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AGAINST THE MACHINE
Finsbury Park, London 6 June 2010
year a Facebook campaign was set up to get Rage Against The Machine's
'Killing In The Name' to the coverted Christmas number 1 spot in a hope
to destroy Simon Cowell's five year dominance of getting his X-Factor
acts rammed down our earholes.
As you know,
history was made after over half million people downloaded the 1992
single and RATM were so impressed with the campaign they promised that
the UK would be rewarded with a free concert.
fans won tickets through a lottery system with many more turning up on
the day in the vain hope of getting in, with some climbing over the
perimeter walls even early in the afternoon.
Watford gap were punk rockers Gallows who opened up with the Sex
Pistols classic 'God Save The Queen' in a tribute to their heroes who
played this very park when they reformed.
Carter was in fine confident mood being held aloft by security at the
front of the pit singing his lungs out. The ginger nut didn't
crumble and put on a winning performance.
followed that may not be of interest to readers of this website, but
London rapper Roots Manuva did a Cyprus Hill humourous stlye set
and the US gypsy punk with the East Europeon accordion influence rock of
Gogol Bordello was high energy stuff which would sound great on a
sunny afternoon at Glastonbury.
belonged to Rage Against The Machine though who came on stage
after a spoof animated Simon Cowell introduction with an explosive
was loud and thumping and Finsbury Park was rocking. A unison of 40,000
hands were raised for 'Bombtrack' with heads bopping up and down.
early stage many more managed to gatecrash their way into the arena to
great applause from those already inside. Security could only
stand and watch. Later on, under police advice, the gates were
opened for those still outside for one of the best parties ever held in
The Head' still sounded fresh and vibrant. Facebook campaigners Jon and
Tracy Morter were welcomed on stage and were handed a large cheque with
100% profits from the Christmas number one going towards Shelter, the
charity for the homeless. Guitarist Tom Morello said ''They were
the David to the X-Factor Goliath''.
de la Rocha said thanks to all the great British bands who have changed
music history throughout the years like The Who, Led Zeppelin, The
Specials and The Clash before going into a riveting 'White Riot'.
encore X-Factor winner Joe McEldberry's hit was mockingly blasted out
over the PA with some facts about the campaign which were broadcasted on
the big screens ending with 'YOU Made History' to great applause.
The Name' just destroyed, it was great hearing so many screaming ''Fuck
you, I won't do what you tell me'' , so loud I'm sure it would have kept
Queen Elizabeth awake at night.
gig that will go down in history and be mentioned in the same breath as
Woodstock, Stones at Hyde Park and many more monumental gigs in years to
Set list: Testify / Bombtrack / People Of The Sun / Know Your Enemy /
Bulls On Parade / Township Rebillion / Bullet In The Head / White Riot /
Guerrila Radio / Sleep Now In The Fire .. encore... Killing In The Name
by Mark Taylor
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