Rage Against The Machine's Zack de la Rocha

Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha Reportedly Tore His ACL


It would appear that Rage Against The Machine vocalist Zack de la Rocha is currently suffering from a torn ACL. The politically outspoken frontman suffered the injury during the band’s July 11th set in Chicago, IL. He opted to finished out both that set and the rest of the North American leg of the band’s highly anticipated reunion tour from a seated position. He has also been seen backstage moving around with a knee scooter since sustaining the injury.

While the group never specified the exact nature of his injury, photographer and friend of the band, Glen E. Friedman. revealed it to be a torn ACL in a post shared on social media overnight. That post reads:

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“RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE at Roseland in NYC circa 1996.

Before i review for you the story of the 1st image, i want you to know that i am posting this today because I went to see my good friend Zack (with his torn ACL) perform last night at Madison Square Garden, one of the most hallowed venues in the modern world. RATM sold out FIVE nights. Even having to sit during the performance Zack De La Rocha showed the world what they had been missing in all the years he had been away from this incredible group of musicians. Zack “brought it” like few other ever have or ever could. Integrity, and heart, the touchstones of the most important and greatest. I had a great fucking time and was going off like a spoiled child up in front of the barricades because that’s how i’m used to it, being close and feeling it and letting it go through and move me.

I was inspired! Even used my iPhone to a make a few shots & video clips, i’ll add them here when you swipe left. I think i may even go back with some film and shoot OG style tonight, problem is the size of the venue and stage, for me, takes away the intimacy of closeness i usually go for, and the inconsistent lighting can be more than challenging when you go all analog/manual like I do. Maybe one day i’ll figure out how to use one of those digital cameras 🤷🏽‍♂️

So back to the story of my fave RATM image i made.

My old friend, and drummer for Suicidal Tendencies, Beastie Boys, among others, Amery “AWOL” Smith was working with RATM and invited me to come down and meet them during a 3 night stint at the world famous Roseland Ballroom. i went down the first night just to see 👀 and hear👂🏽them… of course i was blown away and came back the next night and made some photographs. By this time i had already decided i was not generally using a flash any longer so there are risks involved concerning lighting, but i still had fun being on stage with them and i made this one great image. I love it and it’s also in my book “THE IDEALIST – In My Eyes 25 years” it’s a book of my aesthetic, art and politics,

#RATM #RAGE #RageAgainstTheMachine #BullsOnParade #ZackDeLaRocha #Radical #Progressive #Roseland #35mmFilm #TheIdealist”

The average recovery period for a torn ACL is six months or more. In light of the injury, the band recently cancelled their summer European/UK tour so that Zack could properly focus on the recovery process. Currently confirmed live dates for the band’s reunion tour with Run The Jewels include:

08/14 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

02/22 Las Cruces, NM – Pan American Center
02/24 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
02/26 Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
02/28 Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
03/03 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
03/05 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
03/07 Portland, OR – Moda Center
03/09 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
03/11 Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum
03/13 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
03/15 Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
03/17 Winnipeg, MB – Canada Life Centre
03/19 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
03/20 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
03/22 Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premiere Center
03/28 Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
03/30 St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
04/01 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
04/02 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

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