Rage Against the Machine cancel 2023 tour, Zack de la Rocha talks leg injury
Rage Against the Machine's reunion tour finally began in July, more than two years after it was first announced, and after several pandemic-related postponements, but Zack de la Rocha injured his leg in Chicago, not long into the run. The band played through to their five NYC shows at Madison Square Garden in August, but cancelled their Europe and UK dates that were to have begun later that month, on doctor's orders. They've now announced that their 2023 North American shows have been cancelled, as well. Zack discusses the cancellation, and his leg injury, in a lengthy new statement which you can read below:
It’s been almost three months since Chicago, and I still look down at my leg in disbelief. Two years of waiting through the pandemic, hoping we would have an opening to be a band again and continue the work we started 30 some odd years ago. Rehearsing, training, reconciling, working our way back to form. Then one and a half shows into it and my tendon tears. Felt like a sick joke the universe played on me. As I write this I remind myself it’s just bad circumstance. Just a fucked up moment.
Unfortunately it is a moment that requires a lot of work and healing. I have a severe tear in my left Achilles tendon and only 8% of my tendon was left intact. And even that portion was severely compromised. It’s not simply a question of being able to perform again, but extends to basic functionality going forward. That’s why I’ve made the painful and difficult decision to cancel the remaining shows on our 2023 North American leg.
I hate cancelling shows. I hate disappointing our fans. You have all waited so patiently to see us and that is never lost on me. I never take that for granted. For you I have the ultimate gratitude and respect. To my brothers Tim, Brad and Tom; EL p, Killer Mike, Trackstar and the whole RTJ crew; to everyone on our production team: techs, cooks drivers, assistants, security squad, to anyone and everyone who made the shows thus far possible, all my love and respect. I hope to see you very soon.
Zack de la Rocha“
See the cancelled dates below, along with pictures from Rage's first MSG show in August.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: CANCELLED 2023 TOUR DATES
Feb-22 Las Cruces, NM Pan American Center
Feb-24 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center
Feb-26 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
Feb-28 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
Mar-03 Oakland, CA Oakland Arena
Mar-05 Oakland, CA Oakland Arena
Mar-07 Portland, OR Moda Center
Mar-09 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
Mar-11 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum
Mar-13 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
Mar-15 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
Mar-17 Winnipeg, MB Canada Life Centre
Mar-19 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Mar-20 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Mar-22 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premier Center
Mar-28 Kansas City, MO T-Mobile Center
Mar-30 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center
Apr-01 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
Apr-02 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena