Before vocalist Chris Cornell (ex-Soundgarden) joined forces with the displaced instrumentalists of Rage Against the Machine to form Audioslave, RATM were among the most revered acts in heavy rock. The band has since faded into the annals of rock history, having left an indelible mark, and their unmistakable sound has often been copied but never duplicated. This live album (originally planned as a two-disc set with the cover album RENEGADES), harnesses the energy and raw emotion that was an RATM concert, centred around Zach de la Rocha's unabashed social commentary, via stylish and often poetic rhyming.
On these 2000 performances, classic tracks were imbued with Zach's timely worldview, as "Killing in the Name" has its famous mantra morphed to "some of those that burn crosses/are the same that hold office", while the band precisely pummels its instruments. On "Freedom" (originally written to champion the cause of Leonard Peltier), de la Rocha chants "Free Mumia", in reference to his support of Mumia Abu-Jamal. LIVE is a final testament to the greatness of this groundbreaking group, having special significance as the final performances of RATM, recorded in the band's hometown of Los Angeles.
The ever important and polemic Rage Against The Machine were recorded on September 12th and 13th 2000 on their very last tour at the Olympic Auditorium.
Tracklisting: Program Start / Bulls On Parade / Bombtrack / Calm Like A Bomb / Bullet In The Head / Sleep Now In The Fire / War Within A Breath / I'm Housin' / Killing In The Name / Born Of A Broken Man / No Shelter / Guerilla Radio / How Could I Just Kill A Man / Kick Out The Jams / Testify / Freedom / People Of The Sun / Know Your Enemy / Credits