Los Angeles rock band Rage Against the Machine have pulled the plug on their reunion tour, which had rescheduled dates across North America for 2023.
The outing was originally announced in 2019 but was thwarted by the pandemic. The band was slated to be one of the headliners at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in 2020, but that was twice delayed. The quartet were due to return to headline the fest in 2022 but were unable to perform and instead restarted their own tour over the summer.
However, singer Zack de la Rocha suffered a leg injury during the tour’s second show at a stop in Chicago. They continued to play shows, including five nights at Madison Square Garden in New York, with Rocha sitting on an amp to belt out the songs, but canceled his UK and European dates when it was revealed he was recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.
On Tuesday, de la Rocha posted a lengthy message on the band’s official Instagram page, stating that the 2023 tour was cancelled.
“It’s been almost three months since Chicago and I’m still looking at my leg in disbelief,” he wrote. “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. It felt like a sick joke the universe was playing on me.”
He went on to say that only eight percent of his tendon is intact, making canceling the shows the only way to give her time to heal. He thanked his bandmates, support act Run the Jewels and all of the tour’s staff and crew for their support.
“I hope to see you very soon,” he ends the post. It was highly speculated that Rage Against the Machine would return to headline Coachella in 2023, especially since there was a gap in the rescheduled dates leaving wide open in mid-April when the festival takes place over two weekends in Indio. However, given de la Rocha’s prognosis, that doesn’t seem very likely.
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