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Rage Against The Machine Reuniting, Confirmed First Coachella Headliner For 2020

Just one day after My Chemical Romance announced their first reunion show in seven years, Rage Against The Machine has announced a reunion tour after eight years with five shows planned in 2020.

The news came via a new Instagram account that has since been verified as legitimate. Forbes confirmed, Wayne Kamemoto, a longtime associate of the band just said, “The band’s social media is accurate.”

The band hasn’t played together since their 2011 L.A. Rising show at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Guitarist Tom Morello, drummer Brad Wilk and bassist Tim Commerford teamed with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real for Prophets Of Rage in May 2016. Frontman Zack de la Rocha has also reportedly been working on some solo material, though the last time he released anything was also in 2016.

Two of the dates revealed will be at Coachella, confirming them as the first headliners revealed for 2020. It will be interesting to see how the landscape of the festival changes with a more punk-centric and divisive headliner.

See the post and all dates below. Tickets will be available here.


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Artists, activists declare victory as 40+ major events state they have no plans to use facial recognition

Since September, there has been a large coalition of artists and fans who have rallied against the use of facial recognition at festivals and music events. Yesterday, activists declared victory as 40+ major events state they have no plans to use the technology.

The movement was spearheaded by Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Evan Greer of digital rights group Fight for the Future, who published an op-ed on Buzzfeed News yesterday.

“Our campaign pushed more than 40 of the world’s largest music festivals — like Coachella, Bonnaroo, and SXSW — to go on the record and state clearly that they have no plans to use facial recognition technology at their events,” they wrote. “Facing backlash, Ticketmaster all but threw Blink Identity under the bus, distancing itself from the surveillance startup it boasted about partnering with just a year ago.”

Nahko and Medicine for the People, Thievery Corporation, Gramatik, Anti-Flag, Atmosphere, Speedy Ortiz, and Downtown Boys were among the other artists voicing their disapproval of the technology.

Morello and Greer aren’t stopping at music events, however. They also list sporting events, transportation, public housing, schools, law enforcement agencies, and all public places as areas of interest in protecting people’s privacy.

“When it comes to automated and insidious invasions of our personal lives and most basic rights, tech lobbyists and politicians sell a calculated brand of cynicism. […] We can prove them wrong, by channeling our ambient anxiety and online outrage into meaningful action and political power.”

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