Prophets of Rage, the supergroup featuring three Rage Against the Machine members, Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real, will be in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention in July. “We’ll be rocking furiously in and around the RNC,” guitarist Tom Morello tells Bloomberg Politics.
“Well there’s a thing called the Republican National Convention in July, and that will be a perfect place for a band like Prophets of Rage to cause a raucous, and we will be there on the streets, in the field,” Morello says. “We have a venue and there may be venues that will be spontaneous venues, it’s hard to say. This is the kind of thing you don’t broadcast to the local authorities prior to arrival.”
“My view is that progressive, radical change always comes from below, not above. So even if you stake all of your hopes for you and your family on hope, well sometimes that doesn’t work out. If you stake it on this xenophobic, fear-based racism, that’s not gonna work out either,” Morello says.
“The underlying problems are systemic. The songs that we’ve been writing about for decades attack the system, not the individual candidates. How people change the world, it starts around people’s kitchen tables, it starts in their classrooms, it starts wherever people talk about making a world we want to one day see.”
Morello told Rolling Stone, “Prophets of Rage combines the sonic power of Rage, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. It’s my contention that we can no longer stand on the sidelines of history. Dangerous times demand dangerous songs. Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are both constantly referred to in the media as raging against the machine. We’ve come back to remind everyone what raging against the machine really means.”