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Rage Against the Machine deliver on promise of free concert for UK fans

Zack De La Rocha After fans in the UK toppled Simon Cowell's five-year run at holding the top spot for Christmas songs with his X-Factor winner last year, Rage Against the Machine promised a free show...and delivered. Over 40,000 fans received free tickets based on a lottery system with thousands more fans showing up to gain entrance on the day of the show to the Finsbury Park performance in London.

Fans that got into the park were treated to a set by Gallows who opened with the Sex Pistols "God Save the Queen" in a tribute to their heroes who played this very park when they reformed.

Two local UK bands were sandwiched between the openers and headline act. Before RATM took to the stage, a short animated spoof mocked Cowell and lead into an explosive intro to "Testify" followed by "Bombtrack" which lead to a massive surge at the gates by those without passes. Police later advised security to open the gates.

The night was capped off with X-Factor winner Joe McElderry's toppled hit blasted over the PA followed by "You made history" to thunderous applause.

You can view the entire setlist here


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Tags:  Rage Against the MachineSimon CowellfreeZach De La RochaGallows

    June 12, 2010

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