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Rage Against The Machine

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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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Tom Morello Announces More Solo Dates

Launch Radio Networks reports: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello has added to his solo touring schedule as his political folk alter ego, THE NIGHTWATCHMAN. In addition to the dates he's already announced, Morello has booked a number of new shows in July, starting on the 10th in Detroit. Morello will also perform with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE this summer, but told Launch that touring on his own does have its advantages. "Say it comes to playing a benefit show, like, if I want to play — if we're approached by some worthy cause to play a benefit show in some other town," he said. "If it's a rock band, it's not easy to do, you know. You have to have a band meeting and decide to do it. You have to coordinate schedules and get a tour manager and a lighting rig and roadies and all that. And, you know, if someone asked me to play that show, I just pick up my guitar and I get on a plane, and I'm there to play it."

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

The guitarist has a full schedule of solo shows lined up for this spring and summer, including headlining gigs and opening stints for BEN HARPER.

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.

Newly confirmed NIGHTWATCHMAN tour dates:

July 10 - Detroit, MI - The Shelter
July 11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
July 13 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
July 15 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
July 17 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
July 18 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Café
July 20 - San Francisco, CA - Swedish Hall
July 21 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour

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Tom Morello's Favorite Political Songs

On his debut solo album, 'One Man Revolution,' Tom Morello, who played guitar with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave and is now recording as his alter ego the Nightwatchman, channels his songwriting efforts into an album of politically minded songs about change and redemption. Armed with only an acoustic guitar, Morello carries on a great tradition of socially conscious music. In that spirit, he recounted for Spinner his top five political songs:

1. 'Biko,' Peter Gabriel
2. 'Imagine,' John Lennon
3. 'This Land Is Your Land,' Woody Guthrie
4. 'White Riot,' The Clash
5. 'Redemption Song,' Bob Marley

Read the full article at Spinner.com.

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Morello Dismisses Rumours Of New RATM Album

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE closed the Coachella Festival on Sunday night (April 29) with its first show in seven years (video), and has four more dates scheduled this summer on the Rock The Bells tour. But while guitarist Tom Morello told Launch that more touring is a possibility, don't hold your breath for a new RAGE album. "There are no plans to do that," he said. "That's a whole other ball of wax right there. Writing and recording albums is a whole different thing than getting back on the bike (laughs), you know, and playing these songs. But I think that the one thing about the RAGE catalog is that to me none of it feels dated. You know, it doesn't feel at all like a nostalgia show. It feels like these are songs that were born and bred to be played now."

Following the 20-minute sell-out of the July 28 Rock The Bells show at Randalls Island in New York City, a second New York date has been added on July 29th. RAGE will again appear, along with the WU-TANG CLAN, CYPRESS HILL and others. RAGE is also playing Rock The Bells dates in San Bernardino, California on August 11 and San Francisco on August 18.

Tickets for the July 29 Rock The Bells show go on sale Friday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. via Ticketmaster.

Morello will also be touring this spring and summer as his political folk alter ego, THE NIGHTWATCHMAN. His debut album, "One Man Revolution", arrived in stores last Tuesday (April 24).

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RATM's Reunion Caps Coachella's Final Night

MTV.com reports: For the first time since the inaugural Coachella in 1999, the Machine was Raged Against in the California desert, and damn, it felt good. So good we can almost forgive Zack de la Rocha for basically being invisible for the past half-decade.

Of the 124 acts that performed at Coachella this year, one mattered a little more than all the others, and that was the reunited Rage Against the Machine, who headlined the final of three days with a set just as ferocious as guitarist Tom Morello promised.

The fiercely outspoken Los Angeles quartet have said they're reforming because the current political environment needs them (see "Nightwatchman, Rage Reunion Have Morello Fired Up For Political Fights") — and there was clearly no doubt Sunday just how, well, enraged Rage are about what's going in the world, particularly in Iraq.

Although de la Rocha said virtually nothing between songs, one tirade in the middle of "Wake Up" said it all. "Our current administration needs to be tried, hung and shot," the singer boldly stated. "We need to treat them like the war criminals they are."

Rage Against the Machine proved they clearly have not lost their stride, and were all the more impressive considering the Coachella Stage lineup before them — Willie Nelson, Crowded House and Manu Chao — did very little to warm up the crowd. And when Rage finally hit the stage with "Testify," they battled a muffled sound system for the first three songs. (Perhaps their popular Battle of Coachella T-shirts proved prophetic.)

Still, the band was on, like they just got off an arena tour. De la Rocha's snapping vocals were as passionate and crisp and ever, and Morello's guitar antics gave the songs just the bit of newness they needed. Playing most of their debut album along with the hits from their other three LPs, Rage stirred up the kind of testosterone not usually associated with Coachella. (The Lemonheads, for instance, were playing simultaneously nearby.)

