RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE have made a number of live tracks, including material from their show at this year’s READING FESTIVAL, available for download via their website.
The downloads are the band’s latest way of apologising to fans who, as previously revealed on NME.COM, were thrown off Napster for downloading tracks from new album ‘Renegades’.
When the band discovered what had happened, guitarist Tom Morello posted a message on the band’s official bulletin board, saying the decision had nothing to do with the band. At the time, he said: “Rage against The Machine would like to sincerely apologise to all our fans who were kicked off Napster for downloading ‘Renegades’. The move to take action was taken completely unilaterally by our new management…as soon as I was made aware of this horrible mistake on their part, I immediately phoned our management and record company to see what we could to get our Napster using fans reinstated as soon as possible.”
Now, as a way of making amends further, the band have released several songs and videos via [url=]www.ratm.com. The tracks are mainly live versions of classic Rage tracks, as well as covers which feature on ‘Renegades’. Two tracks from this year?s Reading Festival are included – their cover of the MC5 classic ‘Kick Out The Jams’ and their own ‘Sleep Now In The Fire’.
In addition to the audio downloads, there are a series of live videos from their festival appearances from across the world.