Rage Against the Machine at PPG Paints Arena; South Park Hosts the BoDeans (Fri., 7/29/22)

1) Last month a Vancouver, Canada soft-pop rock radio station that was changing formats and had just laid off two on air DJs started playing Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” song on a continuous loop. The hard rock group rose out of Los Angeles and is know for their revolutionary political views. The group’s fantastic lead guitarist, Tom Morello, often has messages displayed on his guitars. One, a Mongrel custom guitar, has “Arm the Homeless” on it, another, a Fender Stratocaster, has “Soul Power” on it. Morello toured with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band for several years through 2015. Rage Against the Machine is more than just Morello. Vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, and drummer Brad Wilk all are very talented and put on a high energy show. You can see Rage Against the Machine at PPG Paints Arena on their Public Service Announcement Tour. Special guest is Run the Jewels. 8 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

2) Rising out of Waukesha, Wisconsin in the 1980’s, the BoDeans achieved success with the hit song  “Closer to Free.” The FOX Networks popular TV show “Party of Five” used the song in the shows opening montage. The band will be performing at South Park Amphitheatre this evening as part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series. The BoDeans are touring in support of their latest album, this years 4 the Last Time. Special guest is The Living Street. 7:30 p.m. 3700 Farmshow Dr., South Park Twp.

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