Rage Against the Machine Cancel European Shows "Per Medical Guidance"

Frontman Zack de la Rocha is in need of "rest and rehabilitation"

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BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Aug 11, 2022

For all the good that came from Rage Against the Machine's long-awaited North American tour — chiefly, the Supreme Court skewering and Guy Fieri fandom — there was also some bad with frontman Zack de la Rocha's leg injury that left him seated at recent reunion dates. Now, the band will cancel upcoming shows to get him some needed R&R.

"Per medical guidance, Zack de la Rocha has been advised that the August and September 2022 UK and European leg of the Rage Against the Machine tour cannot proceed. It is with great disappointment that we announce this cancellation," the band wrote in a statement today.

"Rage Against the Machine will be finishing their run at Madison Square Garden on August 11, 12 & 14 and then Zack must return home for rest and rehabilitation. The flights, travel time, and rigorous schedule in the UK and Europe are simply too much of a risk for a complete recovery," the statement continued. "We are so sorry to all of our fans who have waited years to see us and hope to Rage again soon."

Frontman de la Rocha sustained the injury during RATM's July 11 performance in Chicago, two shows into their reunion trek. Four songs into the set that evening, the vocalist was helped offstage by crew members, and returned following a brief pause to play the rest of the show seated on a monitor.

Of course, we also hope guitarist Tom Morello can take the time to heal up any bumps and bruises sustained from being accidentally tackled by a security guard at the band's subsequent Toronto date.

Rage Against the Machine announced that UK and European ticketholders can contact their point of purchase for refunds to any headline shows.

In 2023, Rage Against the Machine will play four dates in Western Canada as part of their reunion tour.

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