RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE made its first New York appearance in seven years on Saturday (July 28) at the "Rock the Bells" festival at Randalls Island. The first of two shows (July 28-29) drew 35,000 fans, with tickets to yesterday's installment having vanished in 20 minutes.According to NYDailyNews.com, "PUBLIC ENEMY made the best case for elder power. They played with a flair, verbal dexterity and intensity nearly invisible among today's most commercial hip-hop acts. The live band behind Chuck D and Flava Flav tore through classics like 'Bring the Noise' [featuring a guest appearance by ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian; photo] and '911 Is a Joke' with an inspired fury." "Of course, RAGE remained the big draw. And they fulfilled every possible expectation. Frontman Zach De La Rocha acted as if he hadn't been let out of the house since the last time he played with the band. He exploded like a jack-in-the-box, leaping about the stage with an incendiary anger and rapping his bourgeois lefty lyrics like a human I.E.D. Tom Morello manically attacked his guitar, spitting out industrial strength leads. The rhythm section had the concussive precision of prime LED ZEPPELIN." Check out photos from the concert at NYDailyNews.com.
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