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Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
     

Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium

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by Rage Against the Machine
 

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Initially intended to serve as a between-albums fan-pleaser, this posthumously released concert set ended up being an epitaph for one of the most incendiary bands of the '90s. Recorded over the course of what were to be Rage's final two performances in September 2000, Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium seethes with the political intensity that inevitably

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Initially intended to serve as a between-albums fan-pleaser, this posthumously released concert set ended up being an epitaph for one of the most incendiary bands of the '90s. Recorded over the course of what were to be Rage's final two performances in September 2000, Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium seethes with the political intensity that inevitably accompanied Zach de la Rocha and company onstage -- as evidenced by passionate renditions of songs like "Bulls on Parade" and "Killing in the Name." It also airs the band's knowledge of its roots, which spread wide enough to include old-school rap (their cover of Eric B. and Rakim's "Microphone Fiend") and old-school new wave (Devo's "Beautiful World"). The quartet's most obvious forebear -- the MC5, that is -- get props as well, in a set-opening version of the revolutionary anthem "Kick Out the Jams." Although equipped with one of the longest fuses imaginable, Rage Against the Machine were bound to explode at some point; fortunately, they left an indelible impression of that conflagration behind.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium documents the last two shows from Rage Against the Machine, recorded in September 2000 for a planned November release, but canceled when the band broke up, and postponed for the second time one year later after three-fourths of the band formed Audioslave with Chris Cornell. Featuring highlights from the two shows, recorded September 12th and 13th, this delayed version of Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium also downplays the cover material that comprised the band's last studio album, Renegades, which is a good thing for the fans who agree that Rage performed better with originals than covers. Early on, the band storms through three of its career highlights -- "Killing in the Name," "Bulls on Parade," and "Bullet in the Head" -- with intense performances that capture its combination of heavy metal strut and punk rock disdain.
Spin Magazine - Will Hermes
Live reminds us just how much we could use Rage right now. To paraphrase "Know Your Enemy": Their anger was a gift.
Blender - Jonah Weiner
Packs the fist-throwing, righteous thrill of a campus demonstration.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/2003
Label:
Epic Europe
UPC:
5099750954423
catalogNumber:
5095442
Rank:
47826

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rage Against the Machine   Primary Artist
Zack de la Rocha   Vocals
Tom Morello   Guitar
Tim Commerford   Bass
Brad Wilk   Drums

Technical Credits

Rob Tyner   Composer
Wayne Kramer   Composer
Zack de la Rocha   Composer
Tom Morello   Composer
Rick Rubin   Producer
David Schiffman   Engineer
Erick Sermon   Composer
Fred "Sonic" Smith   Composer
Parrish Smith   Composer
Dennis Thompson   Composer
Tim Commerford   Composer
Brad Wilk   Composer
Dennis Tomich   Composer
Robert Derminer   Composer
Michael Davis   Composer
Dave Bianco   Engineer

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Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a good rage cd. i love this band. oh well they broke up. they rocked though! never made a bad cd and thats somthing rare in a band. even rarer is they never made a bad song! jeez this band really kicked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome CD, just because a band releases a live album doesn't mean they are after more profit! Maybe some people actually like live recordings. It shows whether the band is a good band or a great band. This is a great album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Funny how the "anti-capitalists" are capitalizing on their LIVE!!! albums.