- Rage Against The Machine is going on tour for the first time in a decade.
- These Che Guevara t-shirt wearing millionaires will be quite a sight.
- Arent they getting a little too old for the youthful rebellion shtick?
Rage Against The Machine rocked fans Monday with a big announcement.
Theyre going on a worldwide reunion tour starting next month. The sensational 90s rap metal band will make 40 stops to play to arenas around the world.
Admittedly, the election year optics will be spectacular.
Problem is theyre getting way too old for the rage against the machine shtick. It was cool when they did it back in the 90s. But thats because they were in their early 20s.
Youthful rebellion is admirable. But if you never grow out of it by the time youre as old as the members of Rage Against The Machine, then youre just pathetic.
Rage Against The Machine Is Pathetic
Did these guys (and their head banging fans) never grow up?
Or as Green Days Billie Joe Armstrong once put it:
I think its your own choice if you turn from an angry young man to a bitter, old bastard.
I guess Rage is going with the bitter, old bastard route.
Or as Winston Churchill once purportedly said:
Anyone who is not a liberal at 20 years of age has no heart. While anyone who is still a liberal at 40 has no brain.
You can tell Rage Against The Machines members have no brain.
Or that they dont use it for much other than making sick jams. Otherwise how could they bear the contradiction of being radical, left-wing, socialist millionaires?
So raise your fists and march aroundDont dare take what you needIll jail and bury those committedAnd smother the rest in greed-RATM, Sleep Now In The Fire (1999)
Looks like Rage Against The Machine got smothered.
The money probably helps. These rock stars have turned anti-capitalism into a very marketable brand and become filthy rich from it. Their recommending reading list includes books by Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Che Guevara and Vladimir Lenin.
Guitarist Tom Morellos net worth is estimated in excess of $35 million. Front man Zack de la Rochas net worth tops $25 million. Pick a lane, oh rageful ones.
What does the billboard sayCome and play, come and playForget about the movement-RATM, Freedom (1992)
Your Anger Is Not A Gift
In their 1992 single, Freedom Rage Against The Machine quotes Malcolm X:
Your anger is a gift.
But the reason nature makes adolescents angry and rebellious is so theyll move out of their parents house. Thats the only way they can grow up. Once its served that function healthy adults cut it loose. Thats actually part of the growing up.
Because anger clouds our vision. Rage is blinding. It feels good in the moment, but its impulsive and stupid because it cant see very far ahead. And it gives no thought to others or perspectives outside its own narrow tunnel vision.
Like all adolescent points of view, anger is selfish and naive.
But our cultures greatest weakness is it creates too many adults who cant let go of youth. The message Rage Against The Machine touring in 2020 sends is something like: Stay young with me forever as your life washes away beneath you.
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This article was edited by Sam Bourgi.
Last modified: February 11, 2020 12:36 AM UTC