Later this month, Rage Against the Machine will release a 20th anniversary edition of their self-titled debut album, titled XX . Guitarist Tom Morello says that the band decided to put together the special package as a thank you to their dedicated fan base.
"We are blessed with having perhaps the most passionate fans to ever listen to a bootlegged recording or mosh at a show, so I want to really give them a motherlode of Rage Against the Machine history, past and present," Morello tells Billboard.com .
The guitarist adds that while it “doesn’t feel like 20 years” since the band released their debut effort, he’s happy that their politically-charged music has echoed strongly through the years.
"We're able to take pride in the fact that in the history of rock music there has never been a more popular band with as radical politics as Rage Against the Machine, nor has there been a band with more radical politics than Rage Against the Machine that has been as popular,” explains Morello. “That is the lasting testament to the first shot fired by this album and how it continues to resonate with rebels around the world."
In addition, Morello squashed any circulating rumors that the band are working on a new studio album, declaring that RATM has “no plans beyond” dropping XX .
While we’ll be able to get our hands on XX on November 27, Morello hints that there may be more live CD/DVD sets from the band headed our way in the future.
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