Rage Against the Machine Launches First Tour in 11 Years; Front Man Zack de la Rocha Injures Leg, Plays Through It

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Rock Cellar Magazine

This past Saturday, July 9, Rage Against the Machine finally began its anticipated reunion tour, which was delayed multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taking the stage at Alpine Valley Music Centre in Wisconsin, the band — vocalist Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk — gathered together for their first live performance in 11 years.

In the time since, Morello has remained prolific in the studio with his various solo projects (which he spoke with Rock Cellar about recently), while Wilk and Commerford also kept busy with Morello in his band Prophets of Rage, though the reclusive de Rocha hasn’t been heard of much beyond guest appearances with Run the Jewels on a few projects, most recently the rap duo’s 2020 album RTJ4.

Judging by the reception expressed on social media, there was absolutely no hint of rust or cobwebs to shake off, so to speak, the Los Angeles band’s brand of aggressive rap/metal/rock/funk just as compelling in 2022 as it was three decades before, emerging from the streets of L.A. and essentially redefining the concept of “rock and roll.”

Here’s the incendiary opening track from the tour launch, “Bombtrack”:

Rage Against the Machine delivered a 15-song performance from throughout their three studio albums, as well as their cover of “The Ghost of Tom Joad” from Bruce Springsteen (for the first time since 2000), delivering deep cuts as well as classics — and ending the night, of course, with “Killing in the Name,” which remains an enduring classic and was back in the news recently.

Here’s the full set of the tour opener, as filmed by fans at the show:

And the set list:

People of the Sun
Bulls on Parade
Bullet in the Head
Tire Me
Wake Up
Guerrilla Radio
Without a Face
Know Your Enemy
Calm Like a Bomb / Sleep Now In The Fire
War Within a Breath
The Ghost of Tom Joad (Bruce Springsteen cover) (First time live since July 23, 2000)
Killing in the Name

On Sunday, July 11, the second night of the tour, de la Rocha sustained some sort of leg injury during the song “Bullet in the Head” and was helped off stage by crew members before returning to finish the set sitting down.

He addressed the crowd:

“I don’t know what happened to my leg right now, but you know what? We’re gonna keep this fuckin’ shit going. If I have to crawl across this stage. We’re gonna play for y’all tonight. We came too fuckin’ far.”

At this time, the band hasn’t made any announcements about any changes to the tour schedule that may come about in light of this injury, but stay tuned.

As of now, the remaining tour schedule:

July 12 Chicago, IL- United Center
July 15 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Bluesfest
July 16 Quebec City, QC – Festival D’Ete De Quebec*
July 19 Hamilton, ON – Firstontario Centre
July 21 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
July 23 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
July 25 Buffalo, NY – Keybank Center
July 27 Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
July 29 Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
July 31 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
August 2 Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
August 3 Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
August 8 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
August 9 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
August 11 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
August 12 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
August 14 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
*Run the Jewels not playing

And new 2023 dates, as announced recently:

Feb. 22 – Las Cruces, NM – Pan American Center
Feb. 24 – El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
Feb. 26 – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
Feb. 28 – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
Mar. 03 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
Mar. 05 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
Mar. 07 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Mar. 09 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Mar. 11 – Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum
Mar. 13 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
Mar. 15 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
Mar. 17 – Winnipeg, MB – Canada Life Centre
Mar. 19 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Mar. 20 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Mar. 22 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premiere Center
Mar. 28 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
Mar. 30 – St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
Apr. 01 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Apr. 02 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena


  • Dee Bee says:

    I saw an unknown band named Rage Against The Machine in ’95 or ”96 at the Lollapalooza in N.C. with the Ramones reunion & Metallica headlining & Rage blew everyone away! I’ve been waiting for this show to happen forever & one of the dates is close enough to me to go & it’s not far off from my birthday but unfortunately with concerts getting more & more expensive I don’t have a choice other than to have to miss it. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that a DVD of the reunion shows up on the RATM website. Hopefully this is the beginning of many more years, albums & tours! A fan for life!

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