The Rage Against the Machine Reunion Tour Is Over

Drummer Brad Wilk confirmed that the band "will not be touring or playing live again"

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jan 4, 2024

Good news for Fox News cronies and Elon Musk only: the Rage Against the Machine reunion tour is officially through.

Drummer Brad Wilk confirmed the news in an Instagram post last night (January 3), writing that the band "will not be touring or playing live again."

"I know a lot of people are waiting for us to announce new dates for all of the cancelled RATM shows. I don't want to string people or myself along any further," he explained. "I'm sorry for those of you who have been waiting for this to happen. I really wish it was…"

Calling the band's Public Service Announcement reunion tour with Run the Jewels, which was announced all the way back in 2019, ill-fated would be an understatement. The dawn of the pandemic certainly got in the way multiple times — but, against all odds, they finally were able to get the show on the road in July 2022.

Then, just two concerts into the tour, vocalist Zack de la Rocha injured his leg. While he continued to perform sitting down for about a month, the band had to begin cancelling dates "per medical guidance."

In October 2022, RATM finally pulled the trigger and cancelled the remainder of the tour, which was set to continue well into 2023. They also confirmed that de la Rocha had torn his left Achilles tendon — a blatantly tough injury to heal from. "It's not simply a question of being able to perform again, but extends to basic functionality going forward," the musician wrote in a statement at the time.

If that wasn't enough, bassist Tim Commerford revealed his prostate cancer diagnosis a couple months later. What an absolute shitstorm of circumstances.

See Wilk's full statement confirming the reunion tour's premature end below.

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Rage Against the Machine were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, but only guitarist Tom Morello attended the ceremony.

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