In 1997, shortly after the Wu-Tang Clan dropped Wu-Tang Forever and while rap-rock band Rage Against the Machine was still promoting their 1996 release, Evil Empire, the two groups decided to co-headline a national tour. While Rage rocked on, Wu-Tang fizzled off the tour due to internal issues which was discussed in the film Rock the Bells.
Now with a new album in the making, Wu-Tang has agreed to co-headline the Rock the Bells festival with Rage Against the Machine this summer.
“It’s definitely our fans’ dream billing. It’s a tremendous honor to have Rage Against The Machine and Wu-Tang Clan perform together,” said event organizer Chang Weisberg of Guerilla Union. “I can’t wait to announce the rest of the line-up for Rock the Bells. It’s incredibly important to put some shine on quality hip-hop. The opportunity to galvanize the social and political consciousness of these groups is undeniable.”
The Rock the Bells shows will take place in
Rage Against the Machine, who broke up in 2000, made headlines earlier this year when they announced they would reunite for the Coachella music on April 29. The 3-day festival sold out in 36 hours.