Say what you will about Rage Against the Machine, but no one could call their ongoing "Public Service Announcement" reunion tour uneventful. As if the rap-metal agitators playing their first shows in over 10 years wasn't big news enough, the trek has been spiked by mishaps and injuries.
First, on just the second stop of the tour, Zack de la Rocha injured his leg — the vocalist has been performing mostly sitting down ever since. Then Saturday (July 23rd) in Toronto, a fan rushed the stage during the final song of the night, "Killing in the Name," and amid the chaos, security accidentally tackled guitarist Tom Morello, knocking him down and off the front of the stage. The incident occurs around the 1:00 mark in the video above, and can be seen in the clips below, as well.
It took a second for de la Rocha to notice what had happened, but once he did, he quickly stopped the performance: "Hold up! Hold up!" Fortunately, Morello did not appear to be seriously hurt, and scrambled to his feet, pumping his fists for the exultant crowd — and to the vocalist's celebratory roars. RATM quickly regrouped and re-started the song, finishing the show on a triumphant note.
The incident overshadowed what would have been the headline coming out of the last night's concert: Rage debuting a live cover of Run the Jewels' "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" with openers Run the Jewels. Watch below.
The "Public Service Announcement" tour is set to continue tomorrow (July 25th) in Buffalo, New York.
@tmorello Tom Morello falling off stage at @ScotiabankArena in Toronto with Rage Against The Machine after getting clipped by security trying to stop a fan rushing the stage for what looked like a stage dive attempt. pic.twitter.com/yg2bp1LUMY— JustinBurry (@burry_justin) July 24, 2022
Some dude rushed the stage at the Rage Against the Machine concert in Toronto tonight and security tackled him, knocking Tom Morello off the stage. My friend @cambritton caught part of it on vid. Scary stuff! Could’ve hurt him bad! Tom came back on stage and tore the roof off pic.twitter.com/ReNN3N83La— Andrew Hunt (@AndrewHunt311) July 24, 2022