Rage Against the Machine, a rock band, recently hosted more than 30,000 people at Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Music Theatre. They returned to the stage after 11 years of absence or inactivity, including the delays that happened due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, in their first show in 11 years, Rage Against the Machine ripped off the decision of the Supreme Court. They called to abort the judiciary after the revoke of the landmark ruling Roe v. Wade in 1973. The landmark ruling established the right to abortion more than two weeks ago under Constitutional privacy protections.
Rage Against the Machine already announced the recent tour in 2019, after which fans were eagerly waiting for them to return on stage. According to the data collected by Variety, the original decision was to begin the reunion at a small venue near the border in El Paso, Texas. The event was about to follow the 2020 US presidential election. However, when the show got postponed for two years, the list of political frustrations grew in number in the United States of America. While performing, the audience could see the uneasiness of the band.
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The most significant thing to notice was that all the four members, vocalist Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford, and drummer Brad Wilk, didn’t present their statements. The band was all silent and just performed. However, various statements flashed over the screen.
Against the decision of the Supreme Court to overturn Roe V. Wade, Zack de la Rocha recently cried out for freedom on Saturday Night. The band presented a statement on that night. They illustrated the forced birth in such a country where there is no paid paternal leave at the national level despite being the wealthiest country worldwide.
They also mentioned that the maternal mortality rate is two to three times more for the mothers giving birth to a black child than the mothers of a white child. They also mentioned that they are forced birth to a country that has more number of deaths of teenagers and children due to gun violence. After keeping all these points in their statement, they concluded it by motivating the audience to abort the Supreme Court.
On 24th June, after the news of the reversal of Roe, Rage announced that for the Alpine show and two shows at the United Center, Chicago, about USD 475,000 in ticket sales will go to the reproductive rights organizations in Wisconsin and Illinois.
In the beginning, for one and a half hours, Rage played the best covers of their discography and played one of the famous 2000s covers, The Ghost of Tom Joad, from the album Renegades. The album was by Bruce Springsteen. Rage has not released any original music in the last 23 years, and the group has not performed together since 2011.
While performing, several other clips were displayed on the projector, including the poor state of the country, the topic of immigration, over-policing and mass shootings, and many more.
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Based on the data given by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the recent show was without any dialogue. They could only see the group leaving the stage, and some grisly scenes played behind them on the projections. The gruesome scenes included an El Paso police car burning in fire, a Border Patrol agent making a pose with an upset German Shephard, and a blindfolded boy smashing a pinata of an ICE agent. All the scenes are described based on the information given by Variety. However, the reunion tour will continue to be conducted in 12 countries.
The last studio album of the band was released back in 2000. They have now joined the growing list of celebrities and artists who are against the decision of the Supreme Court of ruling to overturn the landmark abortion rights. During the bad performance of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong in London, he announced that he is planning to renounce his US citizenship because of the overturn of Roe.
Due to the decision of ruling, many GOP-led states have started the implementation or are enacting their abortion bans and limitations. However, Biden, the President, has already signed an executive order which will prevent further abortion and contraception in the country.
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