Watch: Rage Against the Machine’s First Show Took Place At A School And People Lost Their Minds

Rage Against The Machine - First Public Performance Full Concert (HQ): MrMaxairistas, YouTube
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30 years ago today, Rage Against the Machine released their debut self-titled studio album. This record has gone on to become one of the most iconic works in all of metal history. To this day, songs off this record are adored by fans around the globe, with “Killing in the Name” being one of the band’s biggest songs.

We are huge Rage Against the Machine fans and wanted to find something special to celebrate this major anniversary, and we found something really cool.

Over on YouTube, we found footage of the band’s first ever public performance! On October 23rd, 1991, RATM performed their first show at Cal State Northridge; per the video footage of this performance (which you will find below), you will find the band performing just outside the school. It is surreal to see footage like this, considering that the band is now selling out arenas and such!

You can check out the band’s first ever public performance below! Did you pick up the band’s debut album when it first released 30 years ago? For you Rage Against the Machine fans out there, where does this record rank for you among the band’s discography.

Also, as a special treat to readers of The Pit, we are offering a special promo code for Rage Against the Machine merch! There is a great variety of RATM merch you can order now and get 15% off on.

Follow this link here to check out and order said merch, and use the promo code KNOWYOURENEMY upon check out. PLEASE NOTE, this promo code is only good for self-titled related merch.


Also in the beginning of the band’s career, did you know that they played in a record store for just 20 people? In other band related news, Tom Morello recently shared that he regrets influencing nu metal.

Among the comments he shared, he said, “We popularized a genre which now has just totally run a muck. I just thought, man. What have we done?”

Watch Rage Against the Machine’s First Show: