By Zachary Swickey
Last year, the music world was buzzing with rumors that Rage Against the Machine were working on a new album when a Chilean newspaper, La Tercera, reported just that based off an interview with frontman Zack de la Rocha. Of course, by now, most fans have assumed that this was not the case, or simply an inaccurate translation (the interview was in Spanish), especially since there's been no further confirmation from the band or even activity being reported. Perhaps they're too busy putting the finishing touches on a new masterpiece of sounds that people will swear aren’t coming from a guitar?
Perhaps indeed. Because, while it’s not the announcement of a new album, a posting on Coachella’s official Facebook page has given fans a new reason to hope: “SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, July 30 in Los Angeles: Rage Against the Machine, Muse, Rise Against, & More. Stay tuned for details.”
If Rage does have a new album under their belt, what better place to debut it than their hometown of Los Angeles? For the few years since they’ve reunited — at least on the stage — Rage have been shooting down rumors of new music, opting instead to only play select live shows. With the exception of an off-date benefit concert last year, the L.A. gig will be Rage’s first performance in the US since 2008 (and, given that they're sharing the stage with Muse — whose last album was called The Resistance — and Rise Against — who are no slouches when it comes to politics either — they'll be in good company.)
Of course, it could just be another RATM show ... an email to a spokesperson for Coachella seeking comment was not responded to by press time. Still, at this point, we're ready. No matter what Rage have in store for us later this summer.