Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha Suffers Torn Achilles


Back in July, Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha hurt his leg during the band’s second date of their reunion tour in Chicago. While keeping it from the media, a friend of de la Rocha’s, Glen E. Friedman, revealed that the artist tore his Achilles.

“I went to see my good friend Zack (with his torn Achilles) perform last night at Madison Square Garden, one of the most hallowed venues in the modern world,” Friedman wrote on Instagram. Just as Rage Against the Machine finished that fateful Chicago concert with de la Rocha sitting down, the band completed the rest of their North American tour (wrapping up tonight, August 14th, with another show at the Garden) with their leader seated at the front of the stage. However, they were forced to cancel the UK/European leg of the tour, slated for August and September, “per medical guidance” for the injury.

Discovering de la Rocha has a torn Achilles explains why Rage would have to cancel the rest of this year’s tour. Even though a torn Achilles is a common injury, it is very painful and take months to heal. Hopefully de la Rocha will recover by time RATM return on the road for a new leg of North American Shows set for early 2023.

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