While these may not be the band’s intentions, they certainly had a way of disturbing the peace. During their musical performance on SNL in 1996 their set was cut from 2 songs to just 1 after inverting American flags over their amps in protest the guest host Steve Forbes. During their video shoot for “Sleep Now in Fire”, they were filming in front of Federal Hall in Manhattan when director Michael Moore was arrested. They had been shooting in a restricted area and had drawn a crowd. During his arrest, Moore said to cause chaos in the stock exchange. Which actually happened, causing a shutdown of capitalism for the day. The band also famously caused a riot at the Democratic convention the same year. (See the whole thing below)
In 2000 vocalist Zack left the band, his perspective was that the band could not agree on the next step moving forward. After his departure the remaining three members joined Chris Cornell in forming the band Audioslave. Rage would not play another show until 2007, which was Coachella, their reasoning was to stand-up to “the right wing purgatory”.
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Author: Zac Hinderhofer
Zac Hinderhofer is a producer, digital content writer, and also one of the visionaries behind First State Studios. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 2018 where he interned for the Preston and Steve Show and began working for WJBR as a Street Team member in Wilmington, Delaware. Zac has always been pop-culture obsessed whether it be music, film, or television. His passion lies in seeing as much live music as one possibly could in a lifetime. As a fan of all kinds of artists and talents, he acknowledges that Delaware and its surrounding states may have more unexposed potencial than anywhere else in the country right now. His goal as a fan, is to make you aware of talent!
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