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Rage Against the Machine Cancel 2023 North American Tour Due to Zack De La Rocha Injury.
On Tuesday (Oct. 4), Rage Against the Machine announced they would not be performing their scheduled North American tour in 2023 due to lead singer Zack de la Rocha’s continued recovery from a significant foot ailment. It’s been almost three months since Chicago, and I still look at my leg in astonishment, de la Rocha said in a statement. “Two years of waiting through the epidemic, hoping we would have an opening to be a band again and continue the work we started 30 some odd years ago,” he elaborated. Working our way back to peak performance by means of repeated practice, constructive communication, and cooperative effort. Then, after only a couple of performances, my tendon ruptured.
De la Rocha was alluding to the band’s July 11 gig in Chicago, which had been postponed multiple times because of the pandemic and during which he had to leave the stage after injuring his leg. According to the statement, the 52-year-old lyrical bomb-thrower known for his explosive couplets and ferocious stage presence continued the rest of Rage’s Public Service Announcement tour by performing while seated.
It was like some cruel prank the universe was playing on me. As I write this, I have to keep telling myself that it’s just bad luck. “Just a f****d up moment,” he wrote, before going into detail about the terrible injury that has plagued the band’s first major tour since their last reunion swing ended in July 2011. “Unfortunately, it’s a time that calls for a lot of effort and recuperation. Only eight percent of my left Achilles tendon is still functional after a serious injury. Indeed, even that was seriously damaged. It’s not only about getting back on stage; it also involves returning to normal function.
Because of this, he claimed he had to make the tough choice to cancel the rest of the gigs on their scheduled 2023 North American swing. This tour was set to begin on February 22 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and end on April 2 in Detroit. Rage made the declaration after postponing an August/September 2022 UK and European tour due to medical reasons.
To cancel a show is the worst. “I detest letting down our fans,” de la Rocha remarked. It is not lost on me that you have waited so patiently to meet us. That is something I never, ever take for granted. You have my deepest appreciation and utmost respect. At the letter’s close, he extended gratitude to the band’s guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford, and drummer Brad Wilk, as well as to support act Run the Jewels, the rest of their touring crew, and everyone else involved in putting on the shows. There was no word at the time of publication on whether or not the dates would be moved.
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