Rage Against The Machine – Live At Finsbury Park
Whoa, freakin’ eh!! These were the words that came out of my mouth when I put on Rage Against The Machine’s newest Blu-ray disc, “Live At Finsbury Park”, and hit the play button. I was so blown away by their stage energy and presence, it felt like a category 5-hurricane blasting through my hair.
This concert was held in order to compete against the successful X-Factor winner of the Christmas #1 in the British singles charts. The alternative to this was RATM’s “Killing In The Name” as the nominee against the X-Factor single. The band entered this competition to ward off a potential victory by X-Factor XMAS single, and actually won this competition, so as promised by lead singer Zach De la Roche, RATM played the concert for free.
The band created even more awareness by playing this concert to benefit the housing crisis charity, which helped homeowners who were losing their housing to shady mortgage lenders in the UK. This massive outdoor concert in Finsbury Park was organized by a couple of local radio station on-air personalities. This was definitely a very, very, very big outdoor venue for RATM.
Moreover, I’ve personally driven past Finsbury Park when I was on a break in London, and this park is not an ordinary park, it is a huge park with trees and open spaces. Rage Against The Machine filled this place up with a huge crowd, and just seeing the audience go crazy to such cult classics as “Testify”, “Know Your Enemy”, “White Riot”, “Freedom” and the all time great and chart breaker “Killing In The Name” just brought the place down.
Frontman Zack De la Rocha just got the audience all revved up, and it was like one big celebration of sorts with sheer craziness all around.
I’d heard of Rage Against The Machine’s music and “Killing In The Name”, but never got into their music until this DVD, and I am very impressed by the band’s performance and respect for their fans. The whole band was amazing during this concert performance and showed how well they can deliver their auditory goods when their fans are receptive to their highly controversial songs.
I love the fact that RATM were never shy of showing how they felt about the fucked up state of USA and its corrupt institutions and government. If only the idiot politicians had listened to RATM’s music back in the early nineties, the U.S. would’ve been a decent place today. My favorite lyrical passage is from their song “Know Your Enemy”, which has this stand out phrase: “The finger to the land of the chains. What? The land of the free? Whoever told you that is your enemy?” This statement still holds true today, with the corrupt policies and idiosyncrasies, which the United States still adheres to. Man, I wish Rage Against The Machine were still around today because they’d stir even more controversy, probably getting the attention of our fucked up governmental and political institutions.
In the meantime, check out Rage Against The Machine’s “Live At Finsbury Park” and see some of the best live stage energy on display. Excellent. Eagle Vision Sarjoo Devani