Young and Shirtless: Watch Rage Against the Machine’s Early-’90s In-Store Performance
Revisit the days when Zack de la Rocha's hair was short and Tom Morello exposed his nipples
Rage Against the Machine celebrated the 20th anniversary of their landmark 1992 debut last year with XX, a deluxe box set that featured live bonus tracks, exclusive demos, and DVDs packed with concert footage. Now, a longtime fan of the Los Angeles rap-metal rockers has shared another performance from the band’s nascent era on YouTube (via Consequence of Sound).
The 40-minute in-store set — which was filmed on March 29, 1992 at Long Beach’s ZeD Records — features the baby-faced foursome tearing through future classics “Bombtrack,” “Take the Power Back,” “Killing in the Name Of,” and more, all while wedged into the aisle of a good old-fashioned independent record store (Jack White would be proud). Rage may have played this gig more than six months before they unleashed their self-titled LP onto the world, but the “raw wound” at the center of the group’s heart is on full display in this clip. For a look at frontman Zack de la Rocha’s early dreadlock days, watch the entire gig up above.