Rage Against the Machine just wrapped up the 2022 leg of its public service announcement reunion tour with a five-night run in New York’s Madison Square Garden. At the penultimate concert, the band released “Fistful of Steel” for the first time since 1997.
The song is a fan favorite from the 1993 self-titled album. They revisited the LP heavily throughout the reunion tour, playing every track except “Settle For Nothing”, which they didn’t. touched since 1993.
In many ways, “Fistful of Steel” has aged a lot. With references to get into the jam and slamming like Shaquille, the lyrics definitely date the track to a specific time and place. Despite the unmistakable 90s vibes, the song hit just as hard on the Friday night show, nearly 30 years after its release. Frontman Zack de la Rocha had to play the heavy song from a seated position, due to an ongoing leg injury, but nonetheless, he delivered a performance that lifted the crowd. Check out the fan-shot images of the moment below.
The rest of the setlist came mostly from the band’s three studio albums, but they played Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad” from their cover collection. renegades“No Shelter” from the Godzilla soundtrack, and “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)” from Run the Jewels.
The band’s reunion tour has been eventful, to say the least. De La Rocha tore his anterior cruciate ligament on the second night of the trek, a security guard accidentally tackled Tom Morello and Guy Fieri took over as the band’s number one fan, following them to every show on the tour .
The band was originally scheduled to travel to Europe later this month, but the leg was canceled on doctor’s orders given de la Rocha’s injury. “Zack needs to go home to rest and rehabilitate,” they wrote in a letter to fans. “The flights, travel time and rigorous schedule in the UK and Europe are simply too risky for his full recovery.”
RATM will resume touring in February 2023 at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with a host of arena dates across North America to follow.
(Photo: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)