Rage Against The Machine Readies Protest Performance

Barbra Streisand, Cher, and Enrique Iglesias are headed to Los Angeles this week for the Democratic National Convention, but there's one act that police are considering a must-see this week: Rage Against The Machine.

The band plans to hit the streets of L.A. on Monday night for a free concert just as President Clinton addresses delegates across the street on the convention floor, a plan that reportedly concerns Los Angeles police.

"We're gravely concerned because of security reasons, just the large number of individuals that this will bring out,'' Los Angeles police spokesman David Kalish told Reuters news service.

The band's performance is reportedly planned for the designated "protest zone" outside the Staples Center, where the convention is being held. Reuters reports that Rage's performance is expected to take place after a protest march uniting dozens of groups under the theme "Human Needs Not Corporate Greed.''

MTV.com's sister site,

Sonicnet, reports that rock journeyman Wayne Kramer (of The MC5), who performed amid riots and police brutality at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, is also in Los Angeles, searching for "a street corner to put my soapbox on."

"I'm hoping to get out there and make noise any way I can," Kramer said. The guitarist said he's open to performing with Rage, noting, "It's good to see some artists trying to carry on what we started. But the trouble with a lot of artists is that they don't want to get their hands dirty.

"A lot of the issues we need to deal with are not glamorous," he said. "Health care, justice, education, housing.... I just want to bring light to these issues in any way I can."

Meanwhile, Streisand, Cher, and Iglesias are expected to perform at various Democratic fund-raisers throughout the week.

MTV News is on hand at the Democratic National Convention this week and will bring you complete coverage of Rage's performance

throughout the night right here on MTV.com.