Zack De La Rocha's Solo Album

Rage Against The Machine's Zack De La Rocha Completes Solo Album

Zack de la Rocha - RATM :: 07.28 :: Randall's Island
Zack De La Rocha has completed work on his first solo album. The Rage Against The Machine vocalist has been working on the album since he left the band in 2000. There has been no release date or title announced, but De La Rocha worked with former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore on the project.

Billboard.com is reporting that the album will feature De La Rocha playing keys and that the sound is a mix of "Led Zeppelin and Dr. Dre. Some of it has the power you'd expect from him in Rage."

Since leaving RATM, De La Rocha has recorded tracks with Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, DJ Shadow and the Roots' ?uestlove, but it is not known if any of this material will appear on the album.

Rage Against The Machine reunited earlier this year to co-headline Coachella and has played a handful of gigs since. The only shows left on the band's itinerary are in late October at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans and the Vegoose festival in Las Vegas.

[Published on: 9/18/07]

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RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/18/2007 12:29PM
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dudeski3 Tue 9/18/2007 12:47PM
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dudeski3

This will most likely be a very stellar album.

Road To Shambala Tue 9/18/2007 01:05PM
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Road To Shambala

GREAT MUSICAL SPOKESPERSON? Did he win the title over Bono and Kanye West? Was there really stiff competition. Zach grew up a privileged kid in a very nice community and has no 1st hand knowledge of struggle.

Wearing a Leonard Peltier t-shirt on stage while you make millions of dollars does not make you a great political spokesperson, you need a cable news show to reach that status. Don't get me wrong, I have dug RATM since their inception but his rantings, support of Mumia Abu Jamal and the stunt where they didn't play at a show in Philly to protest the PMRC doesn't sit well with me. Pay me a million dollars and I'll take up any cause you want on stage.

johnnygoff starstarstar Tue 9/18/2007 01:23PM
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johnnygoff

boknows-----phewwww...that is some great stuff you wrote above man. Zach as a musician --- Awesome! His privilege allowing him an audience to listen to his views (some I agree with, some I don't) is where Zach is an influential person. Despite never coming right out and acknowleding his privilege in life, I applaud him for using it to exclaim his protest rather than ranting about bling, ho's, dubs, benjamins, champagne, armani, etc... CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS ALBUM!

Road To Shambala Tue 9/18/2007 01:29PM
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Road To Shambala

Who can disagree with THE GOFF, not me.

birkenjam starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/18/2007 01:33PM
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if it took 8 years and hes willing to put his name on it, chances are its going to be a beast

kirkbrew Tue 9/18/2007 02:32PM
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kirkbrew

I’m pretty much with Bo. Boner has probably effected more actual change than the hardcore lefties of Zach and Morello (who also grew up pretty upper-middle-class like Mark, Trotsky and Lenin). Not like I don’t agree with much of the message of RATM (save for their support of Jamal and Peltier – murders who deserve jail time – but not the death sentence), but you make the greatest impact when you get on the inside. Boner has been effective since he has the ears of policy makers. RATM can rile up the leftie crowd, but in the end they are preaching to the choir. They assured themselves a place on the outside when their bass player pulled that stupid stunt at the MTV awards. Still going to give the record a listen.

canoftunapudding Tue 9/18/2007 02:50PM
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Just becuase he doesn't sing about bling, ho's, dubs, benjamins, champagne, and armani doesnt mean that he has to sing about radical politics and oppression (especially if he has never experienced TRUE political oppression). Its not like he had the choice to EITHER write about politics OR "makin it rain." I used to dig rage but now I know how rediculous their message is. The music is awesome but their battlecry is targeted to pissed-off youth.

jambeatnik Tue 9/18/2007 03:57PM
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jambeatnik

I'm pumped... Theodore is my favorite drummer out there and i'm sure he created some tight bonhamesque beats... this will be a very interesting album at the very least!

FinDPloyK Tue 9/18/2007 04:00PM
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it will be worth checking into... the mars volta drummer is pretty good.... no doubt....

