Friday, August 14, 2009

Rage Against the Machine, Jello Biafra: Democratic National Intervention.

Nearly a year ago, the Democratic National Convention took place in Denver. Bush was still in office; Obama was still the hopeful contender to become the next holder of the presidency.

Across town from the Democrats' back-patting shindig, though, a protest concert against the War in Iraq took place. Headlining the gig at the Denver Coliseum was Rage Against the Machine. (Joining them onstage was the MC5's Wayne Kramer; here's my photo of Kramer, plus the link to my interview with him for The Huffington Post.)

Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello with his six-stringed six shooter:

Rage-singer Zack de la Rocha looking ecstatic to be rabble-rousing:

Acting as the concert's Master of Ceremonies was Boulder-bred, former-Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra. Here's Biafra backstage, wearing his three-word statement:

Rage Against the Machine not only played, they led a protest march that included concertgoers, fellow musicians, members of Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Born on the Fourth of July author Ron Kovics to the Democrats' convention in order to deliver a letter opposing the war to Obama.

Ah, 2008 in Denver...a more hopeful time and place, perhaps.

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