Musical Guests That Blew Everyone’s Minds On Saturday Night Live

Jackson Sawa | July 29, 2022 5:28 pm

Rage Against The Machine Was Banned From The Show

On April 13, 1996, the politically charged rock group Rage Against the Machine were banned from Saturday Night Live. The host that evening was billionaire Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes, the exact kind of person who the group speaks out against.

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After an energetic performance of their song “Bulls On Parade,” the group attempted to hang upside-down American flags on their amplifiers in protest of Steve Forbes and his platform. When the song had finished, producer Lorne Michaels kicked the band off of the set, preventing them from playing another song and banning them from the show.