Rage Against the Machine is planning a free protest
concert on Monday, the opening day of the Democratic
The Los Angeles quartet will be performing music from it's
most recent album, the
"Battle of Los Angeles." in
the designated protest zone
across the street from
President Clinton is scheduled to address the convention
inside Staples at just about the same time.
The Los Angeles Police Department is "gravely concerned"
about Monday's concert because the band could provoke a
volatile crowd prone to dangerous behavior, said LAPD
Commander Dave Kalish in an interview with the Los Angeles
Police watched nervously late yesterday afternoon as three
truckloads of stage and sound gear were unloaded at the protest
site. The show also features Ozomatli, an East Los Angeles
group that fuses traditional Afro-Latin styles with funk, a
knotty hip-hop sound and rock.
The band does not need a special city permit to hold its
concert in the designated protest zone because a federal judge
recently approved that area as an open demonstration site.