After apologizing to fans who were booted off of Napster for downloading their new album, Renegades
, Rage Against the Machine have offered an olive branch in the form of fifteen downloadable MP3 files on their Web site (www.ratm.com
The band has also made available eight streaming video clips of some of their live performances on the festival circuit this year, including performances from Sweden, Greece and Finland.
Four of the fifteen songs were recorded on the band's final tour with Zack de la Rocha, as well as a pair from this year's Reading Festival. The remainder are instrumentals of tracks from Renegades
. In a message to fans, Tom Morello wrote, "As you may have heard by now, Rage Against the Machine's management company told Sony to ban a number of Napster users last week because they had downloaded Rage songs from the Renegades
album. While we were not aware of this plan to deprive our fans of our music, once we were made aware of the situation, we started taking steps to correct it. We want to apologize to our fans and it is important to us to make it right. We'd like to thank all of you for your patience in this matter, and to express our thanks, we have made all of this exclusive Rage audio and video available to you for free here on our website. Enjoy."
In other Rage news, the band's fiery performance at last year's anti-World Trade Organizations protests in Seattle has been captured in This Is What Democracy Looks Like
, a documentary narrated by Spearhead's Michael Franti and Susan Sarandon. The film captures speeches by activists involved in the protest, as well as footage of protesters being gassed, beaten and arrested as Seattle's mayor and police department stepped in on the demonstration.
Written by JAAN UHELSZKI for RollingStone.com News