Another day, another cancelled concert

Rage Against the Machine cancels 2023 tour, including Winnipeg date


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Let the rage begin.

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Let the rage begin.

Rage Against the Machine has cancelled its 2023 tour, which included a March 17, 2023 date at Canada Life Centre, an oft-delayed concert that was originally scheduled for May 7, 2020.

In a post on the band’s Twitter account, frontman Zack de la Rocha said he has torn the Achilles tendon in his left leg and that only eight per cent of the tendon is intact.

Tim Commerford, left, and Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine perform at the United Center in Chicago on July 11, 2022. (Daniel DeSlover/ZUMA Press Wire/TNS)

“It’s not simply a question of being able to perform again, but extends to basic functionality going forward,” de la Rocha wrote in the Twitter post.

His injury happened during a concert in Chicago on July 11 — only the second show of the tour — and de la Rocha had to finish the performance in a chair.

“Felt like a sick joke the universe played on me,” he wrote.

De la Rocha performed seated at five concerts in New York City in August, but the band cancelled its European tour scheduled for the fall shortly afterward.

The post also said tickets purchased online through Ticketmaster or AXS would automatically be refunded, and those who paid cash should contact the point of purchase directly.

The Rage Against the Machine concert in Winnipeg was a hot ticket when it was first announced Feb. 10, 2020 because it had been 20 years since the band had launched a worldwide tour.

The concert was postponed on March 13, 2020 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, and further postponements followed, with laments on social media from Rage fans building after each announcement.

Tuesday’s cancellation was the second in as many days for Winnipeg rock fans.

Ringo Starr and his All Stars cancelled several shows, including one scheduled for Oct. 4, at Canada Life Centre, after the former Beatles drummer announced he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Ticket holders can get a refund through the point of purchase.

Twitter: @AlanDSmall

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Alan Small

Alan Small

Alan Small has been a journalist at the Free Press for more than 22 years in a variety of roles, the latest being a reporter in the Arts and Life section.

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