The year of amazing reunions rolls on with news Friday morning (Nov. 1) that Rage Against the Machine will reunite for a pair of 2020 headlining slots at the Coachella Festival.
An industry source familiar with the festival confirmed the booking to Billboard after the news broke earlier in the day a post on an unverified Instagram account under the group's name. That post also noted three other shows, two of which are in towns along the Texas/Mexico border; at press time, Billboard had not confirmed the veracity of those dates.
The source verified the Apr. 10 and 17 Coachella dates, though the festival has not yet announced its 2020 lineup. The three other cities cited in the Instagram post — which featured a photo of the Angel of Independence statue in Mexico City — are El Paso, Texas; Las Cruces, New Mexico; and Phoenix, which all have arenas and stadiums where the stridently political, outspoken band could potentially play.
A spokesperson for Rage — which went on hiatus again in 2011 after a series of reunion shows — could not be reached for comment at press time. RATM released the Renegades album in 2000 and then broke up later that year before reuniting in 2007 to perform at Coachella.
Guitarist Tom Morello formed the supergroup Prophets of Rage in 2016 with Rage bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk, alongside rappers Chuck D and B-Real. Rage vocalist Zack de la Rocha has reportedly been working on his solo album since before the band originally split.
… El Paso, TX March 26, 2020 Las Cruces, NM March 28, 2020 Phoenix, AZ March 30, 2020 Indio, CA April 10, 2020 Indio, CA April 17, 2020 — Susana Hidalgo