Why Rage Against the Machine have cancelled their UK tour this month

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Rage Against the Machine have canceled their UK and European tours “by medical order”.

The band announced on social media that vocalist Zack de la Rocha has been told he will not be able to continue on the next leg of the tour.

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Rage was due to play the Leeds and Reading Festivals as well as a show in Edinburgh.

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Here’s everything you need to know:

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What did the band say about the cancellations?

In a statement on social media, Rage Against the Machine said: “Following medical advice, Zack de la Rocha has been advised that the UK and European leg of the Rage Against The Machine tour in August and September 2022 cannot proceed.

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“It is with great disappointment that we announce this cancellation.

“Rage Against The Machine will complete their run at Madison Square Garden on August 11, 12 and 14, and then Zack will need to return home to rest and rehabilitate.

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“The flights, travel time and strict schedule in the UK and Europe are simply too much of a risk for a full recovery.

“We are so sorry to all of our fans who have waited years to see us and we hope to see Rage again soon.

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“Please contact your point of sale for refunds on headline shows. Brad, Tim, Tom & Zack”

Rage Against The Machine will play at the Royal Highland Center in Edinburgh in August. Image: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

What’s wrong with Zack de la Rocha?

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The incident happened on Monday, July 11, during the band’s reunion tour.

Zack de la Rocha reportedly sustained the injury after four songs on set and had to be helped offstage by the band’s crew members.

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After a break, he returned to the stage and performed while seated at a monitor.

De la Rocha is reported to have told the crowd: “I don’t know what just happened to my leg.

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“Straight upstairs, but you know what? We’ll keep this going. I can crawl over this step.

“We’ll all play for you tonight.”

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Will the band still play at Leeds and Reading festivals?

No, Rage Against the Machine will not be performing in either Leeds or Reading this month.

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The shows were part of the UK and European tour.

Which shows have been cancelled?

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Here’s the full list of shows canceled by Rage Against the Machine in the UK and Europe:

  • 24 August – Royal Highlands Center – Edinburgh
  • 26 August – Leeds Festival
  • August 28 – Reading Festival
  • August 30 – Rock en Seine Festival – Paris, France
  • 1 September – Sportpaleis – Antwerp, Belgium
  • September 3 – Expo Plaza – Hanover, Germany
  • 5 September – Hallenstadion – Zurich, Switzerland
  • September 8th – Great Festival of Andalusia – Malaga, Spain
  • September 10 – Crazy Cool Sunset – Madrid
  • September 11 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria
  • September 15 – Tauron Arena – Kraków, Poland
  • September 17 – Zagreb Arena – Zagreb, Croatia
  • September 19 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic

How can you get a refund?

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For shows outside of the festival, contact your ticket provider for a refund.

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