Watch: Politically charged "elite task force" Prophets Of Rage make LA debut
By Benjamin Irons
"Elite task force" Prophets Of Rage sent shockwaves through the musical stratosphere following their initial public announcement last week with regard to the fusion of Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, Public Enemy's Chuck D and DJ Lord, and B-Real from Cypress Hill into one supermassive rock group. This week, they're making headlines after their debut show in LA got off to an explosive start; with the city's famed 'Whiskey a Go-Go' being plastered with political fliers and even a politically motivated inscription of "#MakeAmericaRageAgain" on the walls outside.
Morello told Rolling Stones: "We're an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit...". And they did just that, opening their revolutionary set with Public Enemy's "Prophets Of Rage", followed by a collection of RATM classic's including: "Guerilla Radio", "People Of The Sun" and "Take The Power Back". A set heavily concentrated by RATM songs was then put to one side as CH's B-Real and PE's Chuck D and DJ Lord took centre stage and combined to wow the crowd with a tour de force of hip-hop jewels including "Insane In The Membrane", "Bring The Noise" and "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That".
The flower of RATM's music catalogue was then executed to perfection as Prophets Of Rage concluded the set with a mashup of Beastie Boys' "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn" and PE's "Fight The Power", along with spirited renditions of "Bulls On Parade" and "Killing In The Name", whereby B-Real appropriately terminated a night of mayhem by chanting "Thank you... and fuck you, I won't do what you tell me".
* Header artwork by Harry Irons.