Prophets of Rage Play Impromptu Gig Outside Prison Grounds After Last Minute Show Denial
Prophets of Rage will be heard! The all-star band consisting of members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill were ready to take their music to the NorCo State Prison / California Rehabilitation Center as part of a show put on by nonprofit organization Jail Guitar Doors, which provides instruments and opportunities to inmates who've shown progress in their rehabilitation. But at the last minute, the plug was pulled on the performance, but that didn't stop the band from playing. Instead, the group set up their stage just outside the fences of the prison and played a set so that the music would still be heard by the inmates inside.
Even though the band was not able to perform for the prison's inmates, there were still a number of fans who turned up and caught the show outside the grounds. Guitarist Tom Morello told KCAL 9 News (as seen in the report above), "We were denied at the last minute because apparently they got some calls from right-wing nuts in Sacramento who said they were going to foment rebellion."
He explained, "What we meant to do is come here and play a great show." And that's exactly what they did, albeit just outside the prison grounds, but Morello was confident that the music made its way to its intended audience, "The barbed wire cannot keep the music out," stated the guitarist.
The show was put on by the Jail Guitar Doors, founded by musician Wayne Kramer, who himself once spent time behind bars. Kramer stated, "They didn’t want to see good things happen for what they consider to be bad people, when in truth, they’re just people."
Prophets of Rage further commented on their experience in the Facebook post below, and you can also see some fan-shot footage from the performance at the bottom of this post.
Prophets of Rage have a full tour schedule heading into the fall. See where the band is performing here. The group recently released a revamped version of the Public Enemy song "Prophets of Rage" as their new single.
Watch Footage From Prophets of Rage's Performance Outside the NorCo State Prison
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