Rage Against The Machine : A Time Line
[1991]First public performance, somebody's living room, Orange County, California.
[1992]Self-produced 12-song cassette released. Includes "Bullet In The Head"this original version is later included on Epic debut album. Through fan club and at live shows, this tape sells over 5,000 copies.
07/13/1992Rage support Porno For Pyros on the latter's debut performance, Los Angeles, CA.
09/11/1992First of two shows on the second stage of Lollapalooza II, Irvine Meadows, Los Angeles, California.
10/01/1992First European tour begins, supporting Suicidal Tendencies (through 10/24/1992).
11/06/1992Rage Against The Machine released on Epic Records.
12/26/1992"On the strength of the album, they must be viewed as one of the most original and virtuosic new rock bands in the nation..." Timothy White, Billboard.
03/08/1993Rage begin US tour with House Of Pain.
07/18/1993Appearing at Lollapalooza III in Philadelphia, Rage create a silent protest against censorship by standing naked on stage for 15 minutes without singing or playing a note. Each band member has duct tape across his mouth and a letter scrawled on his chest, spelling out "P-M-R-C."
09/11/1993Rage headline sold-out Anti-Nazi League benefit, Brixton Academy, London, England. Supporting acts include Lush, Senser, Headswim and Green Apple Quickstep. Show raises money for League activities, publicizes 10/16/1993 anti-Nazi march.
10/14/1993Rage begin headlining US tour with "Rock For Choice" benefit at The Palladium, Hollywood, California.
11/04/1993First sold-out headlining show at Roseland, New York City.
11/17/1993Rage begin a US tour with Cypress Hill in Denver, Colorado.
12/19/1993MTV "120 Minutes" premier of "Freedom" video, directed by Peter Christopherson. The video combines live performance footage with scenes from 1992 documentary Incident At Oglala and text from Peter Matthiessen's In The Spirit Of Crazy Horse.
01/23/1994Rage headline Rock For Choice benefit, The Palladium, Hollywood, CA. Also appearing: Screaming Trees, Eddie Vedder, Mary's Danish, 7 Year Bitch, Green Apple Quick Step, Exene Cervenka.
02/01/1994"Freedom" is the #1 video in the country, according to CVC Broadcast & Cable Top 50 chart.
04/28/1994Rage organize a benefit concert "For The Freedom Of Leonard Peltier," California State University, Dominguez Hills, California. Rage headlines a bill including Cypress Hill, Quicksand, Mother Tongue, X and Stanford Prison Experi-ment, with guest appearance by the Beastie Boys. A check for $75,235.91 is later presented to the Leonard Peltier Defense Fund.
10/22/1994Rage play "Latinpalooza," a joint benefit for Leonard Peltier Defense Fund, United Farm Workers, and Para Los NiƱos, at Grand Olympic Grounds, Los Angeles, CA. Cypress Hill, Ligher Shade Of Brown, Fobia, Little Joe Y La Familia, and Thee Midnighters share the bill.
12/30/1994Higher Learning, with music from film directed by John Singleton, is released on Epic Soundtrax. It features new Rage track, "Year Of Tha Boomer-ang," which is later included on Evil Empire.
08/17/1994Rage Against The Machine is certified platinum for sales of one million copies. The album also certified platinum in Canada, UK, France, Belgium, and Chile; double platinum in New Zealand; and gold in Germany, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia.
08/13/1995Rage organize and headline a benefit concert at the Capitol Ballroom, Washington, D.C. The show raises more than $8,000 for the International Concerned Friends And Family Of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Also appearing: Handsome, Sullivan Brothers, Girls Against Boys, Chuck D. of Public Enemy, and Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill.
04/13/1996Rage appear on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Their two-song performance is cut to one song when the band attempts to hang inverted American flags from their amplifiers.
04/14/1996Rage video for "Bulls On Parade," directed by Peter Christopherson, premiers on MTV's "120 Minutes."
