Rage Against The Machine return to Reading
In typical uncompromising style
Photographer: Paul Kerr23 August 2008
The Los Angeles band wowed a colossal main stage crowd during an hour and a half performance which included all their best known hits.
Having previously stamped themselves in Reading Festival history, with shows in 1993 and 2000, the reformed rockers returned to the Berkshire site for their third outing.
Arriving on stage dressed in orange boiler suits and Abu Graib-style prison hoods, the four band members played opening track 'Bomb Track' in their poignant protest costumes.
But they soon stripped down to casual attire, allowing singer Zac De La Roche to loosen up his lyrics as guitarist Tom Morello squeeled solos over their inimitable rap/rock soundtrack.
Highlights of the much anticipated set included 'Know Your Enemy' and 'Bullet In The Head' back to back, plus of course the inevitable set closer 'Killing In The Name', all of which caused pandemonium in the crowd.
Queens Of The Stone Age also made a triumphant return to Reading with a technical masterclass that saw tens of thousands dancing to the likes of 'In My Head' and 'Sick Sick Sick'.
The Fratellis received a less raptorous reception but The Enemy proved why they're the nearest thing to today's Britpop with an impassioned set that saw singer Tom Clark taking on a member of the crowd who threw a bottle stage-wards.
Reading and Leeds Festival continues over the weekend.