While it shouldn’t be a major surprise, the reunion of Rage Against the Machine means the end of Prophets of Rage.
The rap rock supergroup formed in 2016 with Rage/Audioslave bandmates Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, along with Chuck D of Public Enemy and B-Real of Cypress Hill. The latter confirmed that the two bands would not coexist.
“I want to say thank you to the fans that supported @prophetsofrage for the time we’ve been rocking together,” B-Real wrote on Instagram with a band photo. “It’s been an honor to rock stages and people of all ages with these guys. It’s been a great time and great memories in a short time. Rockin’ alongside of Chuck and Tom has been amazing to say the least. It was fun while it lasted and I hope we left a big impression and that the music has been a source of inspiration for those that needed it. That was the purpose we got together. So I say to y’all stay informed, stay engaged and fight the good fight.”
A Rage Against the Machine reunion with frontman and activist Zach de la Rocha had always been considered a longshot, but it became a reality last week with the announcement of several election year shows in 2020, including Coachella for two weekends in April. The four original members last performed together at their own L.A. Rising event in 2011.
Chuck D says he was proud to help carry on Rage Against the Machine’s political message in de la Rocha’s absence.
“It was about doing something greater than self,” he wrote on Twitter. “2020 keeping ZDLR spot warm for @RATM & powering a statement for 1000 days was an honorable truth mission in the hours of chaos from the jump… And so the bands rock on.”