With less than 24 hours to go until an official announcement is made, speculation is mounting about a reported super-grouping of metal crossover group Rage Against The Machine with members of genre defining hip hop acts Public Enemy and Cypress Hill.
Rumours began circulating just over ten days ago that Rage members guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerfold, and drummer Brad Wilk are set to be joined by Cypress Hill's B-Real and Chuck D from Public Enemy. Though not the Rage Against The Machine reunion that many have anticipated, the prospect of the new politically-chard act, is sure to make up for the absence of front man Zach De La Rocha.
Whispers of the new super group have been rife this past fortnight, and a show widely believed to take place on 3rd June at the Hollywood Palladium marking their first public appearance. The date will also be the first Los Angeles outing for the Rage trio since they played their last show together at L.A.'s Rising Fest in 2011. Another show is whispered to be taking place at the nearby Whisky-A-Go-Go on an unannounced date, with more performances expected soon.
The exciting formation was first hinted at on 17th May, when Public Enemy front man Chuck D tweeted videos from Rage Against The Machine's Finsbury Park's 'Battle Of Britain' show from 2010. An official website was launched a short time later, with a countdown timer keeping onlookers ensnared. The site initially crashed after an unprecedented stream of interest.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1991, Rage Against The Machine burst onto the scene with their explosive self-titled debut album the following year. Featuring their best known track in the vitriolic 'Killing In The Name', the band achieved a shock Christmas No.1 with the single in the U.K. in December 2009. The chart victory was the result of an internet campaign led by fans Jon and Tracey Morter, designed to prevent another X Factor number one.