Rage Against the Machine Biography

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Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
Years Active: –2000, 2007–present
Genres: Rap Rock


Rage Against the Machine is an American rock band, formed in 1991 in Los Angeles, California. The band's line-up comprises vocalist Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk.

They released their debut album, “Rage Against the Machine,” in 1992 and although not immediately successful, it did reach first position in the Top Heatseekers chart, and eventually reached #45 in the Billboard 200.

Their next major release was “Evil Empire,” which entered the Billboard 200 at number one in 1996. The song "Tire Me" won the 1996 Grammy award for Best Metal Performance. The tracks "Bulls on Parade" and "People of the Sun" were both nominated for Grammys for Best Hard Rock Performance in separate years. On May 24, 2000 the album went Triple Platinum.

In 1999, the third studio album, “The Battle of Los Angeles,” also debuted in top spot in the Billboard 200 and it sold 430,000 copies in its first week, later going double-platinum.

The band, however, split in October 2000. Their final studio album was a cover album entitled “Renegades,” released shortly after the band's dissolution.

“The Battle of Mexico City,” a video album composed of a recording of a 1999 live performance in Mexico City, was released in 2001.

In 2003, a live album titled “Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium” was released. It was an edited recording of the band's final two concerts on September 12 and 13, 2000 at the Grand Olympic Auditorium.

After a seven-year hiatus, the band reunited in January 2007 at the Coachella Festival. However, according to guitarist Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine has no plans to record new material.

The band achieved their first ever #1 single with "Killing in the Name" as a Christmas number one single on 2009 in UK courtesy of a Facebook campaign against The X Factor.




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