Rage Against the Machine has canceled their entire 2023 North American tour due to an injury sustained by Zack de la Rocha.
The group posted a message about the cancellation on their official website. “It’s been almost three months since Chicago, and I still look down at my leg in disbelief,” the statement begins. Zack suffered a severe leg injury while performing at the United Center in Chicago in July 2022.
“Two years of waiting through the pandemic, hoping we would have an opening to be a band again and continue the work we started some 30 odd years ago. Rehearsing, training reconciling, working our way back to form. Then one and a half shows into it and my tendon tears,” he continues. “Felt like a sick joke the universe played on me. As I write this I remind myself it’s just bad circumstances. Just a f*cked 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; to 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 concludes.
Tickets bought to any dates on the Rage Against the Machine North American leg will be refunded through Ticketmaster or AXS. Anyone who paid cash for their tickets should contact the box office directly to arrange a refund.