Chuck D says he’s “keeping the seat warm” for Rage Against The Machine singer
Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill supergroup Prophets Of Rage say that RATM singer Zack De La Rocha can join the band “any time”.
When Prophets Of Rage played their first show in May, bassist Tim Commerford said that De La Rocha had given his blessing to Prophets Of Rage but that the singer had no intention of joining.
But Public Enemy’s Chuck D – the vocalist in Prophets Of Rage alongside B-Real of Cypress Hill – has revealed that he has spoken directly to De La Rocha and that the singer is “considering” rejoining his RATM bandmates.
D told Rolling Stone: “I called Zack and he said ‘Dude, this is the utmost honour,’ and I’m tickled brown by that.
“And if Zack wants to come in, they’ve got Rage Against The Machine. If he doesn’t want to, it’s Prophets Of Rage.
“Getting the approval from Zack was like ‘Yeah, man, this is what it is. This is not Rage, but we’re keeping your seat warm,’ and Zack was like, ‘I’ll consider that.’”
Prophets Of Rage features Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk plus Public Enemy turntablist DJ Lord alongside Chuck D and B-Real. They tour the US from August 19-October 16, though there are no UK or European shows planned.
D said that sharing vocal duties with B-Real made his job easy. He commented: “Being second mic to B-Real is the greatest luxury I’ve ever had on stage. That’s a good thing, because it takes both of us to tackle Zack’s fury in our own particular way.”