Although all four members of Rage Against the Machine were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you wouldn’t know it from casually observing Friday night’s induction ceremony.
Guitarist Tom Morello was the only member of the band who showed up at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn – which isn’t to say the others weren’t there in spirit.
“I am deeply grateful for the musical chemistry I’ve had the good fortune to share with Brad Wilk, Tim Commerford and Zach De La Rocha,” the 59-year-old Morello said in his acceptance speech. “Like most bands, we have differing perspectives on a lot of things, including about being inducted into the Rock Hall. The reason we are here and the best way to celebrate this music is for you to carry on that mission and that message. The lesson I’ve learned from Rage fans is that music can change the world daily.”
Rage Against the Machine’s induction came after the band appeared on six previous ballots.
In terms of Rock Hall inductions, what band is the most overlooked?