Just Announced: Prophets of Rage bring their anti-Trump tour to Toronto

Members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill team up for an anti-Donald Trump presidency tour


Unable to stomach the idea of a Donald Trump presidency, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom MorelloBrad Wilk and Tim Commerford have formed a supergroup with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real to tour North America as a counterpoint to “this mountain of election-year bullshit” currently engulfing the United States.

Prophets of Rage have vowed to kick things off by causing a ruckus at a to-be-announced Cleveland venue on the same day as the Republican National Convention – July 19 – where it’s likely that Trump will be named the GOP presidential nominee. After that, the Prophets take their Make America Rage Again tour on a 35-city trek that hits Toronto on August 24.

They’ll play new material plus songs from all three bands’ catalogues. But fans of Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, be warned: don’t expect the leftist rap-rockers to sing their praises. Instead, the Prophets want to tap into the mood of discontent that Trump and Sanders have brought on both sides of the American political divide.

“The last time Rage Against the Machine played in Los Angeles, we outdrew Trump, Sanders and Clinton by a margin of three to one, so I think the general electorate is ready for our message,” guitarist Morello said in a recent interview with Bloomberg Politics. “What [the public is] being offered up through the tiny funnel of the electoral process is a racist demagogue on the one hand and a great dreamer on the other hand, and in the middle is the lesser of three evils. None of those choices are good enough for us. There needs to be an alternate voice, one that’s unfiltered, uncompromising and stands unapologetically with the people.”

At the Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lake Shore West) on August 24. Doors 6 pm. $30-$99.50. On sale Friday (June 10). ticketmaster.calivenation.com.


Unison Jam: I Mother Earth with Edwin, Raine Maida, James Black, The Trews, Tim Hicks, Tomi Swick, Ascot Royals, Tom Wilson at Phoenix Concert Theatre Unison Benevolent Fund Concert. 8 pm. $24.50, VIP $50. ticketweb.ca. June 16.

NXNE: Birthday Boy, Action, Bedroomer DJs, Sophie Jones, DJ Eck at Velvet Underground Course of Time party. Doors 10 pm. $10. residentadvisor.net. June 17.

Anthony Naples, Membersonly at Bambi’s doors 10 pm. $10. eventbrite.ca. June 17.

Hold The Fort – Givin’ Back To The Mac Toronto Style at Rivoli Benefit show for The Red Cross Alberta’s Fort McMurray fire appeal. 8 pm. $20-$25. eventbrite.com. June 24.

Electric Island: Tale of Us, Ben Klock vs Marcel Dettmann, Apollonia, Honey Dijon, Dirty Dale, Jeff Button, Butrous, Koki Hanlan’s at Point Beach Canada Day Edition, doors 1 pm. $50.85, w/ ferry fee $56.60. electricisland.to. July 1.

Nicole Dollanganger at Smiling Buddha doors 8 pm, all ages. $12.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. July 7.

Feast In The East: Doomsquad, No The Wind Not The Flag, Isla Craig, Pantayo at Prairie Drive Park 5-11 pm, all ages. Free. July 9.

No Neon: Bixel Boys & Hunter Siegel at The Hoxton doors 10 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. July 9.

Baby Cham and Assassin at Sound Academy doors 7 pm. $34-$39.55, VIP $113. ticketmaster.ca. July 10.

Bib, 0 Percent, Moilot, Straight Truth, The Evil Boys at Faith/Void doors 8 pm, all ages. $10. July 15.

InAeona, Ancress at The 300 Club doors 9 pm. $9. rotate.com, ticketfly.com. July 16.

Night Beats at Silver Dollar doors 9 pm. $12.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. July 20.

Beirut at Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 8 pm. $35. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. July 25.

Ne Obliviscaris, Black Crown Initiate, Starkill at Mod Club 7 pm. $20. ticketfly.com. July 27.

Silversun Pickups at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $35-$45. On sale June 10. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, livenation.comticketmaster.ca. July 30.

Peaches, The Hidden Cameras at Massey Hall 8 pm. $18.94-$29.50. masseyhall.com. August 4.

Kyle Craft at Silver Dollar doors 8:30 pm. $11.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. August 8.

Skeletonwitch at Lee’s Palace doors 8 pm. $18.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. August 9.

Camp Wavelength with Cloud Nothings, Operators, Young Galaxy, Odonis Odonis, Jef E Barbara’s Black Space, Bruce Peninsula, Guerilla Toss, LAL, Moss Lime, Brendan Philip, Spek Won, Casper Skulls, Michelle McAdorey, Bart, For Esme, Wolf Saga at Artscape Gibralter Point gates Friday at 5 pm, all ages. $55, camping pass $150, VIP room pass $250.ticketfly.com, campwavelength.com. August 19-21.

Prophets of Rage (Tom Morello, Tim Commeford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real, DJ Lord) at Molson Amphitheatre doors 6 pm, all ages. $30-$99.50. livenation.com. On sale June 10.August 24.

Guitar Wolf at Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $18.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, horseshoetavern.com. September 6.

Sammy Adams at Mod Club doors 7 pm, all ages. $25.95. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comlivenation.comticketmaster.ca. On sale June 10. September 13.

Gold Panda at Mod Club doors 8 pm. $16. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. September 14.

Blind Pilot at Adelaide Hall doors 8 pm. $20.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. On sale June 10. September 14.

Angel Olsen at Mod Club doors 6:30 pm. $20. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. September 24.

Liima at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $25. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. On sale June 10. September 28.

Built To Spill, Alex G at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $35-$45. ticketmaster.ca. September 30.

Levellers at Opera House doors 8 pm. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, livenation.comticketmaster.ca. On sale June 10. September 30.

James Blake at Massey Hall doors 8 pm, all ages. masseyhall.com. $42 & up. October 7.

Kongos at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $27-$32. ticketmaster.ca. On sale June 10. October 9.

Sticky Fingers at Opera House doors 8 pm. $20. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. October 20.

Dream Serenade With Hayden, Christie Greyerbiehl and others at Massey Hall Benefit concert for Toronto Beverley St School, 8 pm. $25-$100. masseyhall.com. October 22.

Temples at Lee’s Palace doors 8 pm. $22.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. October 24.

Primal Scream at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. ticketmaster.ca. November 4.

Joe Bonamassa at Sony Centre 8 pm. $79-$150. ticketmaster.ca. November 16.

Basia Bulat at Danforth Music Hall doors 7:30 pm. $19.50-$29.50. ticketmaster.ca. November 26.

Lukas Graham at Sound Academy doors 7 pm, all ages. $29.95. ticketmaster.ca. January 25, 2017.

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