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Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk says band won't tour or perform live again

Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk announces band won't tour again, marking the third breakup in two decades.

In a recent social media post, Brad Wilk, the drummer for Rage Against the Machine, announced that the band will not be touring or performing live again. This marks the third time in the last two decades that the group has disbanded, likely disappointing many fans.

The decision comes after the band canceled the remainder of their North American tour in 2022 due to frontman Zack de La Rocha tearing his left Achilles tendon. In his Instagram post, Wilk expressed that he does not want to lead fans on or prolong the situation any further. He also thanked fans for their support and apologized to those who were hoping for future performances.

This latest announcement adds to the band's history of temporary breakups. Rage Against the Machine first disbanded in 2000 when Rocha announced his departure, citing a failed decision-making process. They reunited in 2007 to play at Coachella and continued to tour until 2011. After splitting again that year, the band announced their return in 2019 to headline a tour in 2020, which was later postponed to 2022 due to the pandemic.

The news also follows the band's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where they were introduced by Ice-T. During the ceremony, guitarist Tom Morello called for a world "without compromise or apologies."

Known for their outspoken leftist views, Rage Against the Machine made headlines in 2022 when they displayed pro-abortion images and text during a reunion concert after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Since their formation in 1991 and the release of their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album in 1992, the band has achieved commercial success and won two Grammy Awards. Their debut album was also recognized on Rolling Stone's list of 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003.

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