Rage Against The Machine Cancels 2023 North American Dates E! News UK
Rage Against The Machine has shelved dates for its 2023 North American tour.
The ‘Killing in the Name’ rockers were forced to cancel gigs across the UK and Europe this summer, including famed festivals in Reading and Leeds in August, due to torn Achilles tendon left of leader Zack de la Rocha.
And it pains the rocker to have to pull their shows next year, but he has no choice as “a lot of work and healing” is needed before he can consider stepping on stage again.
A lengthy statement began: “It’s been almost three months since Chicago, and I’m still staring at my leg in disbelief. Two years of waiting during the pandemic, hoping that we would have an opening to become a band again and continue the work we started 30 years ago. Rehearse, train, reconcile, get in shape. Then a year and a half appears and my tendon tears.
“It was like a bad joke that the universe played on me. As I write this, I’m reminded that it’s just a bad circumstance. Just a 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 remained intact. And even this part was seriously compromised.”
The statement added: “It is not just about being able to replay, but extends to basic functionality in the future. This is why I have made the painful and difficult decision to cancel the remaining shows of our 2023 North American leg.”
The “Public Service Announcement” tour was scheduled to arrive in Portland on March 23.
Zack, 52, was injured while performing “Bullet In The Head” in Chicago in July.