In July 2011, Rage Against the Machine announced that their appearance at the L.A. Rising would be their final show as a band. However, at the time, it seemed like just another publicity stunt, especially if you were inclined to believe the Chilean media that the band were hard at work on a new album. Now, nearly three years and a total of zero follow-up shows later, drummer Brad Wilk maintains the party line, mirroring sentiments that RATM may indeed have taken its final bow.
“As far as I know, we played our last show in 2011 at the Coliseum, and if that was our last show, that’s a good way to go out,” Wilk told The Pulse Of Radio (via Blabbermouth). “I had sort of had to put it in my head that that band is over in order for me to just move on with my life, to be honest with you, so that’s kind of where that lies. The Coliseum — awesome way to go out.”
In recent years, other band members have confessed a similar sense of closure. In December 2012, right when the XX anniversary reissue was stirring up loads of reunion talk, guitarist Tom Morello told Rolling Stone, “Whether or not we ever play music again in any capacity is unknown. I’m grateful for the music we played together, and thank goodness the cameras were rolling.”
However, in the very same interview, he explained that the band gets together every year and “very seriously discusses and turns down awesome offers to tour the world. That’s part of the program.” So, maybe all they really need is just the right offer? Hint, hint those of us with bookoo bucks and who’d rather buy the Clippers.
So, where does that leave frontman Zack de la Rocha and bassist Tim Commerford? Since the Coliseum show, de la Rocha has been rather mum on the whole issue. Commerford, meanwhile, hasn’t said much since he stirred the “new album” pot several times in late 2012, offering TMZ a few non-committal updates and status reports.
Of course, despite Wilk’s comments, maybe the band might get back together after all. Earlier this year, the L.A. Rising Facebook page posted a doctored photo of the Hollywood Sign, with L.A. Rising in its place, and the note “A sign of things to come.” A short time later, they wrote, “Hungry people don’t stay hungry for long.” Then, back in March, organizers told the Serbian newspaper Gitarijada they were close to inking a deal to have the band headline this August’s festivities. So, take Facebook posts and interviews with Serbian newspapers however you will.
Even without any subsequent reunion plans, the members of RATM are doing just fine. Morello’s currently on tour with Bruce Springsteen; Wilk drummed on Black Sabbath’s album 13 and recently joined a new band called The Last Internationale; de la Rocha is working with El-P and Killer Mike on Run the Jewels 2; and, just last year, Commerford contributed to the soundtrack for Dave Grohl’s Sound City documentary.
If it is, in fact, RATM’s final show, relive their killer performance of “Freedom” and “Killing in the Name” from the L.A. Rising event: