The rockin’ reunions continue, as it was confirmed last week that Rage Against the Machine will reunite for 2020 headlining slots at Coachella Music Festival.
The news comes after two decades of break-ups, hiatuses, mini-reunions and solo projects. The timeline’s a little confusing, so Billboard is here to help you out. See below for a full chronological list of what Rage Against the Machine has been up to since their original 2000 split.
October 2000 – Zack de la Rocha announces his departure from the band
“I feel that it is now necessary to leave Rage because our decision-making process has completely failed,” he said via a press statement at the time. “It is no longer meeting the aspirations of all four of us collectively as a band, and from my perspective, has undermined our artistic and political ideal.”
The three remaining band members released their own statement. “We’re proud of our history and what we’ve accomplished musically and politically over the last nine years,” they wrote. “We are committed to continuing with our efforts to effect change in the social and political arena and look forward to creating more ground-breaking music for our fans. In other words, we’ll keep it loud, keep it funky, and most definitely rock on…”
The group’s first single, “Cochise,” was released in early November 2002, followed by a self-titled debut album. They released a second album, Out of Exile, in 2005 and a third, Revelations, in September 2006. Audioslave broke up in 2007 after Cornell announced he was leaving the band.
Audioslave briefly reunited in early 2017, months before Cornell’s death, for Prophets of Rage‘s Anti-Inaugural Ball, protesting the election of Donald Trump.
2004 – de la Rocha teams up with Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor for “We Want It All”
The song appeared on the 2004 compilation album Songs and Artists that Inspired Fahrenheit 9/11.
April 2007 – Morello releases first solo album, One Man Revolution
He released the album under the name The Nightwatchman. He dropped another album, The Fabled City, in September 2008.
April 2007 – RATM performs at Coachella
Foreshadow alert? The group reunited almost thirteen years ago to perform at the final day of Coachella. The next year, they toured around the world and played at a number of other music festivals, including Lollapalooza, Reading and Leeds Festivals in England and Ireland’s Oxegen Festival.
September 2008 – Republican National Convention protest
RATM performed a raucous arena show, followed by a march of thousands through the streets of St. Paul, Minnesota, to protest the Republican National Convention gathering in that city.
2016 – Prophets of Rage is formed
In May 2016, a mysterious website, prophetsofrage.com, featured a clock counting down to June 1. “#takethepowerback” was written underneath the timer.
The supergroup, formed by Morello, Wilk and Commerford, with Chuck D of Public Enemy and B-Real of Cypress Hill, dropped The Party’s Over in 2016 and toured for the rest of the year. They released a self-titled album in 2017.
In light of RATM’s 2020 reunion, Chuck D announced on Nov. 4, 2019 that Prophets of Rage is coming to an end. “It was about doing something greater than self,” he wrote on Twitter.
It was about doing something greater than self. 2020 keeping ZDLR spot warm for @RATM & powering a —-statement for 1000 days was a honorable truth mission in the hours of chaos from the jump… And so the bands rock on…. Let’s go @cypresshill @PublicEnemyFTP @prophetsofrage pic.twitter.com/sFqvwTxfhv
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) November 2, 2019