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Rage Against the Machine Schedule Show Near Republican Convention

August 5, 2008 9:00 AM ET

Following their near-riot-inducing performance at this weekend's Lollapalooza, Rage Against the Machine have scheduled another concert they probably hope has similar results. The band announced that they'll perform in Minneapolis' Target Center on September 3rd, which is significant because that's the same week the Republican National Convention rolls into the Twin City of St. Paul. In 2000, the band played an outdoor show in Los Angeles during the Democratic National Convention, and that show ended with police using tear gas and pepper spray. In the announcement of the Minneapolis show, Rage made no mention of the political overtones their show will carry, but Tom Morello has already revealed he will play a union rally with Steve Earle in St. Paul on September 1st, the first day of the RNC. Protest isn't free, though: tickets for Rage's show in Prince's hometown are $60 and go on sale Saturday.

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