Rage Against The Machine started its long-awaited “Public Service Announcement” tour this summer. The trek marked the first time the band had toured since 2011. During their show in Chicago, Rage frontman Zack De La Rocha injured his leg forcing him to perform most of the set while seated on a monitor. “I don’t know what happened to my leg right now, but you know what? We’re gonna keep this f*ckin’ sh*t goin’. If I have to crawl across this stage. We’re gonna play for y’all tonight. We came too f*ckin’ far.”
On Tuesday, De La Rocha provided an update on his injury, and it isn’t good. “It’s been almost three months since Chicago, and I still look down at my leg in disbelief,” he wrote on social media. “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; 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.“
Two months ago, the band canceled its European leg of the tour in hopes the singer’s leg would heal. Fans who purchased tickets online through Ticketmaster or AXS will be automatically refunded, and those who paid cash should contact the box office where purchased.
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