Rage Against the Machine has canceled the remainder of its North American tour after lead singer Zack de la Rocha sustained a leg injury “which will require a lot of work and healing”.
In a statement on Tuesday, De la Rocha confirmed that he suffered a “severe tear” in his left Achilles tendon. Although 8% of his tendon is still intact, “even that part was badly affected,” the singer explained. The injury occurred in July while De la Rocha was on stage with the rap rock band at Chicago’s United Center.
“It’s been almost three months since Chicago and I’m still looking at my leg in disbelief,” De la Rocha said in his statement.
“Two years of waiting during the pandemic, hoping that we would have another chance to be a band and continue the work we started some odd 30 years ago. Rehearse, train, reconcile, get back in shape. Then one and a half points in and my tendon tears. Felt like a sick joke the universe was playing on me. As I write this, I am reminding myself that these are just bad circumstances. Just a moment.”
A July YouTube video shows the Rage Against the Machine frontman limping through a performance of “Bullet in the Head” after tearing his Achilles tendon. Corresponding Consequence, De la Rocha tried to stand repeatedly throughout the show but was unable to put weight on his leg. After finishing the set while seated at a monitor, De la Rocha was carried offstage by crew members.
“It’s not just about being able to perform again, it extends to fundamental functionality going forward,” De La Rocha said Tuesday.
“I hate canceling shows. I hate disappointing our fans. They’ve all been so patiently waiting to see us and it never escaped my notice. I never take that for granted. You have my greatest thanks and respect.”
Fans who purchased tickets online for the remaining Rage Against the Machine shows in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, South Dakota, Missouri, Michigan and Canada through Ticketmaster or AXS will automatically receive a refund within of about 30 days. De la Rocha instructed those paying cash to “contact the box office directly.”
The cancellation of the North American tour comes months after Rage Against the Machine canceled the European leg of its tour due to De la Rocha’s injury.
De la Rocha ended his statement with a shout-out to his bandmates (Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk and Tom Morello), the group’s opening act (Run the Jewels) and “everyone on our production team.”
“To everyone and everyone who has made the shows possible so far, all my love and respect,” he wrote. “I hope to see you soon.”
While touring the United States this summer, Rage Against the Machine used its platform to protest the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe vs. Wade with the rallying cry “Abort the Supreme Court.”
“Forced birth in a country that is the only wealthy country in the world with no guaranteed national-level paid parental leave,” read a message that appeared on screen during the band’s July concert at Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Music Theater.
“Forced birth in a country where black midwives suffer two to three times the maternal mortality rate than white midwives. Forced birth in a country where gun violence is the number one killer of children and young people.”
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