This news comes from RATM drummer Brad Wilk on IG:
“I know a lot of people are waiting for us to announce new tour dates for all the canceled RATM shows,” Wilk, 55, wrote in an Instagram post. “I don’t want to string people or myself along any further. So while there has been some communication that this may be happening in the future … I want to let you know that RATM (Tim, Zack, Tom and I) will not be touring or playing live again.
“I’m sorry for those of you who have been waiting for this to happen. I really wish it was,” the musician concluded.
This sucks for a number of reasons. They’re the hardest rock band of our lives and generationally influential. They put on the most unreal shows and many would argue that guitarist Tom Morello is a living, breathing musical God.
I was lucky enough to see them in Hamilton which now looking back was their 3rd last show. Wild stuff.
The real question is why, we have some insider info that has told us Zack and Tom are not getting along and the relationship is sour.
Rage initially planned an extensive global tour, a long-awaited return to live performances after over a decade. Their ambitious itinerary was set to traverse the USA, Europe, Australia, Asia, and South America within a tight 7-month span, presenting a rare opportunity for many fans, particularly those under 35, to witness their electrifying performances.
However, the tour encountered countless delays due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite multiple rescheduling attempts, when it finally commenced, the band faced a series of unfortunate setbacks. Zack de la Rocha suffered an Achilles tendon injury during an energetic stage performance, followed by the news of bass player Tim Commerford’s diagnosis with prostate cancer. Undoubtedly, unforeseen challenges and likely additional setbacks behind the scenes further complicated matters.
The culmination of injuries, personal tragedies, and the ongoing global health crisis took an immense toll on the tour’s feasibility. Eventually, the inevitable decision to cancel the tour was made, leaving fans clinging to a faint hope for a potential revival when circumstances improved. Regrettably, that prospect has been unequivocally dashed.
It’s a profound disappointment for fans and a bitter realization that the much-anticipated tour has reached an unfortunate and definitive end.