Prophets of Rage and Friends Announce Anti Inaugural Ball



Set Plans To Make Inauguration Day Rage

Special Guest Performance With Chris Cornell Marks First Audioslave Set in 11 Years. Additional Special Guests Include Vic Mensa, Jackson Browne, Jack Black & The Los Angeles Freedom Choir.

“These guys sounded like a revolution in the making” — LA TIMES

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LOS ANGELES, CA (January 17, 2017) – In what the LA Times headlined simply as “REVOLUTIONARY” in their earliest performances, the band that was assembled as a politically-charged response to 2016’s tumultuous election year, shows no signs of stopping just because the election is over.  After a sweeping cross country “Make America Rage Again” tour, PROPHETS OF RAGE will bring the rage to Inauguration Day with a special ANTI INAUGURAL BALL concert on Friday, January 20th at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. For the first time in 11 years, Audioslave will perform with Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk. Special guests Vic Mensa, Jackson Browne and Jack Black are also set to appear. The full show will be livestreamed on the band’s Facebook page to allow for participation from fans all across the globe.

In a reflection of these artists’ long tradition of protesting the establishment, this date marks the 20th anniversary of Radio Free Los Angeles, a protest concert that members of Rage Against the Machine held at President Clinton’s Inauguration Day. 

Tickets will go on-sale today at 5pm PT HERE.

A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).

“The Anti-Inaugural Ball is a celebration of resistance. Resistance to racism. Resistance to sexism. Resistance to homophobia. Resistance to bullying. Resistance to environmental devastation.  Resistance to fascism. Resistance to Donald Trump. We are staring down the barrel of a dystopian nightmare unless we act NOW, unless we fight back NOW. We intend to create “No Trump Zones” across the country; in our homes, our schools, our places of work, and our concert stages. Bad Presidents make for great music. Join us as we get loud and stand together to defend our rights, our country, and our planet,” said Tom Morello.

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PROPHETS OF RAGE features TOM MORELLO, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ LORD and combines the sonic firepower of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill.  Following sold-out shows at The Whisky and The Hollywood Palladium last year that had thousands of hopeful fans lined up for tickets and had the social media world abuzz, the group embarked on a national 35+ city North American tour, with a portion of the proceeds from those shows benefitting local homeless charities. In 2017, the group will continue to tour, bringing their show to Mexico, South America and Europe.

Multi-platinum supergroup Audioslave first came together at the turn of the millennium.  Featuring Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell plus Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine, they went on to release three massively successful albums, earned three Grammy nominations, sold more than eight million records worldwide,  and toured stadiums around the world to wide acclaim.  In 2005 they became the first American rock group to perform an open-air concert in Castro’s Cuba to a 50,000-strong crowd.

At the age of 21, Vic Mensa has already established himself as an integral part of Chicago culture, first co-founding the SAVEMONEY collective and releasing two mixtapes in two years and now as a solo artist signed with the Roc Nation family. His debut mixtape ‘Straight Up’ in 2010, followed by 2013’s ‘INNANETAPE’, brought Mensa’s solo work to a new and larger audience. In addition, The Chicago native’s critically acclaimed 2nd project helped earn him a top spot on XXL Magazine’s 2014 freshman class. After closing out 2013 with US dates on the J. Cole and Wale “What Dreams May Come” tour and a European tour with Danny Brown, Mensa released his biggest single to date; 2014’s “Down On My Luck.” In 2015, Vic Mensa will release new music and thus far has collaborated with Kanye West and Sia on “Wolves” – the first track on Kanye West’s upcoming album ‘So Help Me God’. Vic Mensa’s live performances to date include Wireless Festival, The Governors Ball Festival, the Emmy Award-winning comedy show Saturday Night Live and the 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival.

Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007. Browne is known for his advocacy on behalf of the environment, human rights, and arts education.

Jack Black is an old school song and dance man who will next be seen in The Polka King, a film he both produced and starred in that will premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. He will also be seen alongside Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Nick Jonas in Jumanji, set for release this December. Black’s previous film credits include Goosebumps, Bernie, Tropic Thunder, School of Rock, Nacho Libre, King Kong and DreamWorks Animations’ smash franchise Kung Fu Panda. Black also continues to tour both domestically and internationally as the lead singer of the rock-folk comedy group Tenacious D, which he created with longtime friend and collaborator Kyle Gass. He also wrote this bio.