Rage Against The Machine Takes Message To Mexico City, Plans New York In-Store

Playing to a sold-out crowd, Rage Against The Machine took its heavily politicized message to Mexico City for the first time Wednesday night and sparked at least a bit of unrest in the process.

The show stirred up a bit of trouble when a number of fans without tickets attempted to crash the gates of the Palacio de los Deportes, prompting police in riot gear to move in to contain the situation.

Those who made it in to the show were treated to a set rich with new tracks from Rage’s upcoming album, “The Battle Of Los Angeles,” as well as more well-known anthems like “Bulls On Parade” and “Freedom.”

The band also used the opportunity to roll out the new, unreleased song “Zapata’s Song,” which was inspired by Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata.

The show was captured by an MTV film crew and will air as a concert special on November 5. The special will cap off a big week for the band that will see “The Battle Of Los Angeles” hit stores on November 2, and Rage
play in midtown Manhattan that same day for a taping of “The Late Show With David Letterman.” The group will then stop by MTV’s studios on Wednesday, November 3 for a half-hour live special following that day’s edition of “Total Request Live.”

The band has now added an in-store appearance to its schedule and will swing by the Virgin Megastore in Times Square at 5:45 p.m. on November 3 to greet fans.