Rage Against the Machine postpones reunion gigs over coronavirus

Only a month after announcing its upcoming reunion tour, Rage Against the Machine (RATM) has postponed the initial spring portion of the trek due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

The political rap-rock group confirmed the news via Instagram on Thursday.

Twenty-one shows on the long-awaited Public Service Announcement tour — including two already delayed Coachella Music Festival headliner gigs — have been affected by the outbreak, including three Canadian gigs in Vancouver (May 1), Edmonton (May 3) and Calgary (May 5).

“Due to the current outbreak and ban on public gatherings, we are postponing the first part of our tour (March 26th – May 20th),” the band’s statement read, noting that special guest act Run the Jewels will not be playing, either.


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“The safety and health of those who come to our shows is of the utmost importance to us,” the band wrote.

The latter half of the Public Service Announcement tour, however, has not been affected by the decision — at least not as of this writing — including five additional Canadian dates across four different cities: Ottawa (July 17), Quebec City (July 18), Hamilton (July 21) and Toronto (July 23-24).

“As it stands, the July and August tour is still on, and we will be in touch soon about rescheduled dates,” confirmed the Vietnow rockers.

Additionally, they have confirmed that all previously purchased tickets will be honoured at the soon-to-be rescheduled shows.

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