Mississauga concert-goer records security tackle Rage Against the Machine guitarist in Toronto |


By Liam McConnell

Published on July 26, 2022 at 7:37 p.m

Security at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena had the wrong man on last night as they targeted the talent rather than a fan who had climbed onto the stage.

In a video recorded by Mississauga bassist Frank Cusenza, viewers can see how the band will kick off their hit kill in the name from her debut album of the same name. This song, which addresses racism and police brutality, is one of Rage’s biggest hits, charting in numerous countries.

One fan was particularly excited to hear this iconic opening riff. As the crowd erupted and yelled the opening lines, a man in red charged over a barrier and held back the crowd, who filled the packed arena.

Next he ran through an open gap area for the staff and climbed onto the far left of the stage, squarely towards guitarist Tom Morello, known as one of the greatest players to pick up the instrument.

A security guard is then seen rushing out from backstage to intercept the wannabe crowd surfer. The fan leaps past Morello while the guard leaps into a tackle and collides with the guitarist instead of the fan.

The impact knocks Morello to the right of the stage landing in the audience pit. Meanwhile, the fan jumps forward onto the stage and tries to hop back into the crowd. However, security holds on as the video cuts off.

Morello reportedly jumped back onto the stage, said “Let’s go,” and the band restarted the song. While the guitarist didn’t mention the incident in a later tweet celebrating the concert, he did say, “Hell can’t stop us now.”

Rage Against the Machine (RAtM) are in the middle of their reunion tour after an eight-year hiatus. The rap metal fusion band formed in 1991 and released some of the most critically acclaimed records of the decade including anger against the machine (1992), Evil Empire (1996) and The Battle of Los Angeles (1999).

RAtM is known for their musical ingenuity, socially conscious lyrics and influence on the music industry, which have inspired scores of nu metal acts over the past 30 years. The defunct following a cover album renegades (2000).

Rapper Zack de la Rocha launched a solo career and the instrumentalists; namely Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk, formed Audioslave with Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell.

After a brief reunion between 2007 and 2011, the band broke up again. This time the band’s instrumental side has teamed up with Chuck D and DJ Lord of Public Enemy as Prophets of Rage.

This band released an EP and a full album but broke up in 2019. RAtM reunited a second time shortly after and embarked on a reunion tour. Originally planned for 2019, then 2020, then 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The world tour eventually kicked off on July 9 and will continue through April 2023 with several more Canadian performances. They’re touring with hip-hop act Run the Jewels, who are also known for their imaginative musicianship and socially conscious lyrics.

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