Rage Against The Machine To Play Coachella, Confusing Many Young People

Coachella announced Rage Against The Machine as a headliner, and hilarious Internet reactions ensued.

Move over, Billie Eilish and Van Halen. The rock crowd has a new target of ridicule! Music festival goers that have no idea who Rage Against The Machine are!

Coachella’s announcement comes as no surprise to those who’ve been paying attention to the latest Rage reunion. The band published a few dates and cities back in November. The listing included Indio, California – the site of Coachella – on back to back weekends in April. A dead giveaway.

Nonetheless, Rage Against The Machine isn’t exactly top of mind with the young people of today. And we’ll get to that.

In the meantime, enjoy the gallery of hilarious, ignorant tweets collected by Grimy Goods.

WTF Coachella – Who Is Rage Against the Machine???

Let’s put Rage’s cultural relevance in perspective. The last time Rage Against The Machine released an album, today’s 30-year-old was likely 10. Rock music and its fans retain much more of the genre’s history than other popular genres. It’s why I was so on-board with Wolfgang Van Halen’s defense of Billie Eilish. Alienating and ridiculing young people for not knowing rock music isn’t gonna bring them on board any faster.

On the other hand, there are also plenty of folks on social media who know Rage and complain that RATM shouldn’t play Coachella for various reasons. Like ‘woke-ness’ and sellout implications…

Or… what’s the opposite of implication? Oh right… sellout accusations

Thankfully, some people are excited and have a better sense of humor about this whole thing.

Either way, the Coachella kids that check out Rage are in for a treat.

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