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Rage Against the Machine unveils global reunion tour

Singer Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine performs at L.A. Rising at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on July 30, 2011, in Los Angeles.

Two decades after last touring the U.S., the reunited Rage Against the Machine will be roaring back onto the country’s concert stages.

The world tour kicks off March 26 in El Paso, Texas, and wraps Sept. 12 in Austria, with hip-hop duo Run the Jewels as opener on all tour stops except Chicago.

Monday’s tour announcement follows recent news that Rage Against the Machine’s original lineup — vocalist Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk — would be reuniting for several 2019 festival appearances, including Coachella in April.

As in 2008, when RATM reunited for a handful of festivals and European dates, the band will be touring during the heat of a presidential election season — apt timing for a group that made its name with politically contentious, revolution-themed rap-metal.

All proceeds from concerts in El Paso, Phoenix and La Cruses, New Mexico “will go to immigrant rights” efforts, the band said in a statement. Activist groups in other tour markets will also benefit.

“Through ticketing, volunteering and band donations, Rage Against the Machine will be working with multiple charities and activist organizations throughout the tour,” the statement read.

Rage Against the Machine in 2020.

Rage Against the Machine broke onto the national radar in the mid-‘90s with a hard-hitting amalgam of hip-hop, funk and metal, releasing four critically acclaimed albums before disbanding in 2000. Morello, Commerford and Brad Wilk went on to form Audioslave with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, and later joined rappers Chuck D and B-Real for the supergroup Prophets of Rage.

Contact Detroit Free Press music writer Brian McCollum: 313-223-4450 or bmccollum@freepress.com.

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