RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Planning 20th Anniversary Celebration?

According to The Pulse Of Radio, rumors are swirling online that RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE is planning something big to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary. So far, the group has announced just one date, headlining a festival called L.A. Rising on July 30 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Although the band reunited in 2007 following a seven-year break, they have not done a full tour or recorded new material, opting instead for scattered festival dates both in the U.S. and Europe.

RAGE's last full album release was the 2000 covers collection "Renegades". The band's last set of original material was 1999's "The Battle Of Los Angeles".

Meanwhile, guitarist Tom Morello has set August 30 as the release date for his third album as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, titled "World Wide Rebel Songs".

Morello told The Pulse Of Radio he delayed the release of the record so that he could take part in protests in Madison, Wisconsin earlier this year against the anti-union policies of Governor Scott Walker. "That record was planned and ready to go when the Madison thing erupted, and I just said, you know, I've got to do something about this," he said. "I can't just sit on the sidelines. I want to lend whatever help I can as a musician and as an activist to help steel the spine of this growing labor movement."

The guitarist released an EP called "Union Town" digitally on May 17. All profits from sales of the EP benefit The America Votes Labor Unity Fund via SaveWorkers.org. The disc consists of eight pro-union songs inspired by the Madison rallies this past February.

Unlike previous acoustic NIGHTWATCHMAN albums, "World Wide Rebel Songs" features a full electric band. The debut single, "Save The Hammer For The Man", features Ben Harper on guitar and vocals.


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