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tklint24
03-06-2007, 10:58 PM
Rage against the Machine, in my opinion, is the greatest rock band of our era. I was too young to see them live before 99' (I'm 21 right now), so i wanted to hear you guy's past experiences seeing RAGE live. This festival, without a doubt, should be the the greatest music fest since Woodstock 69. Its going to be crazy.

scoop49er
03-07-2007, 06:59 AM
saw rage in 97 and 99. the 99 show was in sacramento. never saw a entire floor of a arena shake like it did during rage's set. constant movement the entire floor at one point was a mosh pit and jumping up and down.. insane. it will be a amazing show.

prelude0-60
03-07-2007, 07:04 AM
I saw them at woodstock 99 and it was amazing!!!! The whole crowd moved in one motion except for the pit:-) I cant wait!!!!

faxman75
03-07-2007, 07:28 AM
Saw them at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago I think during the Evil Empire tour, I think it was 1996. I saw them again in 1997 or 1998 at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Wisconsin, Eddie Vedder solo and the Beastie Boys also performed. The pits at both shows ruined any music that was played.

whytee
03-07-2007, 02:44 PM
saw them in houston in 99.....i waited in line an hr, was the third person, and by the time i got my tickets the floor was SOLD OUT...we got seat tickets....the floor was a fucking riot the entire time....my buddy came up to our seats about half way through from the floor...i still to this day remember him saying to me "its too much man, i cant take it".........coachella is going to be completly fucking nuts and i will be there front row!!

SmokesQuantity
03-07-2007, 03:15 PM
I saw Rage at the very first Coachella. Much like both times Tool played, I don't recall there being a pit any bigger than your garden-variety mosh pit. That is to say, there were definitely people moshing, but the crowd didn't "go complete fucking nuts" and there was never a point where it seemed like anything was out of control. So, to all the people who expect Rage to create this massive wave of crazy fans who are going to go ape shit, don't hold your breath.

mandelbaum
03-07-2007, 04:04 PM
Rage against the Machine, in my opinion, is the greatest rock band of our era. I was too young to see them live before 99' (I'm 21 right now), so i wanted to hear you guy's past experiences seeing RAGE live. This festival, without a doubt, should be the the greatest music fest since Woodstock 69. Its going to be crazy.

Despite the ridiculous commentary above, I will provide some info on past experiences. Saw RATM back in '97 and again in '99. Both were arena shows at The Palace of Auburn Hills outside of Detroit. In '97, I had seated tickets. The pit looked insane from front to back and throughout the show people would gather just outside the arena (where the concession areas were) in groups of 50 or more and just storm the floor and jump over the wall that surrounded it. The people in the suites basically threw everything they could get their hands on out into the general area.

In '99 I was on the floor. People started storming the floor before Rage even came on this time...in packs like the last time. As brutal as the floor looked from above, it actually wasn't that bad. Most people were courteous enough and I didn't see too many injuries. Both shows were fantastic...hopefully they won't try to ruin Coachella with a bunch of political bullshit.

Wheels
03-07-2007, 04:39 PM
I saw rage twice (both at uk festivals) but the one that i remember most was reading 93. It was the year they broke in the uk and despite not being the headliner (porno for pyros played after them) everyone was there to see them.

The main stage field was rammed from well before they were due on but 30 minutes passed and they still werent on stage. Just as the atmosphere was starting to get agressive, the opening chords to 'killing in the name' broke out and the whole field went crazy.

Never before or after that gig have i seen a mosh pit extend that far out (pretty much everyone) or seen a band start with their biggest song and still go down a storm for their whole set.

Here's hoping the anticipation for this gig is met as well as it was back then.

meyouseek
03-07-2007, 05:23 PM
Yay, I get to be an asshole and make people jealous!

Lollapalooza '92 I saw Rage 2 days in a row in Irvine, CA. They were pretty much the only band on the second stage that had a pit. Excellent introduction to the band.

Later that year they played on campus at UCLA in a cafeteria-type setting. The stage there is about 2-3 feet high. We had maybe 100 people jammed in there going apeshit until the cops shut it down.

Lollapalooza '93 at the Santa Fe Dam near LA was nuts. Zach railed on KROQ for playing an unauthorized edit of Killing in the Name. It was hot as hell, the crowd was hosed down and the pit turned into mud. Biggest pit I ever saw.

Rage, Beasties and Cypress hill at Cal State Domiguez Hills was also a great show. I might have seen them elsewhere but specific memories have been lost to the sands of time.

