Rage Against the Machine Declares End to Live Performances, Drummer Brad Wilk Confirms

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In a heartfelt statement posted on January 3, Rage Against the Machine’s drummer, Brad Wilk, unequivocally declared that the iconic band “will not be touring or playing live again”.

Expressing gratitude to their dedicated fan base

Wilk conveyed his appreciation with the words,

“Bottom of my heart. Thank you to every person who has ever supported us.”

Addressing the anticipation surrounding potential new tour dates, Wilk acknowledged the desire for clarity, stating, “I don’t want to string people or myself along any further.” While there had been some speculation about future plans, Wilk put an end to the uncertainty, asserting that RATM, comprised of Tim, Zack, Tom, and himself, will not be returning to the stage.

“I’m sorry for those of you who have been waiting for this to happen. I really wish it was…” expressed Wilk, acknowledging the disappointment that this decision may bring to the fans. The statement, while definitive, also carried a tone of regret for those who had eagerly awaited further live performances from the band..


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As of the time of publication, no official statement has been issued through any of Rage Against the Machine’s social media channels or by any other band member.

The announcement comes as a surprise to fans who may have been expecting updates on rescheduled shows.

This marks the end of a chapter that began with Rage Against the Machine’s reunion announcement in November 2019. The band initially scheduled a handful of dates, but their live activities were disrupted by the global pandemic. In 2022, the group finally returned to the stage, but their comeback was short-lived.

Zack de la Rocha, the band’s frontman, suffered an Achilles tendon tear during their second comeback show. Despite performing seated for subsequent shows, the severity of the injury led to additional postponements and cancellations. The band, unfortunately, never resumed their live performances.

Zack de la Rocha detailed the severity of his injury in a statement announcing the cancellation of their 2023 dates, revealing a “severe tear” in his left Achilles tendon. He expressed concern not only for his ability to perform live but also for his “basic functionality going forward.”

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