Skillet's John Cooper Has Called Out Rage Against The Machine As 'Government Rock'

  • Skillet's John Cooper Has Called Out Rage Against The Machine As 'Government Rock'
    POSTED 6 Dec 2021

    Skillet v Rage Against The Machine
    Skillet frontman John Cooper has declared his own band 'revolutionary' and called out Rage Against The Machine as 'government rock'. 

    Cooper made the bold statements on Apologia Studio's Apologia Stuff podcast, with Cooper explaining in great detail why he feels as such. 

    "In general, I think, I’m a fairly gracious person, or I try to be, where it’s, like, I really don’t care, Luke, if you get the vaccine or not. And I don’t know if you care if I get it. It doesn’t matter to me. There’s certain things that you can make a choice. But there’s been this collective mind… I mean, people going crazy. I fully expect half the country to be eating grass.

    “What’s really weird to me is that I’ve been speaking out about my faith in Christ for a long, long time in the mainstream world. Now, let’s be honest — not everybody in the mainstream world is nuts about that. They don’t necessarily love hearing about Jesus, but they have always put up with me — some have supported me even. But I’ll tell you what: the most kickback I have ever received — ever — for my faith has been on my stance on vaccine mandates and mask mandates. It is as if I just — like the unforgivable sin."

    “I said to my wife, I said the amazing thing that it shows me is that it wasn’t the gospel quote, it wasn’t the gospel of Christ that made them really, really angry — meaning, ‘Jesus is the way, the truth, the life. No one comes to the father unless they come through him.’ A lot of people didn’t love that message, but they can deal with it. But they will not deal with you speaking out against the state. They will not deal with it. And what you’re really witnessing is an actual you’ve spoken against their God. You did not bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s idol of gold. And it is the one thing you’re not allowed to do. It’s just been really amazing to me."

    “So a lot the bands, they just don’t know what to do. And when I say ‘they,’ I mean we’re in there, too. We just don’t know what to do, because you’re in an entertainment industry that’s largely driven by social media and media at large. And you’re not allowed to speak anything against… I mean, you’ve got Rage Against the Machine telling people that if they don’t get a vaccine… Rage Against the Machine has become the machine. It’s crazy. I’m, like, wait a minute — I’m the revolutionary here? I’m the revolutionary and Rage Against the Machine is just ‘government rock’ now. My older brother made up the term ‘government rock,’ which I find pretty awesome. I think it’s pretty great — it’s a great way to scoff at someone.”

    You can watch the full interview below. 

    Rage Against The Machine are yet to respond publicly. 

    On the musical front, Skillet will release their much anticipated new album Dominion on January 14th, following the release of singles Surviving The Game and Standing In The Storm.  

    Speaking about the album's inspiration, Cooper said the following

    "Dominion is about the celebration of freedom, a liberation from fear - to be who we want to be, say what we want to say, believe what we want to believe. "In some ways it’s a reminder of the God-given rights that we were born with. It’s time to regain some sort of control over our lives and not be a slave to fear. I hope this record is going to make people feel empowered, inspired, uplifted and want to rock their faces off!"
     

    Rage Against The Machine will finally head out on their long-awaited reunion tour in the USA in March 2022, and Guitarist Tom Morello released two collaborative album's over the past few months. 

     Shop for Rage Against The Machine merch in our online store 

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Skillet v Rage Against The Machine
Skillet frontman John Cooper has declared his own band 'revolutionary' and called out Rage Against The Machine as 'government rock'. 

Cooper made the bold statements on Apologia Studio's Apologia Stuff podcast, with Cooper explaining in great detail why he feels as such. 

"In general, I think, I’m a fairly gracious person, or I try to be, where it’s, like, I really don’t care, Luke, if you get the vaccine or not. And I don’t know if you care if I get it. It doesn’t matter to me. There’s certain things that you can make a choice. But there’s been this collective mind… I mean, people going crazy. I fully expect half the country to be eating grass.

“What’s really weird to me is that I’ve been speaking out about my faith in Christ for a long, long time in the mainstream world. Now, let’s be honest — not everybody in the mainstream world is nuts about that. They don’t necessarily love hearing about Jesus, but they have always put up with me — some have supported me even. But I’ll tell you what: the most kickback I have ever received — ever — for my faith has been on my stance on vaccine mandates and mask mandates. It is as if I just — like the unforgivable sin."

“I said to my wife, I said the amazing thing that it shows me is that it wasn’t the gospel quote, it wasn’t the gospel of Christ that made them really, really angry — meaning, ‘Jesus is the way, the truth, the life. No one comes to the father unless they come through him.’ A lot of people didn’t love that message, but they can deal with it. But they will not deal with you speaking out against the state. They will not deal with it. And what you’re really witnessing is an actual you’ve spoken against their God. You did not bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s idol of gold. And it is the one thing you’re not allowed to do. It’s just been really amazing to me."

“So a lot the bands, they just don’t know what to do. And when I say ‘they,’ I mean we’re in there, too. We just don’t know what to do, because you’re in an entertainment industry that’s largely driven by social media and media at large. And you’re not allowed to speak anything against… I mean, you’ve got Rage Against the Machine telling people that if they don’t get a vaccine… Rage Against the Machine has become the machine. It’s crazy. I’m, like, wait a minute — I’m the revolutionary here? I’m the revolutionary and Rage Against the Machine is just ‘government rock’ now. My older brother made up the term ‘government rock,’ which I find pretty awesome. I think it’s pretty great — it’s a great way to scoff at someone.”

You can watch the full interview below. 

Rage Against The Machine are yet to respond publicly. 

On the musical front, Skillet will release their much anticipated new album Dominion on January 14th, following the release of singles Surviving The Game and Standing In The Storm.  

Speaking about the album's inspiration, Cooper said the following

"Dominion is about the celebration of freedom, a liberation from fear - to be who we want to be, say what we want to say, believe what we want to believe. "In some ways it’s a reminder of the God-given rights that we were born with. It’s time to regain some sort of control over our lives and not be a slave to fear. I hope this record is going to make people feel empowered, inspired, uplifted and want to rock their faces off!"
 

Rage Against The Machine will finally head out on their long-awaited reunion tour in the USA in March 2022, and Guitarist Tom Morello released two collaborative album's over the past few months. 

 Shop for Rage Against The Machine merch in our online store 

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