Rage Against The Machine
Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium (DVD)



by hybridofsound USER (37 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 41 replies

Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

When it comes to political bands none have been so loud or so well known as Rage Against the Machine. The four piece band dominated music during the 90's selling over 8 million albums and pushing their political message as hard as they could. The band split in 2000 and this DVD is of their last preformance ever together.

This DVD is probably the best music DVD i've come across this year. A total 123 minutes of footage makes this DVD one of the longest in my collection and makes it good value for money. The DVD contains two live preformances. The main one is at the Olympic Auditorium. The other preformance is at the Democratic National Convention 2000. There are also two extra bonus preformances of People of the Sun and Know your enemy along with two music videos of How I could just Kill a man and an alternate version of Bombtrack.

The main preformance of this DVD at the Olympic Auditorium is amazing. From the start the band pump it with energy. The DVD has a good range of songs from their first three albums and includes a few covers. For me i'm not so familiar with the older Rage stuff so the begining I didn't get into straight away but by the time they kicked into 'Sleep now in the fire' I was loving this DVD. The first half of the DVD the band doesn't really interact with the crowd but eventually Zack blasts out an attack at the Democrats and Republicans and critisizing the Democratic National Convention in which police declared the preformance Rage gave illegal and opened fire on the crowd (Footage of this is included). All of the best Rage songs feature here and any Rage fan will love this DVD. Highlight songs would have to be 'Killing in the Name', 'How I could just kill a man' and 'Freedom'. This DVD really makes you feel like your there and you won't be able to help yourself but sing along. At the end of Killing in the name you can't help but start yelling '**** you I won't do what you tell me!' and there are plently of moments like this on the DVD. Cyprus Hill come out and play with Rage on How I could just kill a man and the preformance is great.

Overall this DVD is packed with content and more than worth it's price. For any RATM fan this DVD will be a must buy and anyone who has only heard a few songs of Rage should enjoy this DVD. The preformance is 110%, it sounds great and the talents of this band are really shown off. Anyone who accuses Tom Morello of being overated should just watch this video and see how brilliant he is as a guitarist. IMO this is the best DVD out this year, buy it now.

Rating - 5/5 :thumb:

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December 14th 2003


nice review, and this is better served without a track by track! Thanks for doing it! I want to pick this up, but wasn't sure how good it was going to be.

you've convinced me though, and I will definatley be picking it up!

EDIT: So I picked it up today, and I've got to say I'm definatley more than impressed!!!

I think I still prefer Battle of Mexico City, but Cypress Hill coming out for the performance of How I Could Just Kill a Man, made me want to get up and dance.

I felt like singing along all the way through, adn there was never a dull moment!

4.5/5 for me!!!

Distorted Vision
December 17th 2003


I'm getting it for Christmas. You've made the wait harder now!

December 17th 2003


I was gonna do a review of my own until I saw that you beat me to it, so I'll just say what I was gonna say here.

I was really surprised at the pricetag on this one...I picked it up for about the price of a CD at Best Buy (12 bucks). The sound quality is admittedly not incredible on the main show-Brad's bass drum is rather weak, although that's more the fault of the recording process than the drum itself, I'm sure it sounded great there. It looks like the show was recorded indoors, so that may have been a factor.

The convention show sounded great, though...I really love the way his snare ended up sounding on that recording. The DVD over-all has a very raw feel to it, as if they didn't mess with it too much, electing instead to leave the show as it was, which I see as a good thing. The member who impressed me the most (in relation to my already positive opinions of the band) was bassist Tim Commerford (or "Y Tim K," as he was affectionately known at the time of the performance). The man is solid as a brick, and you can really tell by this performance. He really provides a very strong back-bone for the other members to work around, keeping his lines much simpler than he clearly can play but still interesting. You can really tell on tracks that rely heavily on the bass to drive them; a great example would be the band's performances of "No Shelter" and "Sleep Now In the Fire."

I enjoyed the improvisational and "jam" feel of Rage's show. All of Tom's solos are improvised, and many of Brad's fills were as well.

