Prophets of Rage, the supergroup featuring members of Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill and Public Enemy, may be finished after putting on just one show.
The band, which consists of Cypress Hill’s B-Real, Public Enemy’s Chuck D, and RATM’s lineup minus vocalist Zack de la Rocha, are scheduled to play their first concert tonight (May 31st) at Los Angeles club Whisky A Go Go, and there are currently no plans for any other shows.
RATM guitarist Tom Morello got things started by phoning Chuck D’s wife and texting B-Real.
Chuck D tells Rolling Stone, “I heard the rumour for years that Zack isn’t going to perform with Rage, and they’d need someone to fill in. My wife is very into politics, and she had a great conversation with Tom. I talked to him and said ‘Sure.’”
B-Real adds, “What Tom told me was along the lines of ‘The people need a voice right now.’”
RATM drummer Brad Wilk says the setlist for tonight’s show will be “pretty evenly split” between RATM, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill songs. B-Real adds, “We haven’t talked about any of that stuff after the LA show. We also have our commitments to Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. We just want to focus on the show and make sure we give 110%.”
Bassist Tim Commerford insists that Rage Against The Machine are not over. He says, “We’re not breaking up, we just do things our own way. Here we are, 25 years later, still a band. And if we did ever play or make new music, it would be a very big deal. I spoke to Zack and got his blessing, and that’s really great. We’re a family, and there’s support across the board.”