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Rage Against the Machine to reunite in 2020, including stop at Coachella

Posted: 10:40 AM, Nov 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-01 18:25:50-04
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(KGTV) — It will be nearly a decade since Rage Against the Machine played live when they reunite for a short tour in 2020.

The band announced the four-city tour on its newly created Instagram page, revealing stops in El Paso, Texas (March 26); Las Cruces, N.M. (March 28); Phoenix, Ariz. (March 30); and Indio, Calif. (April 10 and 17.)

RATM's Indio stops coincide with next year's dates for the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival.

During the band's hiatus, frontman Zack de la Rocha performed solo, last releasing an album in 2016. RATM's other members, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford, formed the band Prophets of Rage with Public Enemy's Chuck D and Cypress Hill's B-Real.

The iconic — and highly political — rap metal band formed in 1991 in Los Angeles but hasn't played since 2011, when members took the stage at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The upcoming presidential election may be partially to thank for RATM's reunion. The band first broke up in 2000, before returning in 2007 — a year before the presidential election. And following the 2016 election, Morello told The Washington Times that he and others formed Prophets of Rage in response.

“You could argue that it’s always overdue for people in their vocation to speak up about the injustices of the day,” Morello told The Times. “This is a particularly dire time, and we couldn’t remain silent.”