Watch Rage Against the Machine Play First Show 26 Years Ago
Rage Against the Machine are arguably one of the most important rock bands of all time, but everyone has to start somewhere. For Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, that start came on October 23, 1991 at California State University, Northridge. The quartet performed future hits such as "Killing in the Name," "Take the Power Back" and "Know Your Enemy" for the first time in a public setting. Check out video of the full set below and be sure to leave us a comment with your thoughts.
Rage Against the Machine went on to release three official full-length albums over the course of roughly seven years. Their self-titled debut came a year after this performance in 1992. They followed it four years later with Evil Empire, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 with 250,000 copies sold in its first week. The group's 1999 album, The Battle of Los Angeles, also debuted at No. 1 but saw a significant increase in first-week sales to around 420,000 units.
Most recently, drummer Wilk claimed that "nothing would make [him] happier" than a Rage Against the Machine reunion. Also, check out this video of a guy shredding through every Rage song in three minutes.
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