Rage Against the Machine cancels UK & European dates “per medical guidance”

Rage Against the Machine has canceled the band’s upcoming run of U.K. and European tour dates set to take place later this month and in September.

In a statement, the reunited “Killing in the Name” outfit writes that the decision was made “per medical guidance” relating to an injury frontman Zack de la Rocha suffered last month during a show in Chicago, which has since forced him to perform while seated during Rage’s ongoing U.S. tour.

“It is with great disappointment that we announce this cancellation,” the band says. “The flights, travel time, and rigorous schedule in the U.K. and Europe are simply too much of a risk for a complete recovery.”

Rage still plans to play their remaining three shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, which wrap up August 14, after which de la Rocha will “return home for rest and rehabilitation.”

“We are so sorry to all of our fans who have waited years to see us and hope to Rage again soon,” the statement reads.

The U.K. and European dates are part of Rage Against the Machine’s long-awaited reunion tour, which finally kicked off in July after being delayed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the affected shows are Rage’s headlining sets at the Reading & Leeds festivals.

Rage’s next set of dates kick off with another U.S. leg beginning in February 2023.

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