TOM MORELLO says RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's future is up in the air | Revolver

TOM MORELLO says RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's future is up in the air

"If there is to be any more shows, we will announce it as a band"

Tom Morello doesn't know what the future has in store for Rage Against the Machine. After announcing a huge reunion tour in 2019 that was postponed three times due to the pandemic, the band made their triumphant return to the stage in the summer of 2022, only for frontman Zack de la Rocha to seriously injure his leg during the second show. He ended up heroically powering through the rest of the summer North American run, but the band were sadly forced to cancel the remainder of their 2022 and 2023 tour dates for the singer to heal his "severely compromised" leg injury.

Since then, the band haven't offered any updates about their current status, but in a new interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Tom Morello opened up about the total uncertainty of Rage Against the Machine's future.

After chatting about Rage's nomination for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, ticket prices and the energy of their 2022 shows, the interviewer asked if they're planning to get back on the road once de la Rocha is all healed up.

"We'll see," Morello answered. "If there is to be any more shows, we will announce it as a band. I don't know. I know as much as you do, honestly. Right now we're in [a] time of healing. I'm in a time of making music and doing a bunch of stuff."

"To bring it back to the Hall of Fame conversation," Morello continued. "If there never is another show, I think that this tour made the case. It's not about how much you tour. It's about what it's like during those moments when you do. Rage Against the Machine has played 19 shows in the past 12 years. And the resonance of those 19 shows feel, in talking to fans, like those were historical events that further the idea of what that band is like live onstage."

From here, the interviewer pressed Morello repeatedly about giving a committed answer to Rage's current status as a band. The guitarist deflected over and over again, claiming that he simply doesn't know what their next move is, and that there is "no news" to report on any future shows. That said, he also clarified that RATM aren't officially "on hiatus" or broken up — they're just ... well, Morello himself doesn't even really seem to know.

"I think I said it very clearly. If Rage Against the Machine was going on a hiatus, Rage Against the Machine would say, 'We're going on a hiatus,'" Morello said. "That has not happened. I will say that I understand and respect the frustration. There is a sort of frustration to not knowing when you're in the band!"