Rage Against the Machine Played 9 Songs on Zach's Birthday 1996

Rage Against the Machine vocalist and activist Zach de la Rocha turns 51-years-old today, January 12th.
Had the pandemic not happened, we would've got to enjoy a RATM reunion tour this past year, but alas we continue to wait for the day we can meet in the pit again. In honor of de la Rocha's birthday and his legacy in RATM, we're using the powers of nostalgia to look back on a hallmark moment in the band's touring history - when they performed a concert on de la Rocha's 26th birthday, this very day, in 1996.
The band was on their massive Evil Empire Tour in support of their eponymous sophomore album, and they were on the other side of the world in Wellington New Zealand to perform at Wellington Town Hall. The setlist boasted 9 songs, just a few songs short of the tour's 12-song average setlist. It featured four songs off EE and four off their self-titled debut.
They opened with "Bulls on Parade," marking this show as one of only 7 concerts which saw this track as the opener; it was also the tour's most performed song. The set featured one very rare track that has only been performed 12 times to date - "Zapata's Blood."
Other rarities in the set included "Vietnow" and "Tire Me," both off EE. The set ended on two songs off the self-titled - "Killing in the Name" and "Freedom." Check out all 9 songs in the setlist, below!
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A few weeks later Rage performed at Australia's iconic music festival Big Day Out. Watch a clip from that here:

Happy Birthday Zach!
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Last updated: 21 Jan 2021, 04:37 Etc/UTC