Returning from a nearly decade-long hiatus, sociopolitical rock band Rage Against the Machine announced via social media late Thursday that it will reunite for a handful of performances this spring, starting with a March 26 show in El Paso.
The other dates noted in the Instagram post were March 28 in Las Cruces, N.M., and March 30 in Phoenix before a pair of shows in Indio, California, on April 10 and April 17 that clearly seem to be part of Coachella, though the band is not currently listed in the Coachella lineup on the festival’s website.
Venues for the El Paso and Las Cruces dates have not yet been specified, but it’s likely no coincidence that they’re playing on the Texas-Mexico border in an election year that will include much debate about immigration.
Could Austin become part of this picture? South by Southwest 2020 runs March 13-22, suggesting at least an outside possibility they could launch the mini-tour with a high-profile performance at the media-heavy event. Similarly, the appearance at Coachella might indicate a full run of major festivals in the summer and beyond, particularly if part of the reason for their reunion is to be seen and heard during an election year. Closing out at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October might make a lot of sense, if so.
Rage guitarist Tom Morello was in Austin earlier this week, performing Monday at Emo’s in support of his 2018 solo album “The Atlas Underground.” He and other Rage bandmates joined members of Public Enemy and Cypress Hill on the 2017 self-titled album from Prophets of Rage, following Morello’s work with Bruce Springsteen on his 2012 and 2014 albums “Wrecking Ball” and “High Hopes,” respectively. Morello performed at SXSW 2019 as part of an event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the American Civil Liberties Union.