The air on Wednesday (May 18) was thick with rumors of a Rage Against The Machine reunion. The group on Tuesday (May 17) launched the website prophetsofrage.com and draped their hometown of Los Angeles in some ads bearing the hashtag #takethepowerback.
All of this fed speculation that the band's first public outing since 2011 was imminent, and given that "Prophets of Rage" is an old Public Enemy song, the iconic rap outfit was expected to be involved in some capacity. But as Billboard has learned, that isn't the whole story.
Sources have told the magazine that three members of Rage are set to form the group Prophets of Rage with Public Enemy's Chuck D and Cypress Hill's B-Real, but that the group's lead singer, Zack de La Rocha, isn't involved with the plans.
Prophets of Rage will perform songs by all three bands, and has already planned shows at the Hollywood Palladium on June 3rd and at the Whiskey a Go Go later in the summer. According to sources familiar with the situation, there might also be a summer tour planned, just in time to lambast the 2016 presidential elections.
Watch Tom Morello talk about Rage Against the Machine reunion rumors in this archival Fuse clip: