Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha injures himself on stage
Rage Against the Machine’s reunion tour is off to a great start. During the band’s second show, frontman Zack de la Rocha appeared to be injured but refused to stop the performance. The band played at the United Center in Chicago on Monday night and are scheduled for a second show there on Tuesday. They started their Message of public interest tour Saturday in East Troy, Wisconsin.
When Rage Against the Machine began performing “Bullet in the Head,” de la Rocha, 52, appeared to be jumping on one leg as he ran across the stage. In a video TMZ released, de la Rocha tried to ignore the pain until he grabbed nearby equipment to stand. It’s unclear what his injury was, but it was clear the band team thought he needed medical help. At one point, crew members brought him a walking boot on stage, but he refused to wear it.
Chicago night 1. Round 2 tonight
— Rage Against the Machine (@RATMofficial) July 12, 2022
De la Rocha spent the rest of the show near the sound equipment while continuing to perform. At the end of the show, de la Rocha’s bandmates embraced him. The stage staff took him off stage as he waved a peace sign to the crowd. The group did not comment on de la Rocha’s injury. The New York Times also mentioned in his review that de la Rocha spent most of the show seated.
Rage Against the Machine performed its first show in 11 years at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy on Saturday, two years after announcing plans to stage a reunion tour. Their performance drew a lot of attention as they made sure to include a brand political statement, with the Supreme Court as their target. Their performance came days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade.
“Forced birth in a country which is the only wealthy country in the world without any nationally guaranteed paid parental leave,” reads a message displayed on the video screen behind the group, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Forced childbirth in a country where black birth attendants experience two to three times the maternal mortality of white birth attendants. Forced childbirth in a country where gun violence is the leading cause of death among children and adolescents.” At the end, they capitalized, “Drop the Supreme Court.”
It was the most overt political message of the night, as De La Rocha, drummer Brad Wilk, bassist Tim Commerford and guitarist Tom Morello focused their setlist on their best-known songs. “Bombtrack”, “People of the Sun”, “Bulls on Parade”, “Bullet in the Head”, “Testify”, “Wake Up” and a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad” were all played . The Chicago setlist included many of the same songs. The group’s opening act is Run the Jewels, the hip-hop duo of El-P and Killer Mike. The first leg of the tour continues through August and culminates in a five-night adventure in Madison Square Garden.