The band’s real mistake on Zuccotti may just have been asking. Brookfield had no comment on this story, but it’s easy to guess why it’s not granting anyone official permission to perform there right now.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped a parade of pro-Occupy musicians from playing at Zuccotti without permission, from Baby Boomer Jackson Browne to Gen X protest-folk singer Jeff Mangum of the band Neutral Milk Hotel, not to mention Tom Morello of (chronic anti-Wall Street protesters) Rage Against the Machine.
Madison Rising goes against the political grain in rock. Drummer Sam Fishman recalls, “I played [the Madison Rising song] ‘In the Days That Reagan Ruled’ for a college friend” and he “thought it was a joke.”