Rage Against the Machine canceled its scheduled 2023 North American tour on Tuesday (October 4) due to vocalist Zack de la Rocha’s ongoing recovery from a serious foot injury. “It’s been almost three months since Chicago, and I still stare at my leg in disbelief,” read a statement from de la Rocha.
“Two years of waiting during the pandemic, hoping that we would have an opening to become a group again and continue the work that we started 30 years ago,” he continued. “Rehearse, train, reconcile, get back in shape. Then a year and a half comes and my tendon tears.
De la Rocha was referring to a July 11 show during their pandemic-delayed tour in Chicago when he injured his leg just four songs into the set. The 52-year-old operatic bomber, known for his incendiary couplets and fierce stage presence, persevered through the rest of Rage’s public service announcement tour by performing seated, but according to the statement, even that arrangement is become untenable.
“It was like a bad joke the universe played on me. As I write this, I’m reminded that it’s just a bad circumstance. Just a crazy time,” he wrote before to reveal the excruciating details of an injury that has plagued the band’s first long tour since their last reunion in July 2011. to the left Achilles tendon and only 8% of my tendon remained intact. And even that part was severely compromised. It’s not just about being able to play again, but extends to basic functionality at the future.
For that reason, he said, he made the difficult decision to cancel the rest of the shows on their scheduled 2023 North American swing, which was scheduled to begin Feb. 22 in Las Cruces, New Mexico and the keep on the road. through a show on April 2 in Detroit. The announcement came after Rage canceled an August/September. 2022 UK and European tour by doctor’s order.
“I hate canceling shows. I hate disappointing our fans,” de la Rocha wrote. “You have all waited so patiently to see us and it has never escaped my notice. I never take that for granted. For you, I have the ultimate gratitude and respect. He ended his note with a warm thank you to guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk, as well as openers Run the Jewels, their entire touring crew and everyone who helped make the dates possible tours. As of press time, there was no information on whether the dates would be rescheduled.
See de la Rocha’s statement below.