The Washington Times - September 1, 2008, 08:48PM

Don’t accuse Rage Against the Machine of showing preferential treatment.

The rap-rockers known for political anthems like “Killing in the Name” and “Bulls on Parade” played to an estimated crowd of 9,000 last week in Denver during the Democratic National Convention. The show was sponsored by Tent State University and Iraq Veterans Against the War.


But seemingly not wanting to direct their angst simply toward Democrats, the group — whose lead singer Zack de la Rocha made familiar waves last year by declaring that the Bush administration contained war criminals who should be “hung, and tried and shot” — will be playing a show during the Republican National Convention at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

The group’s guitarist, Tom Morello, also was expected to provide an extra dose of anti-GOP sentiment during a Monday performance at the Take Back Labor Day Festival sponsored by the Service Employees International Union at Harriet Island Regional Park.

The concert also was scheduled to feature The Pharcyde, Mos Def, Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Atmosphere, Billy Bragg.


Gary Emerling reporter, The Washington Times