Rage Against the Machine Reunion Confirmed, and Fans Naturally React on Twitter

Rap-rock pioneers Rage Against the Machine are back.

On Friday, Forbes confirmed that the band would perform a string of shows in 2020, including appearances at both weekends of Coachella.

Rage Against the Machine hadn't played live together since performing a one-off show in 2011. Original band members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford formed the band Prophets of Rage with Chuck D of Public Enemy and B-Real of Cypress Hill in 2016. Meanwhile frontman Zack de la Rocha released a solo single and collaborated with rap duo Run The Jewels that same year.

Fans and music critics, of course, were quick to share the reunion news. Comedian and actor Tommy Campbell shared his feelings on seeing the band in London along with his excitement. He tweeted, "It was one of the most exciting concerts I've ever been to. This is awesome news."

Saw ‘Rage Against the Machine’ in London when they fulfilled their promise and put on the free ticketed show. It was one of the most exciting concerts I’ve ever been to. This is awesome news. #RageAgainstTheMachine #Rage #RATM

— Tommy Campbell (@MrTommyCampbell) November 1, 2019

Vicky Baftiri, a journalist for Chicago-based WGN-TV, tweeted her excitement upon hearing the news.

I'm on cloud 9. #RATM #2020 Yeaaaaaaaahhhhh https://t.co/0Z3y16ihwY

— Vicky Baftiri (@VickyBaftiri) November 1, 2019

Music journalist and author Dan Ozzi made his desires clear in a tweet that read: "rage against the machine tiny desk concert."

rage against the machine tiny desk concert

— Dan Ozzi (@danozzi) November 1, 2019

A Skylit Drive guitarist Nick Miller wrote: "I can't believe I will have an opportunity to see them in 2020," after calling them one of his favorite bands.

Rage Against The Machine has been one of my favorite bands since I was probably 12 years old. I can’t believe I will have an opportunity to see them in 2020.

— Nick Miller (@NickFNMiller) November 1, 2019
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Rage Against The Machine last reunited in 2011 for the L.A. Rising Festival. Fans of the band were overjoyed at the news of the short tour in 2020 C Flanigan/Getty

Some users couldn't help but acknowledge the timing between Rage Against the Machine's reunion and My Chemical Romance's announcement on Thursday. Sarasota Herald Tribune reporter Jimmy Geurts wrote: "Between My Chemical Romance and Rage Against the Machine announcing reunions, big week for all of us who were angsty teens in the late '90s/early '00s."

Between My Chemical Romance and Rage Against the Machine announcing reunions, big week for all of us who were angsty teens in the late '90s/early '00s.

— Jimmy Geurts (@JimmyGeurts) November 1, 2019

Some were critical of the band for playing Coachella due to the festival's large corporate sponsorships. Beer critic Ben Johnson noted: "Rage Against The Machine are reuniting at Coachella 2020, which is sponsored by Absolut Vodka, Amazon, Amex, BMW, Calin Klein, YouTube, Heineken, HP, and more. Isn't that kind of... the machine?"

Rage Against The Machine @RATM are reuniting at @Coachella 2020, which is sponsored by Absolut Vodka, Amazon, Amex, BMW, Calvin Klein, YouTube, Heineken, HP, and more.

Isn't that kind of....the machine?

— Ben Johnson (@Ben_T_Johnson) November 1, 2019

Twilight of the Gods author Steven Hyden chimed in: "See Rage Against The Machine at the Machine."

See Rage Against The Machine at the Machine. pic.twitter.com/ndeYzIFqVI

— Steven Hyden (@Steven_Hyden) November 1, 2019

YouTuber Dominic B. simply wondered "why would a band like rage against the machine play an event like coachella."

why would a band like rage against the machine play an event like coachella

— dominic b. (@lildom911) November 1, 2019

Forbes mentioned that Rage Against the Machine's choice to tour during an election year seemed like a calculated move to coincide with the band's often-angry political lyrics. Also of note is that all tour dates are in or near border towns. Author Lou Brutus also pointed this out before writing: "It's ON." NFL associate editor Ian Kenyon commented on it, "wooo boy."

Rage Against the Machine reunion tour during the 2020 election cycle.... wooo boy.

— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) November 1, 2019

The Rage Against the Machine tour begins in March in El Paso, Texas.