Bristol housing crisis activists performing on stage at Muse at Ashton Gate tonight

bristol housing crisis activists performing on stage at muse at ashton gate tonight - Bristol housing crisis activists performing on stage at Muse at Ashton Gate tonight

A group of men and women from Bristol who have never sung together before and admit they can’t really even sing have been lined up to provide backing vocals in front of 25,000 people at Ashton Gate tonight.

The group are all activists from the Bristol branch of the tenants’ union Acorn, who normally spend their spare time tackling rogue landlords and campaigning for better conditions for tenants in Bristol’s spiralling housing crisis.

But tonight, 16 of the Acorn activists are being invited onto the stage at Ashton Gate, to belt out the classic anti-establishment rap/rock anthem Killing In The Name Of.

Devon rock band Muse are the third of the four Summer Series concerts at Bristol City’s stadium in BS3 tonight, and their stadium tour is being supported by Tom Morello, the legendary guitarist and creative force behind Rage Against The Machine.

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The Californian political rap metal band took the 1990s by storm with their political protest rap, and scored an unlikely Christmas number one in 2009, following an internet campaign to beat whatever it was that was released on the week before Christmas by the winner of the X-Factor.

The band’s 1992 breakthrough song reached number one for Christmas in the UK, beating that year’s X-Factor winner Joe McElderry, and the band donated all the money they made from the sales of that record that year to homelessness and housing charity Shelter.

 

Now, guitarist Tom Morello is supporting Muse with his own band, and at each gig is inviting local activists to join him on stage.

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A spokesperson for Acorn Bristol said they didn’t know too much about it – and haven’t really had a chance to rehearse that much, but have been told to come along to Ashton Gate, and that they’ll be singing Killing In The Name Of, with its notoriously x-rated final refrain, as well as a cover of the John Lennon track Power To The People.

“It’s all been a bit scrambled together, and none of us can sing,” he joked.

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Muse at Reading Festival in 2017 (Image: Get Reading)

Morello supported Muse at the London Stadium – the 2012 Olympic Stadium in Stratford – on Saturday, and Acorn activists from London were invited on stage to help him, and Manchester’s branch of Acorn is also providing the backing singers this coming Saturday too.

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