Backlash Grows Over 'Rage Against The Machine' Performing At Coachella

Iconic rock band 'Rage Against The Machine' has confirmed a string of live shows next year, with two rumoured Coachella gigs coming under fire from fans due to the festival's conservative billionaire owner.

The group made the announcement via their social media accounts early on Saturday, listing dates in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

Their last two shows coincide with the dates for music festival Coachella, which runs over two weekends in Indio, California.

Fans were quick to voice their excitement for the reunion tour on social media, however many shared concerns regarding RATM's potential involvement with Coachella.

RATM headlined the inaugural Coachella festival in 1999, and had their first reunion show there in 2007.

Coachella is now co-owned by conservative Christian billionaire Philip Anschutz, a Donald Trump supporter who has reportedly donated millions to Republican politicians.

The group's powerful brand of protest music was enshrined from their first hit, 1992's "Killing In The Name". It called for a revolution against institutional racism and police brutality.

Rage's shows next year will be the first time frontman Zack de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and Brad Wilk will perform together in nine years.

The group created an official Instagram account on Friday local time to announce their show dates.

RATM was nominated to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame this year, but were beaten out by Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music, the Zombies and the Cure.

The group's U.S. tour dates are as follows, with international dates to be announced:

  • El Paso, Texas: March 26
  • Las Cruces, New Mexico: March 28
  • Phoenix, Arizona: March 30
  • Indio, California: April 10 and 17