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Rage Against the Machine cancel headline Reading and Leeds sets, pull 2022 tour

The band, who recently returned to the live circuit after an 11-year absence, cancel on medical grounds

By Charlotte Krol

Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine performing live in 2007
Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine performs live. (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Carlos Ginard)

Rage Against the Machine have cancelled their UK and European tour including headline slots at Reading and Leeds festival due to a medical issue involving singer Zack de la Rocha.

The US band were headlining the twin UK festivals and were also playing an Edinburgh show in less than a fortnight’s time. A statement said that de la Rocha is having to follow “medical guidance”.

Although details were not shared specifying the medical issue, last month de la Rocha injured his leg on stage at a gig in Chicago and performed following gigs sitting down.

“It is with great disappoint that we announce this cancellation,” the band said in their statement. “Zack must return home for rest and rehabilitation [following the New York shows]. The flights, travel time and rigorous schedule in the UK and Europe are simply too much of a risk for a complete recovery.

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

In July, Rage Against the Machine kicked off their return to the live circuit in 11 years with headline reunion shows in North America as well as festival appearances.

Their last album was Renegades, released nearly 22 years ago in December 2000.

See the band’s affected tour dates below:

24 – Royal Highlands Centre, Edinburgh
26 – Leeds Festival, Leeds
28 – Reading Festival, Reading
30 – Rock en Seine Festival, Paris, France

01 – Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
03 – Expo Plaza, Hannover, Germany
05 – Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
08 – Andalucia Big Festival – Sacaba Beach, Malaga, Spain
10 – Mad Cool Sunset – Espacio Mad Cool, Madrid, Spain
13 – Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria
15 – Tauron Arena, Kraków, Poland
17 – Zagreb Arena, Zagreb, Croatia
19 – O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic

Rage Against the Machine’s North American is currently still scheduled to start in February 2023, which runs until early April 2023. Head here to see dates.