04/16/1996Evil Empire is released on Epic Records.
04/20/1996Rage play free concert at the Velodrome at California State University, Dominguez Hills, California.
05/03/1996Rage begin a headlining European tour in Madrid.
05/04/1996Evil Empire enter Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #1*.
06/16/1996Rage play the Tibetan Freedom Concert, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. The two-day event draws a sell-out crowd of over 100,000 making it the largest U.S. benefit concert since Live Aid in 1985, according to event producers Bill Graham Presents. Proceeds go to the Milarepa Fund, a San Francisco non-profit group working for the cultural survival of Tibet. Also appearing: Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Fugees, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lee Hooker, Beck, Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono, De La Soul, Richie Havens.
07/16/1996Rage begin a headlining US tour in Atlanta, GA including five nights at Roseland in New York City; four shows at the Hollywood Palladium, and three performances as the special guest band on the main stage of Lollapalooza.
07/31/1996(1) Rage's "Bulls On Parade," directed by Peter Christopherson, is nominated for Best Hard Rock Video in the MTV Video Music Awards. (2) Evil Empire certified platinum for US sales of more than one million copies.
09/04/1996Rage begin a West Coast headlining tour in San Jose, CA with dates through 10/10/1996.
01/04/1997Two songs from Evil Empire, "Bulls On Parade" and "Tire Me," are nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance respectively in the 38th Annual Grammy Awards sponsored by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
01/08/1997Rage Against The Machine is certified double platinum for US sales of more than two million copies.
01/20/1997More than 50 US commercial radio stations carry the two-hour debut of "Radio Free L.A." The broadcast includes two live sets by a band comprised of Tom Morello (guitar), Zack de la Rocha (vocal), Flea (bass, of Red Hot Chili Peppers), and Steven Perkins (drums, of Porno For Pyros), including versions of "Down Rodeo," "Vietnow," "Tire Me," "People Of The Sun," "Bulls On Parade," and "Year Of The Boomerang." Also featured are live performances by Beck and Cypress Hill, and commentary by Leonard Peltier, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Noam Chomsky, Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), and Chuck D (Public Enemy).
02/26/1997"Tire Me" wins Best Metal Performance in the Grammy Awards ceremonies held at Madison Square Garden in New York.
04/25/1997At Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Rage Against The Machine begin a series of stadium concerts supporting U2. Rage's net earnings from these performances are donated to a group of activist organizations, including Friends & Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal; FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting); the National Commission for Democracy in Mexico; FZLN (Zapatista Front For National Liberation); and Women Alive.
08/21/1997In West Palm Beach, Florida, Rage begin a headlining US tour with special guests Wu-Tang Clan. The Wu withdraw from the tour after just one week of shows; subsequent opening slots are filled by Foo Fighters and The Roots, among others.
10/30/1997Evil Empire is certified double platinum.
11/25/1997Rage release a self-titled full-length home video, concert footage, non-album songs, and full-length, uncensored versions of the band's controversial music videos. The home video comes with a bonus CD single: a new Rage studio recording of Bruce Springsteen's "The Ghost of Tom Joad."
12/13/1997In Santa Monica, California, Rage's Tom Morello is arrested during civil disobedience in a "March Of Conscience" against sweatshop labor. The arrests are part of a protest by garment workers and their supporters against sweatshop abuses by Guess? Inc. In the same week, advertisements appear on billboards and bus shelters in Las Vegas and New York reading. A caption under a photo of the band reads: "Rage Against Sweatshops: We Don't Wear Guess? - A Message from Rage Against The Machine and UNITE (Union of Needletrades Industrial and Textile Employees)."
01/06/1998"People Of The Sun," from Evil Empire, is nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance in the 39th Annual Grammy Awards.
01/12/1998The home video is certified US platinum for sales of 100,000 copies.
02//1998Rage record "No Shelter."
05//1998 Rehearsals begin for The Battle of Los Angeles.
