The newly formed music group Prophets of Rage performed a live concert outside California’s Norco Prison Wednesday after being forced to cancel a show inside the prison following threats by right-wing extremists.
“We were denied at the last-minute because apparently they got some calls from right-wing nuts in Sacramento who said they were going to foment rebellion,” guitarist Tom Morello, formerly of Rage Against the Machine told CBS. “What we meant to do is come here to play a great show … The barbed wire cannot keep the music out,” Morello added.
The supergroup is comprised of politically charged music legends including Chuck D from Public Enemy, guitarist Tom Morello, formerly of Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill’s B-Real and DJ Lord from Public Enemy. The group’s name, Prophets of Rage, is a reference to a Public Enemy song of the same name from their 1988 album "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back."
The concert was scheduled in order to support the nonprofit organization Jail Guitar Doors, which provides musical instruments and assistance to help rehabilitate prisoners.
“They didn’t want to see good things happen for what they consider to be bad people, when in truth, they’re just people,” said Wayne Kramer, Founder of the Jail Guitar Doors.