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Rage Against the Machine Reunion Tour
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RATM performing at the Big Day Out in 2008.
world tour by Rage Against the Machine
Locations North America, Europe, Asia, Australia
Start date April 29, 2007
End date September 3, 2008
Legs 3
Shows 38
Rage Against the Machine tour chronology
The Battle of Los Angeles Tour
Reunion Tour

The Rage Against the Machine Reunion Tour was a 2007-2008 concert tour by Rage Against The Machine. It was the first tour for the band since they broke up in 2000.



Rumors that Rage Against the Machine could reunite at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival were circulating in mid-January 2007,[1] and were confirmed on January 22.[2] The band was confirmed to be headlining the final day of Coachella 2007.[3] The reunion was described by Morello as primarily being a vehicle to voice the band's opposition to the "right-wing purgatory" the United States has "slid into" under the George W. Bush administration since RATM's dissolution.[4]

On April 14, 2007, Morello and de la Rocha reunited onstage early to perform a brief acoustic set at a Coalition of Immokalee Workers rally in downtown Chicago. Morello described the event as "very exciting for everybody in the room, myself included." This was followed by the scheduled Coachella performance on Sunday, April 29 where the band staged a much anticipated performance to the largest crowds of the festival.[5][6][7] This was originally thought of as a one-off show, which later turned out to be untrue. The band later played four shows in the Hip Hop festival Rock the Bells with the Wu Tang Clan, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, and later an additional night in New York City after the first night sold out in twenty minutes. Rage also played their first (non-festival) concert in 7 years at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, Wisconsin, supported by Queens of the Stone Age in August 2007. The band played co-headlining spots at New Orleans' Voodoo Music Experience in late October and the Vegoose Festival in Las Vegas. These shows were the last performances by the band in 2007.

On January 18 2008, the band played their first show outside of the US since their reunion in Auckland, New Zealand as part of the Big Day Out festival series. The band also played 7 shows in Australia including 2 headlining shows in Melbourne and Sydney. The band has since continued to tour around the world, headlining many large festivals in Europe and the United States, including Lollapalooza in Chicago. In 2008 the band also played shows in Denver, Colorado and St. Paul, Minnesota; the locations of the Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention, respectively.

In December 2008, conducted an interview with Tom Morello and when asked about his plans for 2009 he replied:

"Well, I know for sure that I'll be doing a lot of Nightwatchman dates in the coming year and continuing the Axis of Justice organization that I run with Serj Tankian. I got a pretty large cache of Nightwatchman songs that I haven't released yet so I'll definitely continue writing and recording. Also, I had a great time playing Rage Against the Machine shows over the course of the year and half and I have no doubt that we'll continue to do more of those in the future."

In 2009 Became the Christmas Number One!!



Throughout the entierty of the reunion tour, the band's setlist was usually of the same structure for every show. The band played various songs at different shows. On each leg of the tour, the band played a new song(s) and added them regularly to the setlist. At a regular performance, the band would play 14 or 15 songs, including an encore.

Songs Played

Played once in Portugal.

Played original MC5 version with Wayne Kramer.

Played once in San Bernardino.

Played once at Alpine Valley Music Theatre.

Tour Dates

North American Leg

Zack de la Rocha performing with Rage Against the Machine at Coachella 2007.
Date City Venue
April 29, 2007 United States Indio, CA Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
July 28, 2007 United States New York, NY Rock the Bells
July 29, 2007 United States New York City, NY Rock the Bells
August 11, 2007 United States San Bernardino, CA Rock the Bells
August 18, 2007 United States San Francisco, CA Rock the Bells
August 24, 2007 United States East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
October 26, 2007 United States New Orleans, LA Voodoo Music Experience
October 28, 2007 United States Las Vegas, NV Vegoose Festival

New Zealand/Australian/Japan Leg

Date City Venue
January 18, 2008 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Big Day Out
January 20, 2008 Australia Gold Coast, Australia Big Day Out
January 22, 2008 Australia Sydney, Australia Sydney Entertainment Centre
January 25, 2008 Australia Sydney, Australia Big Day Out
January 28, 2008 Australia Melbourne, Australia Big Day Out
January 30, 2008 Australia Melbourne, Australia Festival Hall
February 1, 2008 Australia Adelaide, Australia Big Day Out
February 3, 2008 Australia Perth, Australia Big Day Out
February 7, 2008 Japan Osaka, Japan Osaka Castle Hall
February 9, 2008 Japan Tokyo, Japan Makuhari Messe
February 10, 2008 Japan Tokyo, Japan Makuhari Messe

European Leg

Date City Venue
May 30, 2008 Spain Madrid, Spain Electric Weekend
June 1, 2008 Netherlands Landgraaf, Netherlands Pinkpop Festival
June 2, 2008 Belgium Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis
June 4, 2008 France Paris, France Bercy
June 6, 2008 Germany Nürburgring, Germany Rock am Ring
June 7, 2008 Germany Nürnberg, Germany Rock im Park
June 10, 2008 Germany Berlin, Germany Zitadelle
June 12, 2008 Sweden Hultsfred, Sweden Hultsfred Festival
June 14, 2008 Italy Modena, Italy Stadio Alberto Braglia
June 15, 2008 Austria Nickelsdorf, Austria Nova Rock Festival
July 10, 2008 Portugal Lisbon, Portugal Optimus Alive!08
July 12, 2008 Scotland Balado, Scotland T in the Park
July 13, 2008 Republic of Ireland County Kildare, Ireland Oxegen Festival
August 2, 2008 United States Chicago, IL Lollapalooza
August 20, 2008 France Paris, France Rock en Seine
August 22, 2008 England Reading, England Reading Festival
August 23, 2008 England Leeds, England Leeds Festival
August 27, 2008 United States Denver, CO Tent State Music Festival to End the War
September 3, 2008 United States Minneapolis, MN Target Center


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