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L.A. Rising – Review

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L.A. Rising – Review

L.A Rising – Review – August 2, 2011

It has been some 48 hours since Rage Against the Machine left the stage, and adrenaline levels are still well above normal with RATM fans throughout the Inland Empire and elsewhere in Southern California.  Rage’s hour and a half set came with few surprises- no guest appearances from the likes of Run DMC or Cypress Hill, no new material, and, surprisingly, no covers- but delivered exactly what was promised- the unrelenting energy of 20 years of protest music.

Rage opened the set with the crescendo of “Testify” which quickly went out when sound in the rear of the Coliseum went out.  The anxious crowd became boisterous, but the band didn’t seem to notice- Zach’s dreds flinging the whole time.  As the sound flickered back, the mosh-pit swirled as though the whole stadium was in tune with the line from “Guirrilla Radio”- “ALL HELL CAN’T STOP US NOW!”  The remainder of the set went off without a hitch; Rage crushed through their set, including a number of songs from their first album, “Freedom,” “Killing in the Name Of,” “Bombtrack,” “Know Your Enemy,” “Wake Up” and “Bullet in the Head.” Long time fans could not have been more satisfied.

Muse came with equal force, dropping their anthems to the eager stadium sized chorus.  Their hour-long wall epic hit all of their most notable releases while incorporating between song rifts from across the rock spectrum- including Led Zepplin, The Deftones, and AC/DC, much to the crowd’s excitement.

Rise Against rode in just after Ms. Lauryn Hill moved the rock crowd, if only slightly, to classic Fugee beats.  Though Rise Against couldn’t quite match the sound of Rage or Muse, their percussion section kept the mosh-pit circling and heads banging.

As for practical matters, traffic was a nightmare (no surprise here), but the Coliseum handled the crowd well- given the clientele, no small feat.   Beer was $9.00 a pop, but water was only $3.00.

After a fantastic Saturday, the crowd left ready for RATM and Goldenvoice to announce a sequel for next year.

L.A. Rising Preview – May 28, 2011

Rage Against the Machine, Goldenvoice (the brains behind the ever awesome Coachella Arts and Music Festival), and KROQ have announced L.A. Rising at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on July 30, 2011.  This huge, full-day concert features Rage Against the Machine, Muse, Rise Against, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Immortal Technique, and El Gran Silencio.  Tickets went on sale May 13th, 2011.

The Iconic Rage Performance Shot

Since reuniting at Coachella 2007, Rage Against the Machine has toured sporadically throughout the United States, often headlining major festivals.  Though the band has not released any new material since 1999’s Battle of Los Angeles and 2000’s Renegades cover album (featuring this amazing version of Bruce Springsteen’s  \”The Ghost of Tom Joad\”),  Rage’s still relevant protest anthems and their  reputation as rock’s most uncontrollable performers have made each of Rage’s post-reunion performances highly anticipated events (check out this video of Rage outside the DNC Convention in  2000 here in L.A. from their Battle of Mexico City DVD and this video of the band attempting to play at the RNC Convention in 2008 despite the police cancellation of the show).   Arguably the recent reunions of other successful 90’s bands like Jane’s Addition, Stone Temple Pilots and Soundgarden (appearing in L.A. later this summer) can be attributed to the massive response to RATM’s reunion.  As of this writing, L.A. Rising is the only Rage concert billed this year, so fans would be advised to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.  With Rage at the helm, L.A. Rising at the Coliseum is SoCal’s biggest summer rock concert.

Alt Rock favorites MUSE returns to Southern California after sold out dates in L.A., Anaheim, and San Diego in September 2010.  With each of those shows selling out in minutes and Muse reportedly writing new music this Spring, fans should quickly secure their tickets to this massive performance.   As a quick aside, fellas, if you’re convinced that there is no way you can get your girlfriend to go to a Rage Against the Machine concert, be sure to mention this headliner; Muse’s popularity with the ladies is unmatched in progressive rock. Here’s Muse playing their epic single “Knights of Cydonia” live at Wembley Stadium in 2008.

Chicago’s Rise Against will be touring in support of their ninth studio album, Endgame, released in March 2011.  Appearing at this weekend’s KROQ Weenie Roast, Rise Against head to Canada for the next two months before returning for L.A. Rising and a subsequent fall tour in support of the Foo Fighters.  Rise Against’s poignant protests songs – on subjects as diverse as Hurricane Katrina- Help Is On The Way –  and the suicides of gay teens in September 2010 “Make it Stop (September’s Children)” – are sure to amplify the show’s call for activism and equality.  Take a gander at Rise Against’s activism page for information on the many causes supported by the band.

Rise Against Frontman Tim McIlrath

Ms. Lauryn Hill will be gracing the L.A. Rising stage just before her scheduled appearances with the Rock The Bells festivals (see our coverage here).  While information on her L.A. Rising set has not been released, she has announced that she will be performing the entirety of her renowned “Miseducation” album at the upcoming Rock the Bells dates.  So it’s no stretch to think that she might perform a similar full-album set at L.A. Rising.   Here’s Ms. Hill’s first and, in my opinion, catchiest single “Doo Wop (That Thing)”

Immortal Technique made a name for himself as an unsigned talent of his own making.  Technique allegedly refused to sign with a number of labels, growing his fan base from his native New York to a national audience during the mid-2000’s through Youtube, direct sales, and rowdy live performances.  Since gaining popularity with his controversial song “Bin Laden” and his successful follow up to the Revolutionary Vol. 1 (Vol. 2, obviously), he has signed with Viper Records and released The 3rd World (with DJ Green Lantern) in 2008.

Immortal Technique's 3rd album, aptly named The 3rd World

Tech fans can only hope he serves up  a preview of material from his forthcoming The Middle Passage.  With his cutting diction, direct political subject matter, and often playful beats (check out “Obnoxious”), Technique is a can’t miss organic and revolutionary force in hip-hop.  Technique has performed at such shows as the renowned Rock the Bells tours and this year’s Paid Dues Festival. Check out Technique’s Myspace page for tracks off of The 3rd World and for a sample of Technique’s mantra check out his recent essay on Bin Laden’s demise in XXL Magazine

El Gran Silencio is a “freestyle” Mexican rock group known for infusing its fast paced riffs with hints of Dub, Reggae, and traditional Mexican folk.  Check out their Myspace, and I’m sure you’ll be as thoroughly impressed with their free tracks as I was.

Ticket Information:

GA- $99 (4 ticket limit) (sold out)

Lower Level Reserved Seats: $99 (6 ticket limit)

Upper Level Reserved Seats: $69 (6 ticket limit)

Buy tickets through Ticketmaster.com.

As always, be wary of scalpers for this giant show. When attempting to purchase off of Craigslist or similar sites be sure to authenticate the ticket and do not, DO NOT, use services like MoneyGram to buy from such sites as most of the time these set-ups are bogus.

More Information:

Doors at 1pm, Music at 3pm.

This is an All Ages show.

Venue Information

Seating Chart: GA is on the field

Los Angeles Coliseum Parking info

Building Policies (AKA The Rules):


One guess: It’s going to be hot.

Band Websites

Rage Against the Machine


Rise Against

Ms. Lauryn Hill

Immortal Technique

El Gran Silencio

Categories: Entertainment, Los Angeles, Music & Concerts, Pop Music, Rap & Hip-Hop, Reggae, Rock Music

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A native of Cleveland, Matt found his way to Southern California by way of Cornell and Washington University in St. Louis. When he's not practicing law, you'll find him listening to rock music or reminiscing about his past experiences at concerts throughout the country.

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