before rage against the machine came on stage they played an animated video of simon cowell, surrounded by his many riches, lamenting rage's victory in getting to christmas number one. this was met with inevitable boos and jeers from the audience, particularly his comment that if the band were in x factor they wouldn't make it past boot camp. it was complete over the top pantomime which while amusing and enjoyable, threatened to undermine some the more serious and intense nature of ratm. when the band walked out and launched head-first into a storming version of testify all of these concerns left my head - they undoubtedly were for real and undoubtedly meant business.
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