ToddThaGod
03-07-2007, 07:43 PM
this will be my first time ever seeing rage. im so psyched and anticipated. i've been listening to the first cd and evil empire non stop in my car. its so hard to stay still and listen to rage.

im also gonna get tickets to the new york show. so that means ill get to see them twice. but damn you guys are lucky

boarderwoozel3
03-07-2007, 10:14 PM
this will be my first time ever seeing rage. im so psyched and anticipated. i've been listening to the first cd and evil empire non stop in my car. its so hard to stay still and listen to rage.

im also gonna get tickets to the new york show. so that means ill get to see them twice. but damn you guys are lucky

Ditto minus the NY show stuff. Mabey a road trip down to SF is in order though.

Natelevmofuggaz
03-08-2007, 09:58 AM
Ditto minus the NY show stuff. Mabey a road trip down to SF is in order though.

Yeah I was thinking of going to the SF date too. That would kick ass.

sddoctor
03-08-2007, 10:06 AM
I'm 23 and I've seen Rage three times. In '96 I think with Foo Fighters opening, '97 and also '99. I thought all three times were thrilling performances. They are definitely dedicated to their music and dedicated to creating a great live experience. Even at a young age, I was in the crowd for the first two times and witnessed the massive pits first hand. The last performance I was in a seat and witnessed the ubiquitous Maynard from Tool appearance. I'm excited to see them once again.

rage patton
03-08-2007, 10:43 AM
I'm 23 and I've seen Rage three times. In '96 I think with Foo Fighters opening, '97 and also '99. I thought all three times were thrilling performances. They are definitely dedicated to their music and dedicated to creating a great live experience. Even at a young age, I was in the crowd for the first two times and witnessed the massive pits first hand. The last performance I was in a seat and witnessed the ubiquitous Maynard from Tool appearance. I'm excited to see them once again.

AH! Im jelous. Oh good... please let Mynard show up during Rages set!

Dirtbag Magee
03-08-2007, 11:20 AM
Saw rage in Sacramento in 99. Was the best show i've ever been to. Masses of people flooded down the stairs like a huge snake when they refused to let more people on the floor. some drunk hick fell off the uper level and tore down the budwiser sign. and i saw some guy jump on some guy from 4 stairs up after he had just beat the crap out of the guy laying on the floor. Oh and the performance was a religious expeirance.

superskankinactionhero
03-17-2007, 05:48 AM
too young to have seen them first time around (i'm 18) but me and my mate used to religiously watch the DVDs and we're both shitting our pants with excitement

BrandX
03-17-2007, 10:18 PM
I was at the Houston show in '99 too whytee! That was the last show I left the pit with blood on my shirt. The last lyrics 'fuck you I won't do what you tell me' the house lights came on and I took the time to look around the arena, every person in the seats and on the floor was going totally ape shit. Most people knew it was their last tour by this point. That was amazing.

The venue they played in is now Joel Olsteen's church... I also saw Tool there 2003. However, I did NOT see the Maynard sing with RATM show *cough sddoctor* ...I could have died happy at that moment I think.

sonofhal
03-18-2007, 03:00 AM
Camden Underworld - Jan 93. Small venue, shitload of people, brilliant atmosphere, explosive set. If they are half as good at Coachella, i will be a happy soul.

reverb
03-20-2007, 08:40 AM
the first time i saw rage was at raji's opening for fishbone. i wasn't prepared for how amazing they were...especially after having seen lock up (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lock_Up_%28US_band%29).


god i'm old.



lol.

Sexecutioner
03-20-2007, 01:29 PM
Seen then at Irvine Meadows, Cox arena in SD, LA Forum, and Coachella. Every time was insanely amazing. Could never get over how much energy was at one show, both the band and the crowd.

Ive seen a million concerts, and any time I see a really good one I start to think it was one of the best shows I've seen. But then I think back to all the REALLY good ones and think, "ok, its not even close to those". And rage was always one of those REALLY good ones. I was probably like 18 when I first saw them, and they set the bar super fuckin high for the next ten years of concerts for me.

THE RAGE IS RELENTLESS!

tklint24
03-25-2007, 01:41 AM
This is from one of my prior posts on a different thread....

