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Rage Against The Machine's drummer Brad Wilk announces the band will no longer be touring

04 January 2024, 13:21 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Following the cancellation of their reunion dates last year, Rage Against The Machine's drummer Brad Wilk announces the band will no longer be touring or playing any more live shows.

In 2020 Rage Against the Machine announced a worldwide headline tour. The seven month run, was to kics off in March in El Paso, TX and end in Vienna, Austria in September, marking the first time the iconic LA band has toured together since 2011. The tour was rescheduled to 2022 due to the pandemic.

As luck would have it, part of their North American tour dates were then moved to 2023, due to Zack de la Rocha tearing his Achilles tendon on the second night of the band’s Public Service Announcement reunion tour at Chicago’s United Center in 2022. He performed a run of shows sat down in order to aid his recovery, however, due to complications with the leg injury, but eventually, the entire tour was cancelled after 18 shows.

In a statement posted to the band's website, de la Rocha wrote: "It’s been almost three months since Chicago and I still look down at my leg in disbelief. Two years of waiting through the pandemic, hoping we would have an opening to be a band again and continue the work we started 30 some odd years ago. Rehearsing, training, reconciling, working our way back to form. Then one and a half shows into it and my tendon tears. Felt like a sick joke the universe played on me. As I write this I remind myself it’s just bad circumstance. Just a fucked up moment."

Now, taking to his socials, drummer Brad Wilk has announced that the tour will not be rescheduled, and the band will no longer play any live shows, presumably because of the strain that touring may have on de la Rocha's injury.

“I know a lot of people are waiting for us to announce new tour dates for all the canceled RATM shows. I don’t want to string people or myself along any further. So while there has been some communication that this may be happening in the future… I want to let you know that RATM (Tim, Zack, Tom and I) will not be touring or playing live again," he wrote. "I’m sorry for those of you who have been waiting for this to happen. I really wish it was…”

Last year, the band’s bassist Tim Commerford revealed that he has been living with prostate cancer.

Rage Against The Machine were recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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