Sunday, August 26, 2007

I'm Still Raging!

They still have it! The concert was Friday night, and I'm still trying to recover! Utterly fantastic! I've been to see many, MANY concerts in my life. Small shows and huge stadium concerts and festivals. But the Rage Against the Machine concert had to rank right at the top! The scary thing is, I'm really feeling my age right about now. My ears are still ringing, I think I might possibly have whiplash, I have no voice at all (it's completely GONE), and I'm sore as hell.....but it was worth it.

The show was at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wisconsin. We left about 1, to make sure we didn't have any problems. And it's a good thing too. Alpine Valley is possibly the worst place EVER for a concert. There is one road in and one road out. All well and good, except there were 30,000 others going to the show! We saw license plates from 10 different states! It was raining, and we got soaked and extremely muddy. You have to park in fields. Tons of people got stuck. Then you have to walk over the hills and far away. It was at least a mile hike each way....and that was just to the gates. At least we had pavilion seats, because the lawn seats were mud. I think I still have mud in my hair, my Doc's are trashed and beer was $8 a cup! But it was worth it! Our seats were in the 7th row! Queens of the Stone Age opened and they were great. But when Rage hit the stage, it was wild for almost 2 hours! You would believe it's been 7 years since they played together. Tom Morello is still a genius and Zach de la Rocha is still incredible.

So....I got my wish. I got to see the one band that I missed when they were around the first time. We got home at 5 am....tired, muddy, wet and sore. But I went to sleep with a smile on my face!

The world is my expense
The cost of my desire
Jesus blessed me with its future
And I protect it with fire
So raise your fists and march around
Don't dare take what you need
I'll jail and bury those committed
And smother the rest in greed
Crawl with me into tomorrow
Or i'll drag you to your grave
I'm deep inside your children
They'll betray you in my name
Sleep now in the fire


Chris said...

Awesome! I would kill to see them. I've never had the chance to. Sounds like it was a really fun night ;)

valentina said...

cool!I thought they split up, are they going on tour again?coming to Europe:P?

Nymeth said...

I'm glad to hear you had such a good time. I know what you mean about feeling your age - the same happens to me these days after certain shows. Midway through them I find myself thinking, "I'm getting too old for this", but of course I don't want to stop going.

Stephanie said...

Chris - It was INCREDIBLE! We had a great time! They are playing the Voodoo Festival in NO this year! Go, if you get the chance!

Valentina - Not back togehter that I know of. They got together to play Coachella in CA, this year, and scheduled to play 3 or 4 festivals. Alpine Valley, as far as I know, is the only solo show they are doing. I would LOVE to see them back together again!

Nymeth - It's funny. In my early 20's I could have done that...and then went to work without any sleep. Now, I'm feeling the affects of that night. Still doesn't stop me from going. Not nearly as much as I used to though. This year, I hope to see NIN again....and Ministry is releasing one final album. They are my absolute favorites. And I've seen them live 7 times. Will have to go to just one more show if I can!

Rhinoa said...

RATM are one of the bands I sadly missed the first time around as well. I will check if they are due to come to the UK at all. I am so jealous, they are an amazing band. Their first album is a classic.

jean pierre said...

oh brilliant! i didn't even know they were going to do this!

very, very cool!

which songs did they play?

Matt said...

You may or may not be surprised to learn that there are many concert venues with only one road in and one road out. I'm not sure why this is, but it's pretty ridiculous.

Stephanie said...

Rhinoa - I never got to see them before they broke up. I couldn't believe it when I heard they were at least doing a few reunion shows, and there was one within 4 hours of me!! They were incredible! It's a toss-up to me which is better. The first or The Battle of Los Angeles!

JP - The were so good!! They played it all!! They opened with Tesify, Guerilla Radio, and Sleep Now in the Fire. Killing in the Name and Regades of Funk were the last few songs. What a show!!

Matt - Yeah, I know. But with 30,000 people coming in and out, it was an utter nightmare! There has to be a better way!

valentina said...

oh disappointing. I never got to see them!

Andi said...

I would've loved to be at that show! I'm glad you had a good time!

Shelly @ Bewitched said...

I love RAtM! And I've been feeling my age at concerts for the last 4 years. Last time I even took earplugs so I could hear the next day! And best of all, it didn't even interfere with the music. LOL

Trish said...

It has been YEARS since I've listed to Rage, but once upon a time I loved them. Glad you had such a rockin' time!!

John Mutford said...

I'm tres jealous.

Cereal Girl said...

How lucky you are. I have one Rage CD, Live at the Olympic...

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AussieJeff said...

Hi Steph, my wife was window shopping with me one day and got very excited about a Zach De La Rocha biography. She ummd and ahhhd but eventually decided we couldn't afford it at the time and she'd buy it later. That was around 6-7 years ago and I still haven't managed to sight another copy! Have you heard of it or possibley read it? I don't even know the title unfortunately and since I can't find any mention of it anywhere on the net I fear it may have been an unauthorized bio. Would love to learn of it or any other similar.....Thanks (love the site - best of luck)