Matty Healy is a member of The 1975’s but even he felt the rage of the fans when he tried to do something smart during the Leeds Festival in August. The 1975 were called up to replace RATM as headliners just two weeks before the twin festivals took place in August, with the latter pulling out due to frontman Zack de la Rocha’s ongoing leg injury.
Speaking on stage at Leeds Festival on August 26, Healy told the crowd: “I’m sorry we’re not Rage Against The Machine, but who’s Rage Against The Machine? I mean, give it up for the greatest rock band of the previous generation, ladies and gentlemen, please… Being literally in Rage Against The Machine and having a gammy leg is quite funny, though.”
Healy, who subsequently praised RATM during The 1975’s Reading headline set two nights later, later clarified his comments following a social media backlash, adding that he intended to say: “I’m sorry we’re not Rage Against The Machine, but who can be Rage Against The Machine?” He spoke about the controversy and said:
There are no records that me and George [Daniel, drummer] know more than Rage. Even ‘Renegades’. We fucking love Rage so much. I think I was so conflicted by how weird it was for me to even accept putting myself in the same league as them that I couldn’t even get my words out right.
The 1975’s new album ‘Being Funny In A Foreign Language’ was released last Friday (October 14). The band will be heading out on a UK tour in January 2023. Drop us a comment if you would be attending the event in January of next year.