Last week Rage Against The Machine announced they will be playing the Hollywood Palladium Friday as a benefit show with all proceeds going to Arizona organizations fighting the pending Arizona law SB 1070. This Friday’s concert is the only scheduled North American appearance by the band and is the first time Rage Against The Machine have played Los Angeles in 10 years. Needless to say, the show sold out in minutes and singer/front-man Zach De La Rocha expects the event to raise over $300,000 to fight the pending law. Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band will also perform tomorrow.
SoundStrike participant and Rage vocalist Zack de la Rocha said, “SB 1070 if enacted would legalize racial profiling in Arizona. This law runs counter to music’s essential purpose, which is to unite people and not divide them. We want to thank the artists of conscious that have joined the Soundstrike throughout the world who use their role as artists to stand for civil and human rights.”
SoundStrike has been posting bands to join to Boycott:
NEW ARTISTS JOIN THE SOUND STRIKE!!
NINE INCH NAILS • CHRIS ROCK • MAROON 5 • GOGOL BORDELLO • MY MORNING JACKET • BEN HARPER • RY COODER • PITBULL • STEVE EARLE • BILLY BRAGG • SWEET HONEY AND THE ROCK • ANTI-FLAG • THROWING MUSES • STATE RADIO • AZTLAN UNDERGROUND • DJ SPOOKY
…AND HAVE JOINED:
CYPRESS HILL • JUANES • CONOR OBERST • LOS TIGRES DEL NORTE • RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE • CAFE TACVBA • MICHAEL MOORE • KANYE WEST • CALLE 13 • JOE SATRIANI • SERJ TANKIAN • RISE AGAINST • OZOMATLI • SABERTOOTH TIGER • MASSIVE ATTACK • ONE DAY AS A LION • STREET SWEEPER SOCIAL CLUB • SPANK ROCK • SONIC YOUTH • TENACIOUS D • THE COUP
Not everyone is getting on board.
Reuters reports that acts Lady Gaga, Stone Temple Pilots, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Brad Paisley and KISS are ignoring the boycott, and going ahead with planned shows in the now-controversial state.
CHECK OUT THESE VIDEOS ABOUT THE ARIZONA BOYCOTT:
TOM MORELLO AT A PRESS CONFERENCE JULY 21, 2010
SEE WHAT ZACH DE LE ROCHA HAS TO SAY ABOUT SB 1070
SEE WHAT TOM MORELLO HAS TO SAY ABOUT SB 1070
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