Rage Against The Machine Have No Plans To Record A New Album
Billboard reports that Rage Against the Machine will not be recording a new album, even with Tim Commerford teasing that they would.
Tom Morello said that the band, which broke up in 2000 but got back together for occasional concerts and tours since 2007, have “no plans beyond” the November 27 release of Rage Against The Machine – XX. The 20th anniversary two-CD/two-DVD set celebrates the release of the band’s first album.
Morello said: “We’re really psyched to be putting this out for the fans. We are blessed with having perhaps the most passionate fans to ever listen to a bootlegged recording or mosh at a show, so I want to really give them a motherlode of Rage Against The Machine history, past and present.“
The set will have the original album, three live track B-sides and their original demo tape with the unreleased songs “Darkness of Greed” and “Clear the Lane”. The DVD will have RATM’s June 6, 2010 performance in London’s Finbury Park, music videos, live footage from 1992, 1993, 1996 and 1997, and a homemade video of RATM’s first public performance on Oct. 23, 1991 in North Ridge, Calif. The liner notes of the set were written by Public Enemy’s Chuck D.
Morello added: “It doesn’t feel like 20 years, but at the same time it’s sobering that it is. There’s no crystal ball that we could’ve looked into when we were writing these songs in 1991 that would have told us we’d be talking about this record over two decades later. And I will say that 20 years later we’re able to take pride in the fact that in the history of rock music there has never been a more popular band with as radical politics as Rage Against The Machine, nor has there been a band with more radical politics than Rage Against The Machine that has been as popular. That is the lasting testament to the first shot fired by this album and how it continues to resonate with rebels around the world.“
The band has not been together since the LA Rising festival during July of 2011 in Los Angeles. Zack de la Rocha previously hinted the group would make a new album, which would be its first since 2000’s Renegades. In October, Commerford told TMZ that the band was “maybe” working on a new album.
Morello, who has released his latest album as The Nightwatchman (World Wide Rebel Songs) in 2011, wouldn’t comment on if the other albums would get anniversary treatments. He added: “One at a time, man! The good news is that we’ve got time to think about it. I think the next one (‘Evil Empire’) came out in ’96, so there’s four years to decide on that. There have been a lot of shows recorded professionally, but there are not unreleased songs.“