Rumors that Rage Against the Machine could reunite at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival were circulating in mid-January 2007, and were confirmed on January 22. The band was confirmed to be headlining the final day of Coachella 2007. The reunion was described by Morello as primarily being a vehicle to voice the band's opposition to the "right-wing purgatory" the United States has "slid into" under the George W. Bush administration since RATM's dissolution.
On April 14, 2007, Morello and de la Rocha reunited onstage early to perform a brief acoustic set at a Coalition of Immokalee Workers rally in downtown Chicago. Morello described the event as "very exciting for everybody in the room, myself included." This was followed by the scheduled Coachella performance on Sunday, April 29 where the band staged a much anticipated performance to the largest crowds of the festival. This was originally thought of as a one-off show, which later turned out to be untrue. The band later played four shows in the Hip Hop festival Rock the Bells with the Wu Tang Clan, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, and later an additional night in New York City after the first night sold out in twenty minutes. Rage also played their first (non-festival) concert in 7 years at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, Wisconsin, supported by Queens of the Stone Age in August 2007. The band played co-headlining spots at New Orleans' Voodoo Music Experience in late October and the Vegoose Festival in Las Vegas. These shows were the last performances by the band in 2007.
On January 18, 2008, the band played their first show outside of the US since their reunion in Auckland, New Zealand as part of the Big Day Out festival series. The band also played 7 shows in Australia including 2 headlining shows in Melbourne and Sydney. The band has since continued to tour around the world, headlining many large festivals in Europe and the United States, including Lollapalooza in Chicago. In 2008 the band also played shows in Denver, Colorado and St. Paul, Minnesota; the locations of the Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention, respectively.
In December 2008, PremierGuitar.com conducted an interview with Tom Morello and when asked about his plans for 2009 he replied:
"Well, I know for sure that I'll be doing a lot of Nightwatchman dates in the coming year and continuing the Axis of Justice organization that I run with Serj Tankian. I got a pretty large cache of Nightwatchman songs that I haven't released yet so I'll definitely continue writing and recording. Also, I had a great time playing Rage Against the Machine shows over the course of the year and half and I have no doubt that we'll continue to do more of those in the future."
In 2009, Morello also went on to work with his nonprofit, Axis of Justice.
Another leg was added for Europe in 2010. The leg included dates at indoor arenas, and outdoor festivals. The band also headlined the Download Festival at Donington Park, on June 12. On July 23, Rage performed at a benefit concert at the Hollywood Palladium theater in their hometown of Los Angeles, California to protest against the Arizona SB 1070 law. It was their first U.S. show in 2 years and according to guitarist Tom Morello it will be their only show in the U.S. for the year. In late 2010 they also completed a short 3 date South American tour, including a headline set at the SWU Music & Arts Festival. This was the first time they had played in that continent.
Morello stated, the only Rage appearance for 2011 was a performance on July 30 at the L.A. Rising festival with El Gran Silencio, Immortal Technique, Lauryn Hill, Rise Against and Muse. Morello hoped that Rage Against the Machine would tour in 2012 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album, but this never came to fruition.
On July 30, 2013, exactly two years after its original performance, it was announced on the L.A. Rising's Facebook page that the festival would once again take place in August 2014. Multiple sources reported that Rage Against the Machine would participate in the festival. However, this never happened.
On October 16, 2015, the 2010 gig in Finsbury Park was released as a DVD and Blu-ray called Live at Finsbury Park.
Throughout the entirety of the reunion tour, the band's setlist was usually of the same structure for every show. The band played various songs at different shows. On each leg of the tour, the band played a new song(s) and added them regularly to the setlist. At a regular performance, the band would play 14 or 15 songs, including an encore.
|2007 North American Leg|
|April 29, 2007||Indio||United States||Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival|
|July 28, 2007||New York City||Rock the Bells|
|July 29, 2007|
|August 11, 2007||San Bernardino|
|August 18, 2007||San Francisco|
|August 24, 2007||East Troy||Alpine Valley Music Theatre|
|October 26, 2007||New Orleans||Voodoo Music Experience|
|October 28, 2007||Las Vegas||Vegoose|
|2008 New Zealand/Australian/Japan Leg|
|January 18, 2008||Auckland||New Zealand||Big Day Out|
|January 20, 2008||Gold Coast||Australia|
|January 22, 2008||Sydney||Sydney Entertainment Centre|
|January 25, 2008||Big Day Out|
|January 28, 2008||Melbourne|
|January 30, 2008||Festival Hall|
|February 1, 2008||Adelaide||Big Day Out|
|February 3, 2008||Perth|
|February 7, 2008||Osaka||Japan||Osaka Castle Hall|
|February 9, 2008||Tokyo||Makuhari Messe|
|February 10, 2008|
|2008 European Leg|
|May 30, 2008||Madrid||Spain||Electric Weekend|
|June 1, 2008||Landgraaf||Netherlands||Pinkpop Festival|
|June 2, 2008||Antwerp||Belgium||Sportpaleis|
|June 4, 2008||Paris||France||Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy|
|June 6, 2008||Nürburgring||Germany||Rock am Ring|
|June 7, 2008||Nuremberg||Rock im Park|
|June 10, 2008||Berlin||Zitadelle|
|June 12, 2008||Hultsfred||Sweden||Hultsfred Festival|
|June 14, 2008||Modena||Italy||Stadio Alberto Braglia|
|June 15, 2008||Nickelsdorf||Austria||Nova Rock Festival|
|July 10, 2008||Lisbon||Portugal||Optimus Alive!|
|July 12, 2008||Balado||Scotland||T in the Park|
|July 13, 2008||County Kildare||Ireland||Oxegen 2008|
|2008 North American/European Leg|
|August 2, 2008||Chicago||United States||Lollapalooza|
|August 20, 2008||Paris||France||Rock en Seine|
|August 22, 2008||Reading||England||Reading Festival|
|August 23, 2008||Leeds||Leeds Festival|
|August 27, 2008||Denver||United States||Tent State Music Festival to End the War|
|September 3, 2008||Minneapolis||Target Center|
|June 3, 2010||Nuremberg||Germany||Rock Im Park|
|June 4, 2010||Nürburgring||Rock Am Ring|
|June 6, 2010||London||England||Finsbury Park|
|June 8, 2010||Dublin||Ireland||O2 Arena|
|June 9, 2010||Arnhem||Netherlands||GelreDome|
|June 11, 2010||Madrid||Spain||Rock In Rio|
|June 12, 2010||Donington Park||England||Download Festival|
|July 23, 2010||Los Angeles||United States||Hollywood Palladium|
|October 9, 2010||Itu||Brazil||SWU Music & Arts|
|October 11, 2010||Santiago||Chile||Maquinaria festival|
|October 13, 2010||Buenos Aires||Argentina||Costanera Sur|
|July 30, 2011||Los Angeles||United States||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (L.A. Rising Festival)|
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