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Why Are Rage Against the Machine Really Getting Back Together?

Rolling Stone Music Now podcast looks at the latest batch of rock reunions

Rage Against The Machine, portrait, Pinkpop, Landgraaf, Netherlands, 27th May 1996. (Photo by Niels van Iperen/Getty Images)Rage Against The Machine, portrait, Pinkpop, Landgraaf, Netherlands, 27th May 1996. (Photo by Niels van Iperen/Getty Images)

Rage Against The Machine, 1996

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In a new episode of our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast, Brittany Spanos and Andy Greene join host Brian Hiatt for a discussion of a trio of just-announced band reunions: Rage Against the Machine, My Chemical Romance, and the Black Crowes. They spend a good portion of the episode debating the real reasons behind Rage’s reunion – is it just a nostalgia play, or are they drawn by the irresistible symbolism of a key election year? After trying to understand how Chris and Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes overcame their animus, the panel goes on to discuss the importance of My Chemical Romance, and plays audio from Rolling Stone’s last interview with that band.

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