Rage Against The Machine famously defeated Simon Cowell as they beat out X-Factor winner Joe McElderry for the Christmas No. 1 single. This weekend marks the band’s “victory party to end all victory parties” concert in London, so to celebrate, we’re taking a look back at their career with some facts you might not know about them.
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While appearing on Saturday Night Live in 1996, bassist Tim Commerford took a U.S. flag, tore it up, and charged into guest host/Republican Steve Forbes’ dressing room, hurling it at his associates. This incident followed Rage’s planned two-song set being cut short after they hung inverted American flags onto their amps.
At Lollapalooza 1993, RATM appeared naked on stage, with only duct tape covering their mouths, as a stand against censorship. They later made another political statement in 2008 when they appeared at a festival in Guantanamo Bay jumpsuits with bags over their heads (while playing ‘Bombtrack’).
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