By: Gary Graff
Much ado is being made about...well, very little in the Rage Against The Machine world at the moment.
A comment guitarist Tom Morello made to Rolling Stone magazine -- "Whether or not we ever play music again in any capacity is unknown" -- his fired up speculation that RATM has, in fact, played its last, even though that's not at all what Morello said.
The comment comes as RATM rolls out a 20th anniversary edition of its self-titled debut album, including live tracks, demos and two DVDs of rare footage. Morello told us that RATM has "no plans beyond" the reissue and he acknowledged that the band became a very different animal after the release of that first album:
"It was the record that was made with the most interpersonal solidarity, and it's a record that was made, again, without an expectation of an audience in a way that we just felt, y'know, like just surprised to be making a record. And after the first record that sort of changes the stakes for everything that comes later."
RATM last performed at its own LA Rising festival on July 30, 2011, though bassist Tim Commerford recently teased TMZ that a new band album was "definitely maybe...anything's possible."
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