Rage Against The Machine have halted their 2023 US tour dates.
The ‘Killing in the Name’ rockers were forced to cancel their UK and European shows this summer, including the famous Reading and Leeds festivals in August, due to frontman Zack of la Rocha tore his left Achilles tendon.
And the rocker is saddened to have to pull his shows next year, but has no choice, as “a lot of work and healing” is needed before he can even consider stepping on a stage again.
He began a lengthy statement: “It’s been almost three months since Chicago, and I’m still staring at my leg in disbelief. Two years of waiting through the pandemic, hoping for an opening to be a band again and continue the work we started 30 years ago. Rehearsing, training, reconciling, working to get back in shape. Then one and a half comes along and my tendon ruptures.
“I felt like a sick joke played on me by the universe. As I write this, I remind myself that it’s just a bad circumstance. Just a moment. Unfortunately, it’s a moment that takes 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 part was severely compromised.”
The statement added: “It’s not simply about being able to get back up and running, it extends to core functionality going forward. That’s why I’ve made the painful and difficult decision to cancel the remaining shows on our leg American of 2023”.
The “Public Service Announcement” tour was scheduled to arrive in Portland on March 23rd.
Zack, 52, was injured while performing ‘Bullet In The Head’ in Chicago in July.