Rage Against the Machine to reunite in 2020

Ending a nine-year hiatus.

Rage Against the Machine will reunite in 2020, ending a nine-year hiatus with shows that include stops at Coachella.

After reports of RATM’s reunion emerged over the weekend, the band seemed to confirm the news on November 1 in a post on their newly verified Instagram account.

The post is a photograph of ongoing political protests in Chile that, as Rolling Stone points out, guitarist Morello had posted on his own account days earlier. Its caption simply lists a series of 2020 tour dates, including stops in Indio, California during Coachella’s two weekends. Besides the festival, Rage Against the Machine will also play shows in El Paso, Texas; Las Cruces, New Mexico; and Phoenix, Arizona.

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Chuck D and B-Real of rap-rock supergroup—and Rage Against the Machine side project—Prophets of Rage have acknowledged the band’s return in social media posts. They have also indicated that the return of RATM means the Prophets project will wind down.

“It was about doing something greater than self,” Chuck D (also of Public Enemy) tweeted. “Keeping ZDLR [Zack de la Rocha] spot warm for @RATM & powering a ??statement for 1000 days was a honorable truth mission in the hours of chaos from the jump… And so the bands rock on….”

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On Instagram, B-Real (also of Cypress Hill) thanked fans for supporting Prophets of Rage “for the time we’ve been rocking together.” He later added, “Rockin along side of Chuck and Tom has been amazing to say the least. It was fun while it lasted and I hope we left a big impression and that the music has been a source of inspiration for those that needed it. That was the purpose we got together.” Read his full post below.

It is currently unclear whether Rage Against the Machine will play more than those five shows listed on Instagram, or if their reunion will result in new music or an album. The band’s last album, Renegades, will mark its 20th anniversary next year.

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