Fans have speculated regarding Rage Against The Machine’s possible performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2023. One of the fans on Reddit noted that it doesn’t look like they’ll perform at the venue. However:
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For the first time in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame history, the Induction Ceremony will be streamed LIVE on Nov. 3 on Disney+. Inductees Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, Chaka Khan, and Willie Nelson will perform, as well as special guests Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews, 1994 Inductee Elton John, H.E.R., Chris Stapleton, St. Vincent, New Edition, and more to be announced.”
One fan replied: “Anybody surprised RATM doesn’t wanna play to a crowd of rich executives in tuxes might’ve missed a message or two”
Second fan wrote: “Agreed, and yet… isn’t that exactly why they should play? There will never again be such an opportunity for them to actually rage against the machine more directly.”
Third one wrote: “Not that surprised, except that Tom is part of the HOF nominating committee so he’s not totally against the institution. But the opposition might be from someone else in the band”
The performer category boasts a stacked lineup of inductees gaining entrance: Kate Bush, the art rock cult fave whose idiosyncratic and undersung impact was propelled into the mainstream by an inescapable Stranger Things sync in 2022; Sheryl Crow, the rootsy yet polished hitmaker who draws on rock, folk, country and pop; Missy Elliott, the forward-thinking hip-hop mastermind behind a string of mind-bending classic albums; George Michael, the blue-eyed soul pop king who died in 2016; Willie Nelson, an outlaw country exemplar turned beloved elder statesman; Rage Against the Machine, a politically motivated rap-rock firebrand force; and The Spinners, a long-running vocal group who achieved their greatest success as a smooth soul outfit in the ‘70s.
The Rock Hall’s Class of 2023 sees four of the seven performer inductees gaining entrance on their first nomination: Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, George Michael and Willie Nelson; of those four, Elliott was the only artist eligible for the first time in 2023.