They had a good run but they were also very much of their time - liked them then, still like them now, but not going to pretend that they're doing a few shows to play old songs is going to change the world.
If they dropped a (good) new album then hit the road -- I might be more interested.
I think this may lack the impact you're talking about because they have already reunited before.
For me personally, I've always loved the concept of RATM more than the actual music itself. I dig what they did/represented, and I certainly recognize the impact they had and the influence and the live show is pretty fucking out of control, but I'd be lying if I said I was ever able to listen to a full LP from front-to-back.
If they had put out one EP of the best songs from their first two albums and then never done anything else, I'd probably think they were legends lol.
Rage Against the Machine Announce Reunion Tour Dates
Run the Jewels will open for them
Daniel Kohn // February 10, 2020
For those hoping that Rage Against the Machine’s tour wouldn’t be limited, well, you’re in luck.
The band will play a large-scale tour that kicks off in El Paso in March, as previously reported. The proceeds from the El Paso show, along with their shows in Las Cruces, New Mexico and Glendale, Arizona, will be given to immigrant rights organizations. Proceeds from other shows will be given to other activists in other cities as well.
“Through ticketing, volunteering and band donations, Rage Against the Machine will be working with multiple charities and activist organizations throughout the tour,” a statement from the band published in the Detroit Free Press said.
Run the Jewels will open up the dates for the reunited band.
Tickets will be available through the band’s website.
Check out the tour dates below:
March 26 — El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center March 28 — Las Cruces, NM @ Pan American Center March 30 — Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena April 10 — Indio, CA @ Coachella April 17 — Indio, CA @ Coachella April 21 — Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena April 25 — Portland, OR @ Moda Center April 28 — Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome May 1 — Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum at the PNE May 3 — Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place May 5 — Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome May 7 — Winnipeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place May 9 — Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center May 11 — Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center May 14 — Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center May 16 — St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center May 19 — Chicago, IL @ United Center May 23 — Boston, MA @ Boston Calling June 19 — Dover, DE @ Firefly July 10 — East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre July 13 — Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena July 17 — Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest July 18 — Festival d’Été de Québec @ Festival d’Été de Québec July 21 — Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Centre July 23 — Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena July 27 — Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center July 29 — Cleveland, OH @ Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse July 31 — Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena August 2 — Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena August 4 — Washington DC @ Capital One Arena August 7 — Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion August 10 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden August 11 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden August 28 — Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival August 30 — Reading, UK @ Reading Festival September 1 — Paris, France @ Rock En Seine Festival September 4 — Stradbally Laois, Ireland @ Electric Picnic Festival September 6 — Berlin, Germany @ Lollapalooza Berlin Festival September 8 — Prague, Czech Republic @ O2 Arena September 10 — Krakow, Poland @ Tauron Arena
14. "Saw them 20 years ago in Oakland at the Coliseum (now Oracle Center)" In response to Reply # 13
...and it was like a 17K sized mosh pit.
I sat in the stands, right where the floor met the side of the stands. The crowd on the floor got so intense that folks were climbing the walls and then fans to get in the stands to escape the intensity of the moshing.
Not that I expected a Rage concert to be a quiet, intimate experience but the anarchy was noticeable and a bit frightening.
15. "LOL. When I saw them I had to walk THRU the pit." In response to Reply # 14
I was like 5 "rows" back (in quotes because there were no seats, it was Rock the Bells so any organization was crowd-made) for Wu-Tang at Rock the Bells on Randall's Island in ... 2007 or 2008 when RATM was headlining. So Wu finished and Rage was next. I *thought* I wanted to remain where I was for Rage, so I stayed put while a good majority of the crowd went and apparently drank all the water while they flipped the stage for RATM.
Big mistake. As it got closer to showtime the savages came and staked their position. I was still cool at first cuz I was high as fuck and was really psyched to be so close for that RATM reunion. But then after the excitement of the first like 5 songs had run its course, and we'd run out of weed, I had a fucking fierce case of dry mouth and needed liquids stat.
Tried to make my way through the crowd and found myself on the outer circle of a psychotic mob/mosh pit beating the fuck out of eachother. Unless I wanted to walk like 100 yards to my left or right to avoid it I had no choice but to fight my way thru.
So I threw up my hands on some white flag shit trying to find whatever space I could. Couple kids almost came to destroy me but once they saw that I was not one of them they played nice and let me thru.
Dodged that bullet basically unscatched; I only caught a couple shoves and low elbows to the midsection as I rushed thru.
...... only to find that there was no water left anywhere. Fuck.
Watched the rest of the show from the back of that first huge sea of humans, which was fine. At least I caught Wu up close and the first few Rage songs too.
That was fun as hell but I doubt I'd do it again unless I had some kind of water apparatus attached to me lol.
17. "Smh, I never could even deal with people “grabbing me” at the bar" In response to Reply # 15
You know those drunk friends who would grab you, put their arm around your shoulder all rough and shit as a greeting? Nah. I never went for that. Don’t grab me. And that was the case in my early 20s even.
Walking through a mosh pit as a grown ass man? Lol. I would’ve walked that extra 100 yards ALL the way around that. These dumb asses punch each other and it’s all good? SMH. Fuck all that.
19. "Oh yea I've always hated crowded bars, then and now." In response to Reply # 17
>You know those drunk friends who would grab you, put their >arm around your shoulder all rough and shit as a greeting? >Nah. I never went for that. Don’t grab me. And that was >the case in my early 20s even.
There's the bullshit you describe above for sure, then there's just the abject nightmare of going to the bar for the next round at a crowded bar. Not only am I just generally uncomfortable with folks in my personal space, but a huge part of that is cuz I naturally run hot, I'm always fucking hot, so it doesn't take much for me to sweat under those conditions.
>Walking through a mosh pit as a grown ass man? Lol. I >would’ve walked that extra 100 yards ALL the way around >that. These dumb asses punch each other and it’s all good? >SMH. Fuck all that.
Fuuuuck all that is right. Was never my scene, I've never understood it.