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Prophets of Rage bring their frustration to Connecticut

August 29, 2016 GMT

UNCASVILLE - When a super group is formed and a band calls itself “Prophets of Rage” one must pause to ponder if the members meant to crown themselves “Profits of Rage” instead.

After all, isn’t that what all super groups are about? The Traveling Wilburys, Oysterhead, Damn Yankees, and Velvet Revolver all made a pretty dime while making some pretty good music after joining forces.

Prophets of Rage — which includes a mishmash of artists from Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill and Public Enemy — was formed earlier this year to act as “an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year (nonsense), and confront it head-on with Marshall stacks blazing.”

At least that’s what Rage lead guitarist Tom Morello told Rolling Stone magazine before the band headed out for its North American “Make America Rage Again” tour, which made a stop on Sunday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

And rage the prophets did.

Rage Against The Machine’s Morello joined bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk as well as Public Enemy’s Chuck D and DJ Lord and Cypress Hill rapper B Real in bringing Prophets of Rage in-your-face music to a feisty if not undersized crowd.

A Sunday show was tough going in as much as high schools are just starting and most college students reported for duty over the weekend.

Those who did show up, though, were treated to an intense evening of intense music, in which the band combined to play covers of each other’s song while throwing in a few new efforts, as well.

AWOLNation opened the night with a set that started slowly, but built momentum.

Once Prophets was scheduled to hit the stage, DJ Lord got the crowd into a bigger frenzy by spinning a bevy of hits from many genders of music, adding his own unique turntable twists.

As the full band hit the stage, they opened with Public Enemy’s “Prophets of Rage” - the impetus for the band’s name).

The night then took off with a resounding rendition of Rage Against the Machine’s “Guerilla Radio” as Chuck D and B Real took turns on lead vocals with Commerford backing them both up.

Midway through the show, the three members of “Rage Against The Machine” left the stage, leaving the rappers to showcase their hip-hop backgrounds, which they did through a melody of songs that included “Insane in the Brain” and “I Ain’t Going Out Like That.”

By the time the full band rejoined the mainstage, the mosh pit was in full (silly) slamming mode and the music just seemed to get louder and more in your face.

While the group never spelled out a viable candidate to get behind, they certainly wondered how the country came to a place where Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump were the best two choices.

“Sleep Now In The Fire” started the post hip-hop spotlight and by the time the Prophets were done, wrapping up a 19-song, nearly two-hour set with “Killing In The Name Of” those in attendance could feel the rage.

For much of the tour, the band had been covering Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad” but that was unfortunately missing from Sunday’s setlist.

Instead, for the first time, the band did perform RATM’s “Calm Like A Bomb” instead.

This isn’t the 1960s, so music is likely not going to affect any social change in a country that seems to be falling apart at the seams, but for two hours at least the “supergroup” Prophets or Rage allowed thousands of their fans to unleash some of that rage with a concert to remember.