Rage against the Machine is FOR SURE the greatest band of all time. No one ever heard the type of shit that Rage was putting out back when they released their self-titled album. It was a new sound that the grunge/mtv fans weren't used to. Now, music experts around the world all agree that their self titled album is one of the best albums ever. For instance, this is what Ed Rivadavia from All Music Guide says about the first album: "The first album to successfully merge the amazingly disparate sounds of rap and heavy metal , Rage Against the Machine 's self-titled debut was groundbreaking enough when it was released, and many would argue that its importance and influence remains unchallenged and unsurpassed to this day" Thats coming from a music expert right there. I mean, every one of their songs is amazing, except some of the tracks froms their most recent album, which is one of the three reasons they broke up. Zack de la Rocha is the most "valid" (for lack of a better word) person I've ever known. He thought the last CD wasn't good enough to be released, and he wanted to start from scratch on a new album, but the three other members wanted it to be released, and that was pretty much the downfall of the group. Theres also that whole thing with bassist Tim Commerford and the MTV music awards when he went on top of one of the props after Rage lost to Limp Bizkit in one of the awards, and Zack de la Rocha was really disgusted by Commerford's stupidity. Zach de la Rocha also made an album with DJ Shadow, but once again de la Rocha didn't think it up to par with what he expected from himself as a musician, so he told Shadow to discard all their material. Zach de la Rocha started Rage so that he could deliver his political ideology to his audience, and his messages were very strong in the first three albums, but he felt that he wasn't doing his "job" right in trying his best to make this world a better place, and thats the third reason he left Rage. Ever since Rage left the music scene in 99, our society has became much more messed up, and one of the key reasons Rage decided to come back was to try to change our society for the better, as every one of their songs have deep lyrics interlaced into the music.........................Rage against the Machine is the greatest band of all time.

matsuolost
03-27-2007, 10:42 PM
This is from one of my prior posts on a different thread....

Rage against the Machine is FOR SURE the greatest band of all time. No one ever heard the type of shit that Rage was putting out back when they released their self-titled album. It was a new sound that the grunge/mtv fans weren't used to. Now, music experts around the world all agree that their self titled album is one of the best albums ever. For instance, this is what Ed Rivadavia from All Music Guide says about the first album: "The first album to successfully merge the amazingly disparate sounds of rap and heavy metal , Rage Against the Machine 's self-titled debut was groundbreaking enough when it was released, and many would argue that its importance and influence remains unchallenged and unsurpassed to this day" Thats coming from a music expert right there. I mean, every one of their songs is amazing, except some of the tracks froms their most recent album, which is one of the three reasons they broke up. Zack de la Rocha is the most "valid" (for lack of a better word) person I've ever known. He thought the last CD wasn't good enough to be released, and he wanted to start from scratch on a new album, but the three other members wanted it to be released, and that was pretty much the downfall of the group. Theres also that whole thing with bassist Tim Commerford and the MTV music awards when he went on top of one of the props after Rage lost to Limp Bizkit in one of the awards, and Zack de la Rocha was really disgusted by Commerford's stupidity. Zach de la Rocha also made an album with DJ Shadow, but once again de la Rocha didn't think it up to par with what he expected from himself as a musician, so he told Shadow to discard all their material. Zach de la Rocha started Rage so that he could deliver his political ideology to his audience, and his messages were very strong in the first three albums, but he felt that he wasn't doing his "job" right in trying his best to make this world a better place, and thats the third reason he left Rage. Ever since Rage left the music scene in 99, our society has became much more messed up, and one of the key reasons Rage decided to come back was to try to change our society for the better, as every one of their songs have deep lyrics interlaced into the music.........................Rage against the Machine is the greatest band of all time.

you ARE aware they're not changing the world right?
and everything you believe in is a lie do you?

ok im jk about the second part. but really don't take everything so literal, its just music.

disgustipated
04-10-2007, 01:02 AM
AH! Im jelous. Oh good... please let Mynard show up during Rages set!

This is possible if you look at TOOL's tour schedule.

Vegas on the 28th and 29th

then off to San Diego on may 2nd and 3rd.


There is a show in Reno on May 1st but it's not confirmed as of yet.

I can see Maynard dropping by since they will be headed through the area to get to San Diego

BeeII
04-10-2007, 10:40 AM
Despite the ridiculous commentary above, I will provide some info on past experiences. Saw RATM back in '97 and again in '99. Both were arena shows at The Palace of Auburn Hills outside of Detroit. In '97, I had seated tickets. The pit looked insane from front to back and throughout the show people would gather just outside the arena (where the concession areas were) in groups of 50 or more and just storm the floor and jump over the wall that surrounded it. The people in the suites basically threw everything they could get their hands on out into the general area.

