Rage Against the Machine’s covid-delayed reunion tour is finally underway. Unfortunately, during their second show at Chicago’s United Center, lead singer Zack de la Rocha appears to have injured his leg on stage.
de la Rocha became injured 4 songs into the set. A video taken during a performance of “Bullet in the Head” seemingly shows when he was injured. We see him jumping around on stage before then quickly moving towards a monitor to brace himself. De la Rocha then walks back to the drum platform but seems to be struggling. Once he made it back to the platform remained braced against it for the rest of the song.
Concert attendees say once the song was over, he was carried off the stage by members of the band’s crew. After a brief intermission de la Rocha returned to the stage to finish their set while seated on a monitor.
“I don’t know what happened to my leg right now,” de la Rocha said after coming back on stage. “Straight up, but you know what? We’re gonna keep this fucking shit going. I can crawl across this stage. We’re gonna play for you all tonight.”
Staying seated had to be tough considering de la Rocha is known for his energetic and passionate performances. More footage of the show was taken during a performance of “Testify,” and later posted to Consequence’s official Twitter account. In this footage, we can see de la Rocha bouncing around barely able to contain his energy while seated.
In another video, taken later on in the concert, he attempts to fully stand up. But de la Rocha is holding onto another monitor for support the entire time and can’t seem to put any weight on his left leg. He eventually returns to the seated position and this apparently happened several times during the rest of the show. Once the concert ended his band mates carried him off stage.
Rage Against the Machine has yet to comment on this incident. So there is no word on if it will affect other stops on the tour.