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Hear The Nightwatchmen's Full Album Online

Not exactly metal but often mentioned in recent news, Rage Against The Machine and ex-Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello's solo band The Nightwatchmen's "One Man Revolution" CD can be streamed in its entirety on AOL Music.

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Tom Morello and Zach De La Rocha Reunite

Launch Radio Networks reports: Tom Morello and Zack De La Rocha, the guitarist and singer, respectively, of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, took to the stage together for the first time in nearly seven years in Chicago on Saturday (April 14). Their appearance was part of a demonstration and rally-turned-celebration for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, an organization of immigrant farm workers who pick vegetables for big businesses like McDonald's.

The rally was meant to be a protest, but just before the march was to begin, a McDonald's rep told the crowd their demands had been met. So the rally, due to inclement weather and that fact that it was now a celebration of the news of the agreement, moved indoors at the House of Blues.

The set started out with Morello coming out alone as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, performing several songs from his upcoming "One Man Revolution" CD. After that, De La Rocha took the stage to perform a brand new song about the event that he had written on the plane ride from Los Angeles to Chicago.

At that point Morello joined in, and the duo performed the RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE songs "People of the Sun", "Bulls on Parade" and "Down Rodeo."

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Tom Morello Talks About His Political Intent

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE/ex-AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello recently answered a couple of questions for Salon.com:

Salon.com: Why did you make the decision to step away from AUDIOSLAVE and scale down to just voice and guitar?

Morello: With AUDIOSLAVE, if we sold a million records, we might be able to buy new sports cars. With THE NIGHTWATCHMAN [Morello's solo project], if we sell a thousand records, we might be able to overthrow the government. I say that kind of facetiously, but the message on this album is distilled in a way that I believe is more potent than it was with my other work. This is not music made for a mosh pit. It's music that's looking for zealots and trying to rattle the cages and bang the bushes and find martyrs and true believers and people that are not afraid to ring the White House with pitchforks and torches.

Salon.com: Four years ago we saw a lot of anti-Bush sentiment coming from musicians, but the end result was still disappointing. What can be done differently this time around to ensure the right people get elected?

Morello: I'm not interested in kicking voters in the ass. That's not been my great passion. I do not believe that progressive change comes from having the right person in the White House — though certainly a great deal of harm can come from having the wrong person in the White House. All progressive change, whether it was women getting the vote, desegregating the lunch counters, getting the eight-hour workday or the end of the apartheid, happened not as a result of having the right person in the White House, but because people whose names you did not read about stood up for their rights. That's how change happens. That's the kind of organizing that I hope for. If we keep heading down the path set by this administration, it's not going to be about getting voted out of office, it's not going to be about getting impeached — it's going to be about the White House going up in flames.

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Morello, de la Rocha To Play Before RATM Reunion

Before Rage Against the Machine's high-profile Cochella reunion show, Tom Morello and and Zack de la Rocha will be performing for free in Chicago for the 2007 Coalition of Immokalee Workers Truth Tour. The April 14th rally comes right after the announcement that McDonalds will meet all of the demands made by the CIW, a community-based farmworker organization whose members are largely Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida.

Morello and de la Rocha will be a part of a Parade and Carnaval that will make its way through downtown Chicago and return to Federal Plaza for a celebratory rally featuring CIW members, allies, and a dynamic lineup of other well-known artists, musicians and speakers. The Parade and Carnaval will be composed of blocks, contingents, music groups, and theater organized by the CIW and allies.

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Full RATM Tour Not In The Works, Says Guitarist

Launch Radio Networks reports: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello told Billboard.com on Tuesday (March 27) that the reactivated rap-rock pioneers have no plans at the moment to mount a full-fledged tour beyond the handful of shows already announced. Morello said, "Right now there are four shows booked. There's Coachella and then there's the three Rock The Bells shows (in July and August) with WU TANG CLAN, IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE, CYPRESS HILL and some other hip-hop artists, and right now that's all that's on the docket."

But Morello has not definitively ruled out a full-on campaign. The guitarist explained, "These times, I think, demand a voice like RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE to return. RAGE was certainly the most outspoken radical voice in music in the Nineties, and the seven years that RAGE was away the country went to hell. So I think it's overdue that we're back."

Morello said the reunion came about when it became clear last fall that AUDIOSLAVE, his previous band with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE bassist Tim Commerford, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk and SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell, would not be touring anytime soon. He added that Commerford had "re-established a friendship" with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE frontman Zach de la Rocha, despite a rather acrimonious split in 2000.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has begun rehearsing for its upcoming shows and Morello said that the band sounds "awesome."

Morello will release his debut album as political folk alter ego THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, titled "One Man Revolution", on April 24. He plans to tour in support of the record.

