Chuck D is ready to “Make America Rage Again.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer from Roosevelt calls his new supergroup, Prophets of Rage, a “unique aligning of the planets,” as it unites him with Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist Tom Morello, drummer Brad Wilk and bassist Tim Commerford, Cypress Hill’s B-Real and Public Enemy’s DJ Lord.
“This is three solid situations coming together,” Chuck told Rolling Stone. “And don’t sleep on Cypress Hill or Public Enemy songs. They’re Rage-ified and put together and created a frenzy that really befuddles the average person on the behavior politics of the United States of America.”
And with that kind of protest lined up, where else would the band start its tour other than Cleveland on July 19 for the opening of the Republican National Convention? (The tour will stop at Barclays Center on Aug. 27, but the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater show on Aug. 28 has been canceled and moved to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.)
“We want to play big,” Chuck said. “Public Enemy plays big. Cypress Hill plays big. But this is huge. These songs are already going to travel. It’s about catching up to wherever the songs travel to.”