Supergroup Prophets of Rage welcomed a huge crowd as they played their first ever UK show.
The band, made up of members from Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave, Cypress Hill and Public Enemy, took to the main stage at Download.
Speaking to Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter, guitarist Tom Morello said the band were “jumping in the deep end”.
On stage, the six-piece dedicated one song to former Audioslave member Chris Cornell, who died in May.
During Like A Stone, an empty microphone was placed on stage, with Morello paying tribute to a “fallen comrade, sweet person and good friend”.
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Speaking before the gig at Donington Park, Morello said: “These songs and this band are built for days like today.”
He may have been referencing the good weather – but this was Prophets Of Rage and he was talking about the UK’s political situation.
After the initial result of a hung parliament, Tom said: “I thought our political system was messed up. I have no idea what’s going on here.”
The band made several political references and statements during their set regarding Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and US President Donald Trump.
As you’d expect, they didn’t hold back.
Rapper Chuck D said: “If you sing as a band, there should be one song about something that’s relevant to the future of their lives.”
- Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave)
- Chuck D, DJ Lord (Public Enemy)
- B-Real (Cypress Hill)
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The set list included songs by all their separate bands, including Public Enemy’s Fight The Power, climaxing with Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name Of.
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The group formed in 2016 and Morello admits it took a while to gel.
“It was a great idea on paper,” he told Radio 1’s Rock Show.
“We got into the rehearsal room and we rehearsed in secret, deep in the heart of the San Fernando Valley.
“Each band had to forge its own chemistry to be effective and that took time.
“It gelled around our first show.”
Chuck D, of Public Enemy, said the group were “superheroes”, claiming his new band mates allow him “to have attitude and latitude and the challenge to be better than anybody else.”
“No-one is doing exactly what we’re doing.”
After an EP in 2016, the band release their first self-titled studio album later this year.
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