FinDPloyK Tue 9/18/2007 04:00PM
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hes no russo though!!!

bigfro Tue 9/18/2007 05:28PM
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bigfro

Who?

gOdWesSaTaN Tue 9/18/2007 05:39PM
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gOdWesSaTaN

fuck a solo album i mean i want to here it but i want a new rage album and a full tour.

Cburger07 starstarstarstar Tue 9/18/2007 06:45PM
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Hell yeah...i totally agree with that wess...a new album would be sick...hell if they just went on a full tour id be happy

bigfro Wed 9/19/2007 04:21AM
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bigfro

Great Fro

mhammond1 Wed 9/19/2007 05:50AM
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Do you have to grow up poor/oppressed to act or speak against it?

Certainly it gives you more credibility, but I don't think it is a requirement.

scj471 starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/19/2007 06:47AM
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it's pretty ignorant to discredit someone's point of view on social and political issues purely because they didn't suffer growing up. history holds a lot of examples of people who came from comfortable backgrounds to call bs and inspire change among the masses. not saying zach de la rocha is necessarily like buddha, but you get my drift.

bigfro Wed 9/19/2007 07:41AM
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bigfro

That rage guitar player love long jams...

Road To Shambala Wed 9/19/2007 08:08AM
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Road To Shambala

For the love of Nuno Bettancourt please don't take this to the Extreme. I didn't discredit anyone just stated a few facts and my opinion on Zach as a "great musical political spokeperson". Lights Out Guerilla Radio People!!!

kirkbrew Wed 9/19/2007 08:35AM
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scj471 - I agree with you on that. It is just interesting that a vast majority of the world's communist leaders came from middle/upper income families (Engles and Castro probably being the only exceptions). Rage have a great message. I think that they could go about it in a less radical way. They defiantly come from an extreme point of view and put their message across in more of a Che/Malcom X way than MLK. Boner, on the other hand, is a student of MLK and works with Christ in his heart (what do you folks thing I Will Follow is about???). There is a difference in approach and significantly different results. Boner gets it, RATM don’t. I hope they do come about and become more effective.

wessew - People probably said the same thing about McCartney, Lennon and Harrison solo efforts after the Beatles. No way that RATM are in the same ball park (or zip code for that matter).

canoftunapudding - There are pissed off youth out there? Never noticed. Hard to be pissed off when you are at the mall with a big ass Mrs. Fields cookie in your hand. Wish kids would be more pissed off. It is their friends who will get the all expenses paid vacations in the hell-holes and come home in body bags. But who cares – gas is cheap and there is a sale at the Gap!!!

Bo - Had to Wiki your Nuno reference. The fewer references to Extreme the better! :)

happydestiny Wed 9/19/2007 11:31AM
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happydestiny

finally a message board with only well thought out opinions and posts thank you all

Climb To Safety Wed 9/19/2007 03:48PM
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Are you referring to Aaron Russo? If so, I agree with you. Zach is no where near as influential (at least to me) as Aaron Russo. With that said, I will still give the album a listen, even though Rage has not been that important of a band to me since high school (over 6 years ago).

jambeatnik Wed 9/19/2007 09:34PM
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jambeatnik

NOOOOO JOE RUSSO... anyways, I'd love a RATM reunion... WITHOUT BRAD WILK.. I've always thought he was the weak link in the band and his drumming is generic.....Theodore with Morello Timmy C and ZDLR would be an unstoppable

bigfro Thu 9/20/2007 03:52AM
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bigfro

Poor neighborhoods have crime too.

sbruce44 Mon 9/24/2007 11:28AM
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sbruce44

The problem with Rage has nothing to do with ZDLR's upbringing or Tom Morello's or anyone else's; it has to do with the hypocrisy in their message. Though Rage is an amzaing sound that will never be duplicated, its hard for them to credibly endorse communism and revolution while making millions of dollars through the machine that they are raging against. That being said, Zach De La Rocha is a nasty lyricist and his voice is unparalleled - this album will be the shit.

Also, I agree about Brad Wilk