While Zack de la Rocha won’t be joining his Rage Against the Machineband mates in Prophets of Rage, he does have something of his own in the works.
“I know he’s making a record right now,” drummer Brad Wilk tells Rolling Stone. Rumors of a de la Rocha solo album have been floating around since Rage first broke up in 2000.
“I have nothing but love and respect for him,” Wilk continues. “I hope he’s doing well and creating the record that I think he’s making.”
Prophets of Rage features three-fourths of Rage Against the Machine: Wilk, guitarist Tom Morello and bassistTim Commerford. According to Commerford, the new project did receive de la Rocha’s “blessing.”
“We’re a family and there’s support across the board,” says Commerford. “I support him and everything he does, and vice versa. I’ve definitely been keeping him in the know.”
With de la Rocha not involved with Prophets of Rage, vocal duties will be handled by rappers Chuck D and B-Real.
“You’re never going to replace Zack, and we aren’t trying to do that,” says Commerford. “He’s a unique artist and showman. It’s going to take people that I know he looks up to and that he idolizes and that he’s inspired by. We’re going to plug them in and see what they can do with these songs, because at the end of the day it’s all about the songs.”
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