Prophets of Rage came about because of the toxicity of the presidential election this year. The band who consists of members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy & Cypress Hill.
First up was Wakrat who is fronted by Tim Commerford (bassist for Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and Prophets of Rage). Wakrat’s influences are all over the place from punk and hardcore to jazz and alt-rock. Lighting was a mix of natural and stage lighting as the sun was setting.
Lighting for AWALNATION was a little rough for the first song but over the course of the three songs became manageable. I did have to make a few of them into black and white due to being blown out from harsh red and pink lights.
Prophets of Rage started the night with a fifteen minute DJ set by DJ Lord. The band came on a nearly dark stage with a fist raised in the air before lights came on and the band kicked into their first radio single Prophets of Rage. You could not have asked for better light as far as photography goes. Tom Morello really played it up for the photographers too posing and looking at the camera while being photographed. The band proceeded to play a mix of mostly Rage Against the Machine songs with a few Public Enemy songs mixed in. About two thirds into the set everyone left the stage except B-Real and Chuck D who rapped a mix of Public Enemy and Cypress Hill songs down in front of the crowd. The band had a special guest in Tim McIlrath of Rise Against come out for a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s The Ghost of Tom Joad (with Aaron Bruno of AWOLNATION), Know Your Enemy, and the MC5’s Kick Out the Jams.
Canon 5D Mark III
Modified Kodak Medalist with a Carl Zeiss 80mm 2.8 attached
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM