Are Rage Against The Machine reuniting for 2020 shows?

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The Internet has tied itself up in knots following the publication of an Instagram post that suggests Rage Against The Machine are reuniting for a series of shows in 2020.

Just 24 hours after news broke that My Chemical Romance are reforming, a post on an unverified Rage Against The Machine Instagram account has listed five dates in Spring next year, beneath a photo that had also been been shared by RATM guitarist Tom Morello earlier in the week.  

The photo showed protestors in the Chilean capital of Santiago, next to a message from Morello that read, "Chile is not messing around. USA NEXT?"

Now the RATM account – which has not previously posted any images – has shared the photo alongside five dates and cities. And a tweet from the fan-managed RATM twitter account, which is run with the band's blessing, has also shared the dates.  

El Paso, TX March 26, 2020
Las Cruces, NM March 28, 2020
Phoenix, AZ March 30, 2020
Indio, CA April 10, 2020
Indio, CA April 17, 2020

The two Indio dates coincide with the 2020 Coachella festival, which is located in the city. 

There has been no official confirmation of the dates from RATM, although Forbes reports that longtime band associate Wayne Kamemoto – a music business manager who has worked with the likes of Cypress Hill – has confirmed that the social media posts are accurate.  

Rage Against The Machine haven't played together since a show at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 2011, while Morello, drummer Brad Wilk and bassist Tim Commerford have been performing as Prophets Of Rage alongside Public Enemy's Chuck D and Cypress Hill's B-Real since 2016. 

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.