Some 60,000 fans crowded Los Angeles' famed Coliseum on Saturday for L.A. Rising, the nine-hour festival headlined and curated by Rage Against the Machine the band's only scheduled concert this year.
The day was packed with a musically diverse spectrum of agitprop provocateurs, including the George Orwell-channeling Muse, PETA-propping punkers Rise Against, and the generally free-range Ms. Lauryn Hill. Up in the nosebleeds, one fan sparked a joint as he asked his buddy, "How many pounds of weed you think made it in here?" "Hundreds." Pause. "I'm surprised one of the Marleys isn't playing." "Nah man, this is like, get-mad-and-break-stuff revolutionary." written by Chris Martins
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