Rage Against The Machine’s Most Incendiary Moments

08.20.2012

MUSIC

The SNL Incident

Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels has a great sense of humor. In 1996, on the release of Rage’s sophomore album Evil Empire, SNL booked the band and billionaire media magnate and ex-presidential candidate Steve Forbes on same show. Like most SNL musical acts, Rage was to play two songs (“Bulls On Parade” and “Bullet In The Head”) but the show’s producers asked the band to play censored versions of the songs and to refrain from displaying the American Flag upside down, as Forbes’ family was in attendance. Angered, the band tore through “Bulls On Parade” (with profanity and unfurled flags intact) and left the show, but not before tossing torn flag pieces in Forbes’ dressing room.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/juliendufresne888 Julien Dufresne

    I love it!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.fritz.526 John Fritz

    Hello – I am trying to get
    Zack de la Rocha’s email address. I live in Wilmington, DE and have some ideas for him regarding converting his political ideas into reality. In case Zack or a friend of his happens to read this, my email is fritzjf@live.com……also i wanted to convey the title of a book to him – “the creature from Jekyl Island” … it is, at least to me, a fascinating book about the history of the federal reserve. parts of it cover the civil war, and the point at which Lincoln converted the war from being about just money into being “about” the end of slavery. anyway, i wanted to start a dialog with
    zack, which i think he would find extremely interesting. John fritz

  • nappy247man

    The whole thing was planned

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