney and January 30 in Melbourne.

Here are the Big Day Out tour dates:

Jan. 18 - Auckland, New Zealand @ Mt. Smart Stadium
Jan. 20 - Gold Coast, Australia @ Parklands
Jan. 25 - Sydney, Australia @ Olympic Park Showgrounds
Jan. 28 - Melbourne, Australia @ Flemington Racecourse
Feb. 01 - Adelaide, Australia @ RA&HS Showgrounds
Feb. 03 - Perth, Australia @ Claremont Showgrounds

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RATM Guitarist Tom Morello To Support Serj Tankian

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello's alter ego THE NIGHTWATCHMAN will support SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian on several dates in October. THE NIGHTWATCHMAN's schedule is shaping up as follows:

Oct. 11 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In

With Serj Tankian:

Oct. 12 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
Oct. 14 - Toronto, ONT - Guvernment
Oct. 15 - Boston, MA - Paradise
Oct. 17 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Oct. 18 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
Oct. 20 - Atlanta, GA - The Roxy

Tom Morello recently released a video as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN for a song called "Alone Without You", according to a press release. Morello composed the tune after seeing an early cut of filmmaker Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Sicko", and let Moore use the song over the film's closing credits. The video debuted at MichaelMoore.com and the tune itself was added as a bonus track to Morello's debut album as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, "One Man Revolution".

Morello said about the song, "'Alone Without You' is a testament to the struggle and loss faced by millions of Americans who are cast aside by a healthcare system that puts profit before people and families."

Morello and Moore recently interviewed each other as part of MySpace's "Artist On Artist" series.

Moore directed the videos for RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's "Sleep Now In The Fire" and "Testify", while THE NIGHTWATCHMAN opened for Moore on a 2004 speaking tour.

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RATM Frontman Zack De La Rocha Finishes Solo Album

Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha has completed his debut solo album, which was seven years in the making.

De La Rocha collaborated closely with The Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore, and Billboard.com quotes a source that says it sounds like "Led Zeppelin meets Dr. Dre." Since leaving Rage Against The Machine in 2000, De La Rocha has work with several artists including DJ Shadow and Trent Reznor, but it is not yet known if these artists will feature on the album.

The report also reveals that some of the album was recorded at an eco-friendly studio in Los Angeles, owned by Jack Johnson.

Since De La Rocha is currently unsigned and a release date is unconfirmed.

Meanwhile, reunited Rage Against The Machine play the following shows this fall:

New Orleans, LA City Park (Voodoo Music Experience) (October 27)
Las Vegas, NV Sam Boyd Stadium (Vegoose Festival) (October 28)

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Tom Morello Named Guitar Hero III's Third Boss

Living guitar legend Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave has confirmed in a recent Rolling Stone interview that he's going to be one of the bosses in Activision and RedOctane's upcoming Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. He said he loved the game and is hoping to be a competitive character.

"Whenever I play Guitar Hero, my opponent always kicks my ass on my own riffs," says Morello. "Now that I'm actually in the game, I hope the digital me will win once in a while!"

Morello has been distinguished because of his trademark synthetic riffs and politically-charged numbers while with Rage Against the Machine.

Brett Michaels of Poison and Slash of Guns n' Roses have earlier been named as bosses in Guitar Hero III. RedOctane promises more legends to challenge when the game launches later this year for the Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii.

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RATM/Audioslave Axeman As Boss In Guitar Hero III?

The Pulse of Radio (formerly Launch Radio Networks) reports: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello will reportedly appear as a character in the upcoming video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Although it's not officially confirmed, Morello's participation was apparently cited on some European promotional materials for the game which have surfaced online. The former AUDIOSLAVE axeman will portray a "boss battle rocker" along with VELVET REVOLVER's Slash and others.

In other Guitar Hero III news, ATREYU may have a yet-to-be-announced track included in the game, while PANTERA may also be represented by the song "Revolution Is My Name". Both will join a lineup that includes METALLICA, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, SMASHING PUMPKINS, MUSE, WEEZER, GUNS N' ROSES, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, VELVET REVOLVER, PEARL JAM, AFI and more.

Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock is set for an October 29 release date in North America on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii and Playstation 2 platforms.

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Tom Morello Comments On Audioslave Split

Chris Riemenschneider of the Star Tribune recently conducted an interview with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE/ex-AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Star Tribune: Did AUDIOSLAVE end because you wanted to focus on activist music, or are you doing this because AUDIOSLAVE ended?

Morello: As far as the actual making of the record, I did that because it was clear we were not going to be proceeding with AUDIOSLAVE. So it helped me to analyze my priorities. I decided I'm just going to be involved in music that expresses my world views, and that left me open to making a NIGHTWATCHMAN record and to the idea of doing RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE shows.

Star Tribune: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE shaped a lot of young fans' beliefs. How did these reunion shows fit your scheme of things?

Morello: Well, so far we've only played the one show at Coachella, and it was a great time for both band and audience, from what I could tell. I think there's about six more this summer. We're at this historical juncture. It's important for people who don't like the direction that the country is going in to speak up, and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has a catalog of songs that sound like they were written for 2007.

Star Tribune: Why not more shows?

Morello: Um, why do more? [Laughs] We're just happy to be doing the ones that we are. So far, we enjoyed the one show, so we're gonna play a few more. And that's all we have plans for right now.

