Wednesday, June 6th 2012
News: Rage Against The Machine
Started almost a year ago, Jimmy Page‘s On This Day series has proven to be a nice collection of anecdotes from the Led Zeppelin guitarist. Every day, Mr. Page’s twitter account posts about something that he did years ago on that same date, linking to his official site, which then shows a short description and a picture/video of whatever event that occurred. While the entries are usually (and predictably) centered around Led Zeppelin events, today’s recollection finds Mr. Page sharing some nice words about Rage Against The Machine‘s 2010 gig at London’s Finsbury Park, and their Christmas 2009 chart-topping success.
Jimmy Page wrote: “This concert was a thank you to Rage Against The Machine’s UK fans who, through a canny Facebook campaign, had kept the X Factor record off the Number 1 spot by getting ‘Killing In the Name‘ to the UK Christmas Number 1 in 2009. This band generated energy so intense that you could cut it with a chainsaw. This was a hardcore concert and I left with a renewed respect for the band who are: Zack de la Rocha (vocals), Tom Morello (guitar), Tim Commerford (bass) and Brad Wilk on drums.”
The On This Day entry also contained a great video which shows Rage Against The Machine’s own description of their X-Factor takeover:
While it’s easy to skeptically look at that event as pointless bickering over musical tastes, it was great to see an old classic triumph over a forgettable trend.
Check out Jimmy Page’s previous On This Day entries at this Tumblr.