Rage Against The Machine have confirmed they will play a free UK gig after beating X Factor winner Joe McElderry to the Christmas Number One spot last night (December 20).
The band who declared they were “honoured” by support shown to their song in the week-long chart battle, had promised they would stage the show if they were victorious.
“Rage Against The Machine are honoured to have been drafted by this historic grassroots campaign to make our song ‘Killing In The Name’ the Number One song on the UK Christmas Week pop chart,” declared guitarist Tom Morello. “This is a huge victory by and for fans of real music and we extend our heartfelt thanks to every fan and freedom fighter who helped make our anthem of defiance and rebellion the anarchy christmas miracle of 2009.”
He added: “As promised we will play a free concert in the UK in celebration of this incredible upset victory over the heavily favoured X Factor single.
“We are also pleased that so much money has been raised for homeless charity Shelter and are happy to donate as well to aid this important cause. While there are many lessons that can be drawn from this historic upset, the main one is this: that ordinary people, banding together in solidarity, can change anything, be it the pop charts or the world.”