Confirmed RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE shows are as follows:

April 29 - Indio, CA - Empire Polo Field (Coachella Festival)
July 28 - New York, NY - Randall's Island
Aug. 11 - San Bernardino, CA - National Orange Show Events Center
Aug. 18 - San Francisco, CA - TBA

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RATM Guitarist Playing Solo Shows

Launch Radio Networks reports: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello will play several solo shows as the NIGHTWATCHMAN this spring to promote his debut album, "One Man Revolution". One of his performances, at the Coachella festival, will be in conjunction with a headlining appearance by the reunited RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. Among his other stops will be the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and a workers'rally in Chicago. Morello said in a statement, "I'm excited to be playing NIGHTWATCHMAN shows in front of festival crowds as well as union rallies. I'd also like to invite all members of the Audioslave Fan Club (Audiophiles) to my solo shows free of charge as a thank you and to express my appreciation."

The guitarist and singer will also tape an appearance on Tavis Smiley's PBS talk show on March 5.

"One Man Revolution" comes out on April 24. More dates and a full NIGHTWATCHMAN tour are expected to be announced shortly.

Mar. 15 - Austin, TX - The Parish (South by Southwest)
Mar. 17 - Austin, TX - Central Presbyterian Church
Apr. 13 - Chicago, IL - Lake Forest College
Apr. 14 - Chicago, IL - Immokalee Workers Rally
Apr. 28 - Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
May 04 - Claremont, CA - Bridges Auditorium at Pamona College
Jun. 16 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival

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Rage Against the Machine Add Shows w/ Wu-Tang Clan

As suspected, the Rage Against the Machine reunion will be more than a Coachella one-off. According to the Los Angeles Times, the band will team up with their pals in the Wu-Tang Clan for three Rock the Bells shows in addition to the April 29 closing-night headliner spot at Coachella, which marks their first show together in seven years. The Bells gigs will take place in New York on July 28; San Bernardino, California, on August 11; and San Francisco on August 18.

The lightning-fast Coachella sellout helped spur the addition of the shows, a source told the Times, though a Bells organizer promised that the four shows will be it for Rage in 2007

A 1997 Rage/Clan tour fell apart after only a handful of shows when internal disputes forced Wu-Tang off the road.

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Chris Cornell Splits Audioslave

Chris Cornell has split Audioslave, the band he formed with three former members of Rage Against The Machine, due to unspecified "irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences," according to a statement.

"This is something I don't want to do anymore," Cornell tells Billboard.com of Audioslave. "There were problems from the very beginning and we dealt with them in a great way. We made three great records. We were a band that got along great, but we've also had our differences. My focus is definitely on doing my own music now.

Indeed, Cornell is quickly moving on to his second solo album, "Carry On," due May 1 via Suretone/Interscope. The 14-track set was produced by Steve Lillywhite and includes a cover of Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean" (which Cornell has been known to play live) as well as "You Know My Name," the theme to the recent James Bond film "Casino Royale."

The album is Cornell's first solo affair since 1999's "Euphoria Morning." Among the other songs set to appear are the country-leaning "Finally Forever" and the harder-edged "Poison Eye" and "No Such Thing."

Cornell is already assembling a band and plans to tour "extensively" in support of "Carry On," and says Audioslave's 2005 trip to Cuba made him realize "there are a lot of people who would enjoy seeing me play 20 years of recorded music in any context."

Last month, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk announced they were reuniting with Rage vocalist Zack de la Rocha for what they are claiming to be a one-off performance at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in late April in Indio, CA.

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Audioslave Future Uncertain

Could Audioslave's time be coming to an end? In a recent interview with Launch Radio Networks, Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello stated that he isn't certain about the future of Audioslave or Rage Against The Machine, but he does know he'll be focusing on his current solo-project Nightwatchman. Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has been in the studio recording for his own solo-project the last two months, while Bassist Tim Commerford and Drummer Brad Wilk have also been in the studio together recording some Bass/Drums only tracks.

Morello said that Cornell did not want to tour in support of Audioslave's third studio album, 'Revelations', which came out last Fall. He gave no indication of whether the band would record or tour again.

As previously reported, Audioslave members Tom Morello (guitar), Brad Wilk (drums), and Tim Commerford (bass) will be reuniting as Rage Against The Machine with Zack de la Rocha for this year's Coachella Festival on April 29th. Morello said he has not ruled out future Rage activities beyond the fest.

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Rage Against The Machine Reunion Update

Hits Daily Double reports that the reunion of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, who will appear at this summer's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, follows a winding road that included an aborted Zack de la Rocha solo project, and the three remaining members — Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford — forming AUDIOSLAVE with Chris Cornell. The band will manage itself, with Dan Field handling the solo work of Morello, Wilk and Commerford and William Morris' Sara Newkirk overseeing de la Rocha. If the group goes on to record a new album, presumably it would be on Epic. If they did decide to tour together, it would be huge.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's headlining performance at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was confirmed earlier in the week by press representatives for the festival. The political rap-rock act, which was one of the biggest acts of the '90s, played Coachella's main stage during the festival's first edition in 1999. The group broke up in 2000 after three studio albums, one collection of covers and one live set.

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