In '99 I was on the floor. People started storming the floor before Rage even came on this time...in packs like the last time. As brutal as the floor looked from above, it actually wasn't that bad. Most people were courteous enough and I didn't see too many injuries. Both shows were fantastic...hopefully they won't try to ruin Coachella with a bunch of political bullshit.




The star said that there was a political element to the band getting back together.

He said: "Is it a coincidence that in the seven years that Rage Against The Machine has been away that the country has slid into right-wing purgatory? I think not.

"It occurred to all of us that the times were right to see if we can knock the Bush administration out in one fell swoop, and we hope to do that job well."



I'm guessing there's going to be plenty of "political bullshit."

http://www.nme.com/news/rage-against-the-machine/26197

wstsidela
04-12-2007, 01:07 AM
Yay, I get to be an asshole and make people jealous! . . . . Lollapalooza '93 at the Santa Fe Dam near LA was nuts. Zach railed on KROQ for playing an unauthorized edit of Killing in the Name. It was hot as hell, the crowd was hosed down and the pit turned into mud. Biggest pit I ever saw.

I saw those shows from the side of the stage. I was a stage/concert tech for Kevin Lyman & Ray Woodbury's production company. Absolutely amazing performances. RATM was young and hungry. They opened the show and almost blew everyone away . . . almost. Tool followed RATM. IT WAS MINDCRUSHING!! Ahhhh, the 90's!

BTW I worked some Rock The Vote shows at the Palladium with RATM that were amazing. Rage was always cool to the crew. Never any attitude or rock star posing.

meyouseek
04-12-2007, 02:18 PM
BTW I worked some Rock The Vote shows at the Palladium with RATM that were amazing. Rage was always cool to the crew. Never any attitude or rock star posing.

I spoke with Zack after "An Evening for the Rainforest" on the UCLA campus where Jello Biafra did a spoken word thing. This was right before the "Free Peltier" show at CSU Dominguez Hills (supposed to be at Palladium). Anyway, he was pretty mellow and his lack of attitude was really cool. Jello was much the same way, he took the time to talk to and encourage a young zine editor as well as a regular fan like me.

Gyrus
04-13-2007, 07:07 PM
I've seen Rage twice, once with Wu Tang in New jersey, and another when they were touring the Battle of LA Album.
BEST 2 SHOWS EVER!!!!!!!!
It's going to be amazing, counting down the days!

airguitarvet
04-15-2007, 04:02 PM
best thread ever!

billtino
04-15-2007, 11:42 PM
Saw Rage at Woodstock 1999 too. That was the first time i tought i was gonna pass out due to lack of Oxygen. I saw some poor kid pass out (we were front & center getting the shit kicked out of us from the mega humongous pit that went from "the Alamo" to the front rail....anything and everything disgusting you could think of was piled up beheath us. So this kid passes out and is laying in the excrement of everything that was overcharged/eaten/then vomited and/or excrete out of an orifice onto the piled up garbage (a million empty water bottles is not an exaggeration). so some musclebound bouncer jumps over the rail, picks up this kid who is laying on the pile of shit gettin stepped on, throws him over his shoulder and the crowed works together to crowd surf this kid over the rail to the first aid people. 20 min later i start feeling the same effect and jump over the top of ppl's backs & over the rail to safety and out to the sides and toward the back of the stage still steaming of sweat. that was the only time i could not handle the pit. Later that summer i saw Rage at Coachella (the night before was Tool)...this was truely a kinder gentler pit, even though i did get physically more beat up at Coachella...i never felt i was lacking any O2 like i was in Rome, NY.
Back then Coachella was much different. I had no idea there was 180k in attendance last year. I have a feeling all the Rage fans are gonna be out to let loose some saved up aggression....it's gonna be crazy. If you don't wanna get punched, elbowed, shoved....stay REALLY far back.

