Rage Against The Machine's Anti-Inauguration
Jan. 22 [8:00 EST] -- Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello marked the presidential inaugural on Monday by staging the satellite-radio-and-Internet concert "Radio Free L.A.
Morello was joined by Rage singer Zack De La Rocha, Beck, Cypress Hill, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Porno For Pyros drummer Stephen Perkins.
The show, broadcast from the Sony studios in Santa Monica, California, also offered phone interviews with Chuck D of Public Enemy, and three people with whom Rage has long allied itself: black writer Mumia Abu Jamal (imprisoned for killing a policeman), American-Indian leader Leonard Peltier (the subject of the band's 1994 single "Freedom," who's been imprisoned for 20 years), and the curiously accessible Mexican guerrilla leader who calls himself Sub-Commandante Marcos.
Obviously the show was filled with plenty of messages," Morello told MTV News. "I think that's it appropriate to have a rebuttal to all the glad handing and smiling,
and 'oh, it's gonna be another great four years.' For a lot of people it's not going to be a great four years, just like the last years wasn't a great four years. And so those are some of the stories we wanted to tell tonight. And while there's a lot of celebration, a lot of joy that happened in the music tonight, there's a serious content as well.
The concert was picked up by 60 radio stations around the country, and you can see what you missed by checking out the Rage Against The Machine website.