Prophets of Rage features three members of Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill’s B-Real, and Chuck D and DJ Lord from Public Enemy. They are a band made up of people who speak their mind, and who will not be stopped from delivering their message. Recently, the band was supposed to play a concert in California’s Norco Prison. However, at the last minute, the show was cancelled. This was not nearly enough to stop Prophets of Rage. Instead, the band set up shop outside the prison and played anyway.
“We were denied at the last-minute because apparently they got some calls from right-wing nuts in Sacramento who said they were going to foment rebellion,” said guitarist Tom Morello, formally of Rage Against the Machine. “What we meant to do is come here to play a great show… The barbed wire cannot keep the music out.”
The concert was to be in support of Jail Guitar Doors, a nonprofit organization that provides instruments and guidance to help rehabilitate prisoners. The organization was co-founded by MC5’s Wayne Kramer, who spent time in prison himself. “They didn’t want to see good things happen for what they consider to be bad people, when in truth, they’re just people,” Kramer said, speaking on the cancellation of the concert.
In trying to keep Prophets of Rage down, even more attention was brought to their band and their cause. Nobody even stopped them from playing their concert. No matter the roadblocks, it’s hard to keep these guys quiet.