Rage Against the Machine Reviews


Rage at Roseland Ballroom, October 2nd
By J.

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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