Rage Against The Machine retires from the stage: “We will not give any more concerts together”

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We don’t know if they officially separate or, at least, if they will continue making music together, but the truth is that Rage Against the Machine They will not go on tour or offer concerts as a band again. It has been confirmed by his own drummer, Brad Wilkthrough a post on Instagram.

“I know a lot of people were waiting for us to announce new dates for the RATM shows that were cancelled. I don’t want to prolong this disappointment for people or myself, so, since there has been some communication that this could happen in the future, I want to tell you that RATM (Tim, Zack, Tom and I) will never go on tour or play live again. I feel so sorry for the people who were waiting for it to happen. I wish it were that way…”, he wrote from “the depths of my heart.” “Thank you to each and every one of those who have supported us,” he added.

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Suspecting that there is bad feeling between them, and waiting for the rest of the group members to speak outthis news has fallen like a bucket of cold water for his followers. Rage Against The Machine was forced to cancel, first, the dates of the remainder of its European tour in 2022. The quartet issued a press release in August explaining what happened: “Due to medical supervision, They have advised Zack de la Rocha that he does not continue with the leg of the tour scheduled between August and September 2022 in Europe – including his presence in Mad Cool -. “It is with great disappointment that we announce its cancellation.”

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“Rage Against The Machine will finish the tour at Madison Square Garden on August 11, 12 and 14, and then Zack will have to return home to rest and rehab. The flights, travel time and rigorous schedules in the United Kingdom and Europe simply represent too great a risk for a full recovery,” they declared, apologizing to fans who had wanted to see them for years and “hoping to see them again soon.”

Months later, A relapse of the vocalist caused them to also have to permanently cancel the 2023 North American tour. La Rocha himself wrote a letter: “Almost three months have passed since Chicago and I still look at my leg in disbelief. We waited two years during the pandemic in the hope of having an opportunity to be a band again and continue the work we We started about 30 years ago. Rehearsing, training, conciliating, working to get back in shape. And a concert and a half later my tendon tears. I felt like the universe played a bad joke on me. As I write this, I remember “I tell myself that they are just bad circumstances. Just a screwed up moment,” he said.

Unfortunately it is a time that requires 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 (even that part was severely compromised). It’s not just about being able to function again, it extends to its core functionality in the future. That is why I made the painful and difficult decision to cancel the remaining shows on our 2023 North American leg. I hate canceling concerts. I hate to disappoint our fans. You have all waited to see us with great patience and that never escapes me. I never take that for granted. I feel the utmost gratitude and respect towards you,” he added.

After also thanking and showing affection to his colleagues and the human team behind his last tour (from production to security), De La Rocha said goodbye with the new hope of “soon seeing” his staunchest followers on the old and new continents, even without knowing that it would not happen again.

After being part of the Rock and Roll Walk of Fame at the end of 2023, a discography made up of four studio albums, two Grammy Awards (in 1997 and 2001, respectively) and many more recognitions… are we facing the end of Rage Against The Machine?


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