August 23, 2008
Rock Band Offers Political Criticism
The U.S. rock group Rage Against the Machine criticized top global leaders during an appearance at Britain's Reading Festival.
Rage frontman Zack de la Rocha said following his band's performance Friday night that U.S. President George Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair should both face war crime charges for their handling of suspected terrorists, NME.com reported.
The comments from the rocker came after he and his band mates came onto the main festival stage wearing outfits similar to those worn by prisoners at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Donned in matching outfits and wearing bags over their heads, the rockers started their music set with the song "Bombtrack" before going backstage to change into their regular clothes.
After performing several other songs, de la Rocha made his scathing comments about the two global leaders and the band concluded their set and the festival's first day with "Freedom" and "Killing In The Name," NME.com said.