Concert Review: Rock The Bells 2007 feat Rage Against The Machine
What: Rock the Bells 2007
Where: Randall’s Island
Who: Rage Against the Machine, Wu-Tang Clan, Cypress Hill, The Roots, Public Enemy, EPMD, Mos Def, Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks
As far as musical second chances go for fans, a Rage concert disguised as an all-day hip-hop festival in 2007 is right up there with the best of them.
Organization proved to be Rock The Bells’ weak point—from changing the order of the performances on the fly, to a shoestring staff trying their damnedest to appease the 30,000+ crowd, to running out of water and beer (plenty of kids were fainting), to getting off the island in which your choices were a $21 ferry or a piling on three free buses back to Harlem in the middle of the night. About 10,000 picked the buses—resulting in me getting home six hours after the show had ended.