Prophets Of Rage Tear Up Brooklyn With Outstanding Surprise Show [Video/Setlist/Review]


first_imgThe show then came to a close with “Killing in the Name,” with song’s refrain of “Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me!” serving as a rallying cry for all fans to rage with the band one more time. The crowd responded in kind, as the entire audience screamed along with the lyrics and thrashed around with their middle fingers in the sky. When the show ended and the lights were turned on, there wasn’t a single person in the room who wasn’t dripping in sweat, and every fan left the venue with huge smiles on their faces, in disbelief at the incredible show they’d just witnessed.Check out more videos of this amazing show below, and also check here for information on their recently-announced tour, bringing the band to arenas and amphitheatres this Fall.“Fight The Power”/”No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn” (courtesy of themeboudin/youtube)“Testify” (courtesy of Sub-Culture Presents/youtube)“Know Your Enemy” -> “The Party’s Over”(courtesy of danimal710/youtube)“Killing in the Name” (courtesy of themeboudin/youtube)“(Rock) Superstar” The rest of the set featured P.E.’s “Shut ‘Em Down,” a Rage-ified cover of Cypress Hill’s “How I Could Just Kill A Man,” and Rage’s “Know Your Enemy” and “Bullet In Your Head.” The Prophets also played their lone new song, called “The Party’s Over.” The end of the show saw the Prophets returning to Rage Against The Machine’s strongest material, as the show’s finale began with a charged-up version of “Bulls on Parade.” Prophets of Rage played an incredible, earth-shattering last-minute show last night in Brooklyn. The supergroup, made up of Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Chuck D. and DJ Lord of Public Enemy, and B-Real of Cypress Hill, were set to bring their new project to Governor’s Ball for a quick 30 minute surprise set on Sunday when weather cancelled the day. Within one hour of its cancellation, Morello tweeted his battle cry to the world, announcing that “NOTHING can stop” Prophets of Rage from playing in NYC, and to stay tuned for more information. After the first two songs, the crowd was ready to explode with anticipation, and the band met their excitement with the opening shuffle of “Guerilla Radio”. The rest of the first set was filled with Rage classics like “Bombtrack”, “People of the Sun”, and “Take The Power Back”, P.E.’s “Miuzi Weighs A Ton” and Cypress Hill’s “(Rock) Superstar.” The Prophets closed out the set with an exciting “Testify”, after which they left the stage for a short break.During this break, Chuck D., B-Real, and DJ Lord ran through a hip hop medley, performing parts of Cypress Hill favorites “Hand On the Pump,” “Insane in the Brain,” and “I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That,” as well as Public Enemy classics “Bring The Noise,” “Welcome to the Terrordome” and “Can’t Truss It.”After this 15 minute hip hop break, Prophets of Rage returned to the stage for the show’s final segment with a raucous “Sleep Now in the Fire”, sending the crowd into a moshing frenzy. An hour later, the official word came that the band would be playing the intimate Greenpoint venue Warsaw, and that all proceeds from the concert would benefit the charitable organization WhyHunger. Fans quickly flocked to the Polish/Punk space to line up for tickets, and within an hour the line stretched around a full city block. At 5pm, fans were able to purchase one wristband-per-person ($20 per wristband, $10 with a Gov Ball wristband on), and staff members wearing “Make America Rage Again” hats told fans to return for doors at 8pm to avoid the approaching rainfall.After the massive downpour passed, returning concert-goers were lucky to witness an equally-massive full rainbow floating over Greenpoint that seemed to lead directly to Warsaw. Fans surely found their pot of gold, as Prophets of Rage would blow the roof off the venue with a high energy, politically charged show that featured huge hits, awesome covers, and a band that seemed ready to take over the world.Taking the stage at 9:05pm after a warmup set of Hip Hop classics from DJ Lord, Prophets of Rage wasted no time getting down, opening the show with a funky mashup of Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power” and Beastie Boys‘ aptly titled “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn.” The Prophets then played the song that gave the project its name, P.E.’s “Prophets Of Rage”, and really set the crowd off with its fun new metal-esque arrangement.last_img read more