KnowYourEnemy
04-16-2007, 03:18 PM
saw them two times live

battle of munich,germany february 2000
rock am ring,germany june 2000

cant choose which was the better one, both shows kicked my ass

tklint24
04-16-2007, 10:58 PM
ladies and gentlemen, not only am i VERY excited for the phenominal political details that Rage will be nice enough to tell us about regarding how fucked up our governemnt it, but I'm also excited for the best music of all time. We are going to be embarking into musical history when they play.

brokenDREAMS
04-16-2007, 11:52 PM
I've seen Rage a number of times. First time was Lolla'93 here in Los Angeles where Zack yelled "Fuck Kroq" mid-set because they edited killing in the name of without their permission. Most memorable was when I saw them play a small Mexican restaurant (Hacienda Real) in downtown LA June 15, 1995 for five bucks which was their warm-up gig before the weenie-roast show the following weekend (Kroq and Rage were on good terms at that point). That was a crazy show! And the last time I saw them was coachella'99 where Zack was suffering from laryngitis but he still was able to pull through an entire set. Coachella this year will be the 12th time I've seen them (not to mention Rock the bells later on for lucky #13!) and I'm sure I will get goose-bumps again right before their set when everyone on the polo field will be chanting "Rage!, Rage!, Rage!, and so on...". Enjoy an amazing band and be safe doing so. Peace!

EZE619
04-17-2007, 12:12 AM
at the first coachella in '99 some people started a fire in the crowd during rage's set.

el_ornelas
04-20-2007, 01:13 PM
witnessed the battle of sacramento back in '99. like others mentioned - it was like an atomic bomb going off inside that place.

i was one of those people who pushed and crawled through fallen security guards and people to get into the pit. why hadn't Arco told ticketbuyers that you had to come early to get "mosh pit wristbands"? assholes shoulda expected it.

yeah, UNBELIEVABLE show. never seen a crowd get so crazy.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
04-20-2007, 01:31 PM
best thread ever!

where have you been?

ediger
04-20-2007, 02:14 PM
Seen then at Irvine Meadows, Cox arena in SD, LA Forum, and Coachella. Every time was insanely amazing. Could never get over how much energy was at one show, both the band and the crowd.

Ive seen a million concerts, and any time I see a really good one I start to think it was one of the best shows I've seen. But then I think back to all the REALLY good ones and think, "ok, its not even close to those". And rage was always one of those REALLY good ones. I was probably like 18 when I first saw them, and they set the bar super fuckin high for the next ten years of concerts for me.

THE RAGE IS RELENTLESS!

I've yet to see Rage, but I know the type of shows you're talking about. I have a feeling a feeling Rage @ Coachella will be in that untouchable list along with any Pearl Jam show I've seen and Frank Black & The Catholics in '03.

Kato!
04-20-2007, 03:31 PM
They're a very lively bunch.

Graham
04-25-2007, 04:54 PM
I have seen them play four times...my two favorites were the set that they played at the Capital Ballroom in Washington DC in '93 at the Free Mumia benefit... very small venue...very kick ass show...Zach was as angry as I have ever seen him... I also have a soft place in my heart for the show that they played at Woodstock '99. Words can't describe the crowd during the set. It is the last time have seen them live and I still recall seeing the Stars and Stripes burning while the crowd screamed "Fuck you I won't do what you tell me" I can't wait for the main stage on Sunday night. Let's just hope everyone is ready to mosh... YOUR ANGER IS A GIFT!!!

somnambulist
04-28-2007, 09:47 PM
i saw them open for Porno for Pyros at Castaic Lake (raise yer hand if you remember when there used to be shows there!)... i remember Lollapalooza(s) too. CMJ in NYC was crazy. i gotta check my records. you KNOW how old i am!...

captnmidnite
04-29-2007, 12:21 AM
TO EVERYONE HERE GOING TO RAGE...HAVE THE TIME OF UR LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!
hopefully they come to ausrtalia!!!

yohann666
10-14-2007, 07:40 AM
I saw them at Paris in '97 & 2000
I hope to see them next year in europe

if somebody want to trade bootlegs
look at my list at : www.ysbootlegs.tk

jigawig
10-14-2007, 09:27 PM
the coachella show was great...i am also going to be seeing them at voodoo in under two weeks!!!

orbit
10-14-2007, 10:08 PM
Looks like there's a Rage at Coachella dvd coming out

paulb
10-15-2007, 11:38 AM
Looks like there's a Rage at Coachella dvd coming out

What you talkin about Willis!? A professional commercial release of the Coachella set?

orbit
10-16-2007, 12:25 AM
Looks like that.. I've been told that these guys (http://www.lemobile.com/) are working on the mixing and editing of the Rage perfomance at Coachella.. so, there might be something nice coming soon.

Just wait to see what happens..

Bosco
10-17-2007, 11:55 PM
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