Mississauga concertgoer records Rage Against the Machine guitarist’s safety tackle in Toronto |
Published on July 26, 2022 at 7:37 p.m.
Security at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena got the wrong man last night when they tackled talent instead of a fan who had taken the stage.
In video captured by Frank Cusenza, a bassist from Mississauga, viewers can see the band about to drop their hit kill in the name of from their self-titled debut album. This song, which explores racism and police brutality, is one of Rage’s biggest hits in many countries.
One fan was especially excited to hear that iconic opening riff. As the crowd erupted in shouting opening lines, A Man in Red rushed over a barrier holding back the crowd that filled the packed arena.
Then he crossed an open area for staff and took the stage on the far left, running directly towards guitarist Tom Morello, credited as one of the greatest players to pick up the instrument.
A security guard can then be seen coming out of the wings to intercept the would-be surfer. The fan jumps past Morello as the guard leaps into a tackle, colliding with the guitarist instead of the fan.
The impact hits Morello from stage right and lands in the audience pit. Meanwhile, the fan jumps to the front of the stage and tries to get back into the crowd. However, security holds firm as the video cuts out.
Morello reportedly came back on stage, said “Let’s go”, and the band played the song again. Although the guitarist didn’t mention the incident in a later tweet celebrating the gig, he said “All Hell can’t stop us now.”
—Tom Morello (@tmorello) July 24, 2022
Rage Against the Machine (RAtM) is in the midst of its reunion tour after an eight-year hiatus. The rap-metal fusion band formed in 1991 released some of the most acclaimed records of the decade, including Rage against the machine (1992), evil empire (1996), and The Battle of Los Angeles (1999).
RAtM is renowned for its musical inventiveness, socially responsible lyrics, and impact on the music industry, inspiring scores of Nu Metal acts over the past 30 years. The disbanded following a covers album renegades (2000).
Rapper Zack de la Rocha launched a solo career and instrumentalists; namely Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk, formed Audioslave with Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell.
After a brief reunion between 2007 and 2011, the band disbanded again. This time, the band’s instrumental side teamed up with Chuck D and DJ Lord of Public Enemy as Prophets of Rage.
This group released an EP and a full album, but disbanded in 2019. RAtM reunited for a second time shortly thereafter and embarked on a reunion tour. Originally scheduled for 2019, then 2020, then 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The world tour finally started on July 9 and continues until April 2023 with several more Canadian appearances. They are on tour with the hip-hop group Run the Jewels, also renowned for their inventive musicianship and socially responsible lyrics.
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