Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford loves LA.
"It's such a melting pot of different ethnicities and points of view. It's socially conscious and it's beautiful. It's the best place in the country to live as far as I'm concerned."
What to do with all of that hometown pride? For Tim and his LA-bred bandmates, you make the city even better.
On July 30, Rage will share billing with Muse, Rise Against, Ms Lauryn Hill, Immortal Technique and El Gran Silencio at a the LA Rising, a powerful concert event shedding light on how Los Angeles is directly affected by poverty, labor, war and immigration issues. Taking place at the iconic Memorial Coliseum (nucleus of the 1984 Summer Olympics), the festival will give socially conscious music-lovers a place to engage and spark action -- or, as guitarist Tom Morello sees it: "the opportunity to get informed and get involved while we rock them senseless."
Along with event organizers, the band created something called Re-Education Camp, a cluster of 30+ carefully-vetted, well-respected nonprofits worthy of attention. Don't worry, garbage cans won't overflow with wasted, wadded-up pamphlets and fliers after the show; as a virtually paperless event, all Re-Education Camp resources will be listed on a single postcard -- a sort of pocket directory for doing good in LA.
Tim C. recognizes that everyone there will have something to teach and something to learn. "At every Rage show I've been a part of there are always kids who know more than me, and I'm excited to meet them," he tells Act. Likewise, the rest of us around the country can take a cue from LA Rising and ask questions about how immigration, poverty, labor and war affect our own communities. "We should all know what's going on and take it to the streets."
Rage. Against. The. Machine. Even those words give us permission to get a healthy kind of angry and stand up for ourselves and our communities, right? Tim says that his band, 20-years strong, still has "the greatest name ever," explaining, "It is a message that says it all: don't take no for an answer, find out about things that are happening in the world around you and be vocal about those things. That's what the band is all about. We learn things and discuss things and include those things in the songs. Whether or not everyone wants to hear them doesn't really matter."
We have a feeling that LA Rising's crowd of fans and activists most definitely want to hear what these guys have to say. "There's the political side of Rage and then there's the pure electric side, a mixture of the audience and the band. I look forward to the live wire, seeing what it feels like."
"It's going to be a great day," he predicts -- "as if it's the last thing we ever do."
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