Political rock band Rage Against the Machine returned to the stage for the first time in over a decade on Saturday night, denouncing the death of Roe V. Wade and calling for “Drop the Supreme Court.”
The group’s reunion tour, which was scheduled to begin before the 2020 presidential election, has been delayed due to the COVID pandemic. But the members came out gangbusters this weekend with much of their trademark rage pent up at a summer festival south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Captioned messages scrolled across a screen on their stage – and on others in the crowd of 30,000 at the Alpine Valley Music Theater – targeting the Supreme Court’s decision last month to drop half a century of abortion rights, reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“Forced birth in a country which is the only wealthy country in the world with no nationally guaranteed paid parental leave,” a caption read.
“Forced childbirth in a country where black birth attendants experience two to three times the maternal mortality of white birth attendants,” another said as lead singer Zack of La Rocha shouted “freedom.” “Forced birth in a country where gun violence is the leading cause of death among children and adolescents,” read an additional message.
And then, in capital letters: “DROP THE SUPREME COURT”.
The group announced last month that it was donating $475,000 to reproductive rights organizations in the Midwest. “We are disgusted by the repeal of Roe v. Wade and the devastating impact it will have on tens of millions of people,” the group said in a statement announcing the contribution.
During its 90 minutes on stage, Rage Against the Machine also featured several music videos attacking the American state, dealing in chilling ways with topics of immigration, policing and mass shootings.
Footage included a burning El Paso police cruiser, a helicopter descending on refugees in a boat, and a Border Patrol agent standing near a drone and a German Shepherd. The group’s final number was “Killing in the Name” – their furious response to the beating of black motorist Rodney King by Los Angeles police in 1991.
The band members did not speak about the controversies discussed on stage, even though guitarist Tom Morello wore an “I Love CRT” – Critical Race Theory – t-shirt, Rolling Stone reported.
The Rage ensemble wasn’t the only performance to address the death of Roe V. Wade at the music festival.
Last Sunday, Halsey turned the hit “Nightmare” into a battle cry for abortion rights. “Roe’s knockdown is a catastrophic attack,” said a message flashed during his performance. “Don’t wait for revolutionaries to change the world. The job is ours and we must do it now.
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