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ConcertsRage Against the Machine at Finsbury Park London 6/6/2010

Posted on Sunday, June 13 2010 @ 08:47:41 CDT by Pete Pardo
Heavy Metal

Billed as a 'Victory Party', a celebration of reaching Number One on the Christmas U.K charts in 2009 and toppling the annual X-Factor winner to the top slot this was a fine way to say thank you to 40,000 lucky free ticket holders. When 'Killing In The Name Of' gave Simon Cowells manufactured syrup laden tripe an arse kicking last year to gain the prestigious Christmas Number One RAGTM promised a free gig and man did they deliver!

With the video screens kicking into life depicting a crude animated film of Cowell bemoaning the loss of millions of pounds due to losing out to RAGTM the crowd cheer with victory. Suddenly the band is on stage and 40,000 people surge to the front as 'Testify' pumps into the London night air. With no time for breath 'Bombtrack' is fired at us and the atmosphere is ignited like a Molotov cocktail, Zack de la Rocha shaking his afro mane and prowling the stage like the triumphant warrior.

To be fair the set list is relentless, with Rage not known for their ballads tempo is kept to maximum with the only break to bring out the couple responsible for making it all possible. Jon & Tracy Morter the couple responsible for the Facebook campaign enter the stage amid much applause, plenty of back slapping and the presentation of the obligatory oversized check to the charity 'Shelter'. 'Fucking up the system never felt so good' says guitarist Tom Morello before hammering off a cover of the Clash song 'White Riot'. 'Sleep now in the fire' & 'Freedom' follow with 'Bullet' kept for the encore amid hysteria and the loudest 'Fuck you I won't do what you tell me' by 40,000 converted followers. Without a doubt it was exactly as billed and a great celebration against 'The Man', prepare for copy cat attempts in the coming years……. Maybe it's time to start my own campaign, now who played the song '15 pints too drunk to fuck?'

Mark Davies

1. Testify
2. Bombtrack
3. People Of The Sun
4. Know Your Enemy
5. Bulls On Parade
6. Township Rebellion
7. Bullet In The Head
8. White Riot (The Clash cover)
9. Guerrilla Radio
10. Sleep Now In The Fire
11. Freedom
12. Killing In The Name

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