Rage's De La Rocha Ready To Start On Solo LP

As Rage Against The Machine continues to sell some 15,000 copies a week of "The Battle Of Los Angeles," lead singer Zack De La Rocha is getting ready to start recording his own solo album that will be carried by Rage's label, Epic Records.

De La Rocha will apparently huddle in a New York City studio with El-P from the underground rap outfit Company Flow to cut a few tracks for the forthcoming solo project, his first apart from Rage Against The Machine since the group formed in 1991.

Company Flow released a highly acclaimed album, "Funcrusher Plus," in 1997 and appeared on both volumes of Rawkus Records' "Soundbombing" compilations, contributing a track called "Patriotism" to "Soundbombing II," which was issued last April.

According to a source close to the project, El-P is one of several producers that De La Rocha plans to work with on the album, and there's a chance that the tracks Zack and El-P do end up collaborating on might not make the final

record.

It may also take a while for the Zack De La Rocha album to turn up on store shelves, considering the extended amount of time it takes for Rage to produce an album, as the band has released just three LPs over an eight-year period.

Rage Against The Machine has yet to announce its plans for an upcoming tour, although the band has signed on to play the HFStival in Washington, D.C. on May 28 (see "Rage, STP, 3EB, Others On For HFStival").

The band also has been confirmed to play the Reading Festival and the Leeds Festival in the U.K. on August 26 and 27, respectively.