URGENT PLEA: Government Must Reach Out to the Foya and All Other Farmers


first_imgWe wonder whether President Sirleaf ever reads the Observer Farmer Column which this newspaper has been producing every Thursday for many years. Dr. Cyril Broderick, professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Liberia’s College of Agriculture and Forestry, was the preeminent Observer Farmer in the late 1980s.  Now we have another highly committed, motivated Observer Farmer, Judoemue Kollie who, though he has not yet even finished college, is faithful, productive and even indefatigable in covering the Farm Sector all over the country.The President, the World Bank people, indeed all Liberians, especially those involved or interested in farming, should read Judoemu’s farm column which, as usual, appeared in the Thursday,—that’s yesterday’s—edition of the Daily Observer.     The Observer Farmer column contained three very important stories.  The first was a story which, though highlighted in Wednesday’s edition, Judoemue felt compelled to mention on his Farm Page yesterday: World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s serious and emphatic pledge to help Liberia in the recovery of its agriculture sector.Remember we said in yesterday’s editorial that AGRICULTURE was the FIRST thing President Kim mentioned while outlining his multi-faceted recovery plan for Liberia in the post-Ebola period.  The WBG leader explained why he is targeting this sector first: “Agriculture is a key pillar of the Liberian economy,” he noted.      The second story on yesterday’s Farm Page highlighted a most encouraging and innovative initiative undertaken by 24 women farmers in Clay Ashland, Montserrado County.  These women have organized themselves under an umbrella called the New Generation Women Farmers Group, within which they have started a Village Saving Loan Association (VSLA).  Recently, with the help of some international donors, these women distributed LD286,820 among themselves to expand their farming efforts, especially cassava production.Can the government and other able parties help these women with farm implements to make their work easier?   Can the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) assist them in providing improved cassava varieties and lend technical support, such as deploying some of its staff to advise the women on proper cassava and other crop cultivation?Judoemue’s third story is the most important one: he featured a rice farmer in Foya, Lofa County named Franklin Tengbeh, who has successfully cultivated 14.7 hectares of high yielding rice.  Mr. Tengbeh is now harvesting his rice, some of which he intends to pass on to other area farmers as seeds.But, Judoemue pointed out, Farmer Tengbeh is faced with a number of very serious challenges: lack of storage, transportation, thrashers and drying floor, among others. Herein, we think, lies an excellent opportunity for President Sirleaf’s urgent intervention.  She needs to find an expert and send him or her to Foya to see Mr. Tengbeh and what he is doing, and find out how he can be helped.Foya has long been known for its superior agricultural productivity.  Ever since the legendary Foya Paramount Chief Tamba Taylor, beginning in the 1950s, taught his people to farm, they have been self-sufficient not only in rice and vegetables but also meat.  They grow their own cattle, goats, poultry, pigs and sheep. The Foya farmers are once again giving the Liberian government another opportunity to redeem itself by reaching out to these enterprising people.  This time, the government should be very focused and do ALL it can to help Farmer Tengbeh and others to succeed and, in the process, to feed Liberia.Judoemue mentioned in his World Bank story a very important historical fact, which most people have forgotten.  He started by saying that in the last National Budget, only 2.4% was allocated to Agriculture.  Yet, 10 years ago, African leaders met in Maputo, Mozambique and adopted the Maputo Declaration which called on African governments to allocate at least 10% of their annual budgets to Agriculture.Now we see why Liberia faces a serious threat of food insecurity.  Now we see why our people are poor.  This stems from two main problems: first, we have not invested sufficiently in agriculture; and second, most unfortunately, many of our Agriculture Ministers have failed us. We must find a solution to these two problems and jumpstart our nationwide farm program again—in vegetables, tree crops (coffee, cocoa, rubber, oil palm, cashew nuts, mangoes, etc.), in rice, our staple, in banana and plantain  and in meat (cattle, goats, poultry, pigs and sheep), all of which also grow well in Foya.Let us remember what we said in yesterday’s editorial: the World Bank and many others are prepared to help us, especially in the post-Ebola period.  But none of this help will amount to much if we do not help ourselves.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more