09/01/1998 Recording of The Battle of Los Angeles begins (completed 10/01/1998).
01/23/1999 Unadvertised show at the 500-capacity Troubador in Los Angeles.
01/28/1999 Rage organize and headline a benefit concert at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ, with proceeds donated to the International Concerned Family And Friends Of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Also appearing are Black Star, Bad Religion and the Beastie Boys.
01/05/1999 "No Shelter," Rage's track on the platinum Godzilla soundtrack, is nominated for Best Metal Performance in the 40th Annual Grammy Awards.
04/12/1999 In Geneva, Switzerland, Zack de la Rocha speaks before a full session of the International Commission of Human Rights of the United Nations on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the application of the death penalty in the United States.
04/24/1999 Zack addresses a rally for Mumia Abu-Jamal rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Later in the day, he presents a check for $80,000 to to the International Concerned Family And Friends Of Mumia Abu-Jamal, representing proceeds from the 1/28/1999 benefit concert.
06/13/1999 Rage Against The Machine play the Tibetan Freedom Concert at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wisconsin. The bill also includes The Cult, Run DMC, the Beastie Boys, Blondie, Live, Biz Markie, Outkast, The Roots, Otis Rush, and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder.
07/25/1999 Rage perform at Woodstock 99 in Rome, New York. A song from the set, "Bulls On Parade," is later included on the Epic double album Woodstock 99 (released 10/19/1999).
07/30/1999 Performance at the Mount Fuji Festival in Naeba, Japan
08/01/1999Performance at Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea.
08/03/1999Performance at Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.
10/10/1999Rage headline the Coachella Festival in Indio, California.
10/12/1999"Guerrilla Radio," the first single from The Battle of Los Angeles, arrives in stores.
11/02/1999On Election Day, Rage's third album The Battle of Los Angeles is released on Epic Records. The band makes its first ever appearance on "Late Night With David Letterman" (CBS network), performing "Guerrilla Radio" live on the streets of midtown Manhattan.
07/25/2000 Rhyme and Reason 2000 is cancelled due to a shoulder injury sustained by Beastie Boys' Mike D.
08/01/2000 The 5-track CD single of "Testify" is released in the US.
08/16/2000 After weeks of harried negotiations, a federal judge's ruling and some luck, Rage Against the Machine manages to stage a blistering, politically charged concert at the very doorstep of the Democratic National Convention at Staples Center.
11/07/2000 The Single from "Renegades", "Renegades of Funk", begins radio airplay.
12/05/2000 "Renegades" Hits the streets as a collection of songs originally written and recorded by artists such as MC5, The Stooges, EPMD, Bob Dylan, Minor Threat, The Rolling Stones, Afrika Bambaataa, Devo, Volume 10, Erik B and Rakim, and Cypress Hill. In keeping with the spirit and concept of the Renegades album, a newly remixed, alternate version of Bruce Springsteen's "The Ghost of Tom Joad" (previously only available as a single along with Rage's 1997 home video) was also included.
02/20/2001 "The Battle of Mexico City" DVD is released... a full-length concert and video journal of the band's trip to Mexico City which was clearly one of the musical and political highlights of RATM's career.
02/21/2001 RATM wins Best Hard Rock Performance for "Guerrilla Radio" at the 43rd Grammy Awards
03/09/2001 Tom Morello is nominated in the Outstanding Guitarist category in the 2001 California Music Awards.
03/13/2001 Tom Meets with Mumia Abu-Jamal in the SCI Greene penitentiary, taking messages from fans on the site along with him to deliver to Mumia.
4/21/2001 Timmy C, Brad Wilk and Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine participate in the protest against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) in San Ysidro, California.
04/29/2001 For the fourth year in a row Tom Morello was voted Best Guitarist at the 24th Annual California Music Awards. Tom was presented his award by Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown. Tom also presented the Outstanding Punk/Ska Album which was won by Green Day.