Rage Against The Machine launch first shows in 11 years with epic sets and sidelining injuries

Wrapping their entire set with a ribbon of resistance
Singer Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine
Singer Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine Photo credit Kevin Winter/Getty Images
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"It goes a one, two, three..." and just like that, Rage Against The Machine is back on the road after an extended break and cancelations due to COVID, and they're pulling no punches in their setlist when it comes to fan favorites.

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RATM kicked off their long-awaited Public Service Announcement Tour, originally set to begin in 2020, in East Troy, WI with a blistering set of tracks from each of the band's four studio releases, wrapping the entire performance with a ribbon of resistance.

Not a word was uttered by any of the performers throughout their opening night set in Wisconsin, choosing to make their political and cultural views apparent with pictures, videos, and messages flashed across their backdrop promoting the "abortion" of the Supreme Court, refugee relief, and better border policing policies, among other causes.

Unfortunately, during their second show in Chicago, frontman Zack de la Rocha -- known for his wild stage presence -- had a bit more to say after he injured his leg only four songs into their set and had to be helped off stage. Luckily, he returned to finish the concert while seated on a monitor. “I don’t know what happened to my leg right now,” Zack said after making his way back. “Straight up, but you know what? We’re gonna keep this f***ing s*** going. I can crawl across this stage. We’re gonna play for you all tonight.”

Rage Against the Machine has also chosen to donate $475,000 of ticket sales of the tour’s first three shows to reproductive rights organizations. Their next concert is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12 again in Chicago. Click for a full list of tour dates, and grab your tickets right HERE.

Check out the setlist for both nights below. One distinction came in their July 11 set when they swapped the Evil Empire track "Without a Face" with "Down Rodeo."

Rage Against The Machine Setlist - July 9 + July 11

Bombtrack
People of the Sun
Bulls on Parade
Bullet in the Head
Testify
Tire Me
Wake Up
Guerrilla Radio
Without a Face (7/9)
Down Rodeo (7/11)
Know Your Enemy
Calm Like a Bomb
Sleep Now in the Fire
War Within a Breath
The Ghost of Tom Joad
Freedom
Township Rebellion
Killing in the Name

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