Rage at Roseland Ballroom, October 2nd
I've seen PE a few times, & this was my 10th time seeing Rage. Although they're my favorite band I'll be honest & admit their performance today was less than stellar...Good but not up to Rage's usual level. PE were The shit!..they gave a more heartleft performance than Rage did. Chuck & company went all out to put on a good show since this was the beggining of their world tour, while Rage seemed to just go thru the songs & gave the shortest set I have ever seen them play. The first song to me sounded like the regular "Maria" from that live MP3 going around; not the "Testify/Maria" hybrid. Guess remains to be seen which song will be which on the album. As always "Calm Like a Bomb" was awesome, & "Guerrilla Radio" sounds better live than on MP3. Maybe I seen them too many times now, but to me the best songs were the new ones; "Born of a Broken Man" still sounds great live. I was expecting a lot of new songs but dissapointingly; "Sleep Now in the Fire" was the only new song I'd never heard before today. "SNITF" is a bit different, the begining sounds almost like an 80s-metal song. Again; Public Enemy was great. They seemed to run out of time which didn't make sense since Rage played short...and they didn't collaborate on stage either. Still, It was a regular good Rage show & PE saved the day.
PE: (The ones I remember) Prophets of Rage Public Enemy No.1 Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos 911 Is A Joke He Got Game BY the Time I Get to Arizona (snippet) Crayola Crash Here I Go Give it Up (snippet) Rebel Without a Pause Fight the Power Shut 'Em Down (New Flava solo joint) Welcome to the Terrordome Bring the Noise Do You Wanna Go Our Way
Rage: 1. Maria 2. Guerrilla Radio 3. Bullet in the Head 4. Sleep Now in the Fire 5. Calm Like a Bomb 6. Born of a Broken Man 7. People of the Sun 8. Bulls on Parade 9. Know Your Enemy 10. Killing in the Name 11. Freedom.
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