No energy was lost in Zach's vocals between the record and CD; if anything, he is more explosive live. De La Rocha gets alot of criticism for not singing; personally, I find it admirable that he is honest in this regard, instead of the loads of punk/rock artists that try to pass themselves off and use "studio magic" to make it seem like they can sing when in actuality they're terrible. The fact is, De La Rocha is an incredibly intelligent man with alot of ideas and strong opinions, and the medium with which he chose to express himself was music. He is an extremely talented rapper and incredible lyricist, highly underrated in my opinion.

Brad has a very loose feel to his drumming. Some of the more subtle intrincancies of his playing unfortunatly did not transfer perfectly to the live show, such as his use of accent patterns and ghost notes(You couldn't hear 'em most of the time), however he still was able to provide the right feel for each song. He really grooves very well, and one humorous thing about him is that he doesn't LOOK like he's grooving like he does (like Bonham in a way...he's actually said that very thing about Bonzo in interviews before). He's really got the punk/metal appearance down, but his feel is more funk-based.

Ratings are stupid, so I'm not going to give one. I enjoy the DVD, and it's worth a hell of alot more than 12 bucks. BUY IT! :p

Guerrilla Soldier
December 17th 2003


you said it man, timmy c's tone is just MASSIVE on this disc - ive never heard bass played so authoritatively. this disc should catapult him to the level of respect he deserves....but it probably won't.

all of tom's solo's were improvised? i dont think so - born of a broken man, testify, no shelter, etc.- id say at least half the disc are the same solos as the orginal studio versions.

Guerrilla Soldier
December 18th 2003


oh, almost forgot my major quarrel with the disc:
no widescreen viewing?! what kind of cameras where used to shoot this? its very strange and unexpected.

December 18th 2003


It was shot for VCR release originally the preformance so that could be why.

Guerrilla Soldier
December 18th 2003


you sure? the BOMC DVD was shot before this was, so why wouldnt they keep the format in mind?

December 18th 2003


I went to their official Epic site and that's what they commented. They were shooting this footage for a video. I don't know much about cameras but I would suspect that's why.

Cam Penny
December 20th 2003


The CD is far better in my opinoin. I hate the way it was edited with all those crazy camera angle changes, its worse than a rap video at some points. And Zack it a bit sloppy on the dvd, I hate the way he sang the chorus to Bombtrack. Despite that, there are some tracls that really stick out and make it all worth while, and it's worth buying just for the National Democratic Convention performance IMO.

DVD rating: 8/10
CD rating: 10/10

December 20th 2003



is it that hard to comprehend?

December 20th 2003


i'll buy it when i get my next paycheck.

December 20th 2003


[QUOTE=Guerrilla Soldier]you sure? the BOMC DVD was shot before this was, so why wouldnt they keep the format in mind?[/QUOTE]

Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium was their last and final concert as Rage Against the Machine.

so I am 100% sure that this was shot after BOMC.

Guerrilla Soldier
December 20th 2003


That's nice, I am 100% sure that BOMC was shot before this was.

December 20th 2003


I read that wrong...I thought you were asking if the BOMC DVD was shot before this

me=dumbass on that 1

I thoought it said

"you sure the BOMC dvd was shot before this?"

Guerrilla Soldier
December 20th 2003


heh, yea, thats what i figured- its easy to mess up.

January 25th 2004


this is the best music DVD ive ever seen

January 26th 2004


Album Rating: 4.5

BOMC was a example of how NOT to use the widescreen process, most of the time Tom's head was only half visible and Zach's head too etc etc. Plus all that slow mo crap and stuff really took the "raw" factor out of this. I still enjoy the first RATM DVD but the Live at the Olympic Grand Auditorium DVD is very close to being one of the best I have seen

Rating 4.999/5 or 5/5 for the rest of you :thumb:

January 26th 2004


Great Review.

I think the album pretty good, but RATM's cover of Kick Out The Jams I didn't like.

January 26th 2004


i'm gonna get this when i get money!

great review. :thumb:

Hey Mr. Light Man
January 26th 2004


I think Tom Morello is an underrated guitarist.

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