Rage Against the Machine to Quit?

Tom Morello says the band's future is "unknown," but global protests are keeping their music alive.

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Tom Morello has stirred up fears that Rage Against the Machine will not perform together again after saying their future is "unknown."

He added that the band have no plans to tour, but acknowledges that their music has some resonance with the receipt street protests in Brazil and Turkey.

"All I can say is that the music we created is so vital and contemporary to what is happening today in Sao Paolo and Istanbul," Morello told the NME. "Those songs are being played over PA systems and sung in the streets wherever people are standing up for their rights. In that regard, the band is alive and well. Whether or not we play any more shows is ... unknown."

Last year, he also said that the band had no plans to record new material. "When bands make albums it's because everybody wants to, and that's not the case with Rage Against The Machine at the moment. Everyone in the band gets along very well, we consider each other friends and comrades in arms, but people sometimes don't feel ready to do it ... If at some point Rage were to get it together to work more I would be open to that, but that's not on the table right now."

Rage Against the Machine most recently reunited in 2010 after an online campaign to get their song "Killing in the Name" to beat X Factor to the Christmas Number 1 slot.

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    Future "Unknown" means band is to "quit?" Good one UG
    they will stay together if a non-liberal president get's elected in 2016 then they'll make more music, notice how this happens with political bands like SOAD and etc. now that their guy is in power they can't bitch without being hypocrites.
    Actually, they are radical leftists, not liberals, not democrats and have been plenty critical of Obama.
    It's funny, cuz usually a news article will twist the words to make it sound worse than what somebody actually says; however, in this case it seems what Morello said is worse. He said he doesn't know if they will play again in the future... which kinda does mean quit.
    It has a question mark at the end. It's left as a question, it's not a statement. Nothing misleading about this one. I swear people just look for headlines to call out so they can hop on the band wagon.
    "Rage Against the Machine first recorded in 2010..." Waffuk?
    UG, there's a difference between constructing a title to make an article more appealing at a glance, and using something blatantly misleading.
    How about a full One Day as a Lion album? Haven't forgot about that!
    As much as I love One Day as a Lion, I think the five song EP was just about as long as I could listen to them at one sitting.
    I stood through a whole live show where they played the whole EP plus more songs... yeah.. they're ok.. but the mainstage at soundwave fest wasnt suited
    Well to me theyve 'quit' since 2000.A couple of shows a year doesnt really count to me.Its a damn shame as i would love new material but ive never believed they would get back together and record again.
    I thought they already quit.. I thought they just reunited for a moment for that Christmas thing.
    must be a slow news day... their last album was in 2000, who's really holding their breath for these guys anymore?
    I need to see Rage live before I die, I just have too, I hope they tour again sometime in the future, and a new album would be even better!
    Saw them at Lollapalooza in 93 with Primus & AIC. They crushed; biggest pit I've ever seen at Mountain View. Damn, those were the days...
    I'm fine with Rage ending, or not touring anymore because in my mind they're a nostalgia act right now. That's just my opinion, feel free to disagree.
    All right... I disagree. AC/DC and The Rolling Stones; now they're nostalgia acts! But I do sympathise with the point. Maybe they could form up with Immortal Technique and create a new album that way.
    AC/DC still makes new music and tours to support it. Yeah, there's definitely nostalgia to their shows, but like Rush, they're not just coasting on their past laurels.
    Mr. X-RaY
    If Tom is open to make some new Rage songs and they're friends, it's just a matter of time before a new record will come out. At least I hope so.
    The Spoon
    I wonder if the fact that the music they've already made still being relevant and still having an impact is the reason they don't feel the drive to make a new album.
    I think everyone would like a new album and is mad that they keep saying no, but I don't believe Tom is wrong. The value of their albums and the band is high, and if they released an album that didn't measure up to anything else the value would decrease. It's like Nirvana or Sublime, in that, they only made a few albums that will live on. Now Rage has a different situation but the point is that I think they are consent with being that awesome political band from the 90's.
    'with the receipt protests'. You probably mean recent.
    No, you didn't hear about the receipt protests? Hundreds of stores with an "if we don't provide a receipt, your next purchase is free" policy refused to hold up their end, and millions took to the streets.
    Oh, you mean The Receipt Protest of aught 13, what a bloodbath. The papercuts, the PAPERCUTS!
    Misleading much. They should reform. All of the problems of today could easily inspire a new album for these guys. They have too much talent and energy that shouldn't go to waste.
    So why did they even reform? The whole thing seems really hypocritical to me since it's basically just been a cash grab.
    Exactly. Tom Morello is entering that Bono territory where it is more about him than the issues.
    Someone should start an online petition for them to create a new album and tour. Would be interesting to see how many people would sign. I would. If they got enough people I bet that would get them interested to put something out. Or maybe they're just not raging anymore...
    I hope they do quit. It's so obviously a cash grab at this point. And I think Morello saying this stuff all the time is to leverage promoters into giving them more money for shows.
    Dead Eye Dick
    How is it a cash grab when most of their shows are free?
    They certainly did not play a free show when I saw them. In fact, they have some of the most expensive tickets out there. Make no mistake, these guys are all multi millionaires.
    I hope the editor/writer at UG received a strongly worded e-mail about this article.
    Psycho Pigeon
    These guys were good to listen to as a kid, jumping about and shouting "Fuck you I won't do as you tell me!", but now it's it like, whatever. They aren't going to change anything that way, maybe if they handed out a reading list at every gig you'd get some change amongst people. Also these guys are a bit Marxist which is an outdated view as well.
    I want an Audioslave reunion if Rage disbands...also Weiland needs to get back with Velvet Revolver, but I don't know where an appropriate place to post that would be...
    Leave it to UG to take someone ultimately saying they're not sure whether they'll play or not and make a concrete statement that they aren't.
    They put a question mark, so it's totally respectable journalism and not in any way sensationalist crap. You can say the most outrageous, misleading things possible and it's completely fine as long as you put a question mark after it.
    Rage Against The Machine (more specifically Zack Del La Rocha) do nothing put politcal related music and after a while it gets boring. Sure the music still holds up and is relevant now more than its ever been. But with the world right now they could easily write another album with all the stuff that's happening. But at the same time chances are they'd simply be recycling what they've already done.
    I guess I should mention how De La Rocha has done barely anything since the last Rage album (five songs). I mean the other guys did Audioslave and Morello has his Nightwatchmen (political in a different vein) as well. I mean De La Rocha just seems to be the sticking point more than anything
    At least play Know Your Enemy with Maynard again when I can see it and I'll be happy.
    Good riddance. Morello is an interesting player but these guys are only about the protest. Every time a society revolts against their governments, they kick everyone out and then the people who take over have no clue who to run things. ref: Egypt. Socialism has never produced a successful society because you always run out of someone else's money.
    I kind of like how they haven't done anything... new stuff would be awesome but at least they aren't forcing anything just to produce new material, especially if they aren't fully ready to commit to making a great album.
    I'm so sick of this band. Sorry guys, but you arn't the anthem of political change, you are the rap/metal jocks and arts students listen to at the gym. Get Chris Cornell back already, so this "social cause" band BS will go away.
    In a world dominated by pop idol x-factor crap we need bands like RATM, maybe their time has passed, but we need someone to step up.
    So glad I got to see them at Alpine Valley years back...never thought I'd see em after they separated in 2000. Still, a new album would be great!