Star Tribune: Chris Cornell is in Minneapolis a few nights after you. Any opinion on his new record?

Morello: I've heard it, and that's part of what's great about where we are in our career is we can make the music we want. These NIGHTWATCHMAN songs would not have been appropriate for AUDIOSLAVE, and that's why I made the solo record. Same with him. I think that he's probably much more comfortable with a band of hired hands than a band of equals, and that's fine. He has earned that right.

Star Tribune: Where do things stand between you and Chris?

Morello: I haven't heard from him in many months, almost bordering on a year now. We didn't hear from him when he quit the band, and we haven't heard anything since. But it's OK. I think our time together was great. We made records that we're all proud of and had fun making, and we toured and had a great time doing that. In a way, we very much helped revive one another both personally and musically. And when he decided to quit the band, that opened the door for me to make this NIGHTWATCHMAN record, and for RAGE to reunite. So it's all good.

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RATM To Co-Headline Vegoose Festival, Voodoo Music

Billboard.com reports: Rage Against The Machine will be one of the headliners at the third annual Vegoose Music Festival. The event is set for Oct. 27-28 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

Vegoose is produced by Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment, the same team that produces the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Vegooose producers declined to comment on specific artists booked for this year's show, but did say an official lineup will be announced in mid-July.

"We're very excited about the lineup and thrilled to be bringing Vegoose back to Vegas for a third year," says Superfly president Jonathan Mayers.

The Vegoose appearance will be one of only a handful of live dates for Rage this year. The band played the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif., in April, and is set to play a one-off date at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wis., on Aug. 24 with Queens Of The Stone Age.

A July 28-29 run with the Rock the Bells tour at New York's Randall's Island and an Oct. 27 headlining performance at New Orleans' Voodoo Music Experience are also on tap.

The 2007 Voodoo Music Experience is expanding to three days and will be held Oct. 26-28 at New Orleans' City Park. Wilco, Tiesto, Kings Of Leon, Ben Harper, Fall Out Boy, Common, Sinead O'Connor, Galactic and the Black Crowes are also on the bill. Coheed & Cambria, Plain White T's, Mute Math, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, M.I.A., Paolo Nutini, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Spoon, Porcupine Tree, Circa Survive, Gym Class Heroes, Motion City Soundtrack and La Coka Nostra featuring Everlast and members of House of Pain round out the list.

A limited amount of general admission tickets go on sale June 29. VIP packages will be available July 20 and provide access to a private entrance, closer parking, food and drink and upgraded bathrooms.

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Rage Against The Machine's August 24th Show

Rage Against The Machine's August 24th show at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI has officially been announced with Queens Of The Stone Age rounding out the bill.

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Morello Describes G8 Protest, Escape By Boat

Launch Radio Networks reports: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello, sometimes known as the protest folksinger THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, performed in Germany last Saturday (June 2) as part of the Move Against G8 protest. An estimated fifty to sixty thousand people showed up for the rally where Morello was one of the performers.

Morello described the crowd: "I headed into the crowd. Police began to attack the crowd with water hoses and tear gas. There were big fires. I saw members of the black bloc throwing bottles at police." Despite some violence, however, most of the protests were peaceful.

Morello performed the songs "One Man Revolution", "The Road That I Must Travel", and "Maximum Firepower".

Morello says he made his exit by sea in a dramatic escape: "After my set, I had to escape via small boat to the Baltic Sea. There were police boats blockading the entrance to the festival and we snuck out under cover of darkness."

Morello is in the middle of a NIGHTWATCHMAN tour of the U.S.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has reformed, and is expected to be playing shows soon.

Morello explained the origin of his "NIGHTWATCHMAN" name, which came from when he first began performing his protest songs incognito in coffeehouses. "I would sign up anonymously, you know," he said. "I didn't want to sign up as Tom Morello and have people, you know, between their mochaccinos clamoring for 'Bulls On Parade'. So I signed up as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, and it was a moniker that seemed to fit the music that I was writing and playing, and it stuck."

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Clock Ticking Toward RATM Release, Secret Concert?

Billboard.com reports: A clock on Rage Against The Machine's official Web site has begun counting down to Aug. 24, presumably marking the date for a new release or an as-yet-unannounced concert, rumored to be held in East Troy, Wis. There is also speculation that the reunited band will issue either a live album taped during its late April set at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., or, less likely, a new studio effort.

Rage Against The Machine has not performed since Coachella, where the foursome played a 13-song headlining set featuring tracks like "Testify," "Bulls on Parade," "Guerilla Radio," "Sleep Now in the Fire" and "Killing in the Name."

The group will reactivate in late July for four shows as part of the Rock the Bells tour. What happens after that is anybody's guess, as Morello has a slate of dates on tap with his acoustic side project, the Nightwatchman.

"We're having a great time rehearing so the door is certainly open to playing more shows," Morello told Billboard last month. "It feels great in the room."

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Tom Morello on Rage Against the Machine Reunion

Artisan News Service recently caught up with Tom Morello, who discussed getting back to his authentic political roots with the triumphant return of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. You can watch the clip on YouTube.

Morello's debut disc as his political folk alter ego THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, "One Man Revolution", arrived in stores on April 24.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has confirmed four dates on the Rock The Bells tour, in late July in New York City and mid-August in California. The reactivated group has reportedly scheduled a concert in East Troy, Wisconsin on August 24, but there's been no official word on any more RAGE shows. More...

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