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Rage Against The Machine cancels tour across North America due to Zack de la Rocha’s achilles tear

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Rage Against The Machine cancels North American tour after singer Zack de la Rocha tears achilles tendon

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Rage Against The Machine announced they will not be able to continue their North American tour.

The band’s lead singer Zack de la Rocha confirmed the news via a heartfelt post on his Instagram Tuesday.

De la Rocha, 52, wrote, ‘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.’

No more shows: Rage Against The Machine announced they will not be able to continue their North American tour after lead singer Zack de la Rocha injured his leg (pictured August 2022)

No more shows: Rage Against The Machine announced they will not be able to continue their North American tour after lead singer Zack de la Rocha injured his leg (pictured August 2022)

‘Then one and a half shows into it and my tendon tears,’ he continued. ‘Felt like a sick joke the universe played on me. As write this I remind myself it’s just bad circumstance. Just a f***ed 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 canceling 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.’

Confirming the news: The band's lead singer Zack de la Rocha confirmed the news via a heartfelt post on his Instagram (pictured July 2022)

Confirming the news: The band’s lead singer Zack de la Rocha confirmed the news via a heartfelt post on his Instagram (pictured July 2022)

Saddened: de la Rocha, 52, wrote, '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'

Saddened: de la Rocha, 52, wrote, ‘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’ 

'Only 8%': '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

‘Only 8%’: ‘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

Refund: He then thanked a number of people involved with the planning of the tour, and he shared a photo explaining that all tickets will automatically be refunded

Refund: He then thanked a number of people involved with the planning of the tour, and he shared a photo explaining that all tickets will automatically be refunded

He then thanked a number of people involved with the planning of the tour, and he shared a photo explaining that all tickets will automatically be refunded.

Rage Against The Machine’s North American tour was originally announced back in 2019 but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the timeline back. 

The first concert of the tour was played in July, but de la Rocha’s injury got the tour off to a rocky start. 

Rocky start: The first concert of the tour was played in July, but de la Rocha's injury got the tour off to a rocky start (pictured August 2022)

Rocky start: The first concert of the tour was played in July, but de la Rocha’s injury got the tour off to a rocky start (pictured August 2022)

Successful initial run: The band originally performed together from 1991 to 2000, winning a pair of Grammys for work made during that initial run (pictured July 2022)

Successful initial run: The band originally performed together from 1991 to 2000, winning a pair of Grammys for work made during that initial run (pictured July 2022)

Rap group Run the Jewels was touring alongside the band which was playing its first tour since its previous reunion tour back from 2007 to 2011. 

The band originally performed together from 1991 to 2000, winning a pair of Grammys for work made during that initial run. 

They broke up in 2000 after de la Rocha announced his intention to leave the group, and the band received scrutiny for multiple high-profile controversies including one where they momentarily shut down the New York Stock Exchange. 

‘I feel that it is now necessary to leave Rage, because our decision making process has completely failed,’ de la Rocha said at the time. ‘It is no longer meeting the aspirations of all four of us collectively, as a band, and from my perspective has undermined our artistic and political ideal.’  

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