This past Tuesday (October 4), Rage Against the Machine announced they would not be performing their scheduled North American tour in 2023 owing to lead singer Zack de la Rocha’s continued recovery from a major foot ailment. “I still look down at my leg in astonishment,” de la Rocha said in a statement, “and it’s been over three months since Chicago.”
“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. We’re practicing, meeting, and getting back on the same page to get back into shape. And then, a show and a half in, my tendon tears.
De la Rocha was referencing 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.
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According to the statement, the 52-year-old lyrical bomb-thrower known for his explosive couplets and powerful stage presence persevered for the rest of Rage’s Public Service Announcement tour by performing while seated, but even that arrangement became unbearable.
Feels like the universe is playing a cruel joke on me. While writing this, I keep telling myself that it’s simply bad luck. Just a f*cked up situation,” he said, 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 when a lot of effort and recovery is needed. My left Achilles tendon was severely torn, and just 8% was salvageable. However, even that was badly 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 their scheduled 2023 North American tour dates, which were set to begin on February 22 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and end on April 2 in Detroit. Rage had previously announced the UK and European tour for August/September 2022, but had to cancel it due to medical reasons.
I despise having to cancel TV shows. As de la Rocha put it, “I hate failing our fans.” It is never lost on me how long you’ve waited to see us. As a rule, I never take anything at face value. Infinite appreciation and utmost reverence are mine because of you.
He concluded his statement with heartfelt gratitude to guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford, and drummer Brad Wilk, as well as openers, Run the Jewels, their whole touring team, and everyone who helped make the tour dates possible. There was no word about a possible date change as of this writing.