Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello was accidentally tackled onstage by venue security during the band’s concert at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, which also featured hip-hop heavy hitters Run the Jewels, on Saturday.
The incident occurred as RATM, now in the midst of the extensive 12-country, 51-date Public Service Announcement tour with Run the Jewels, played the band’s 1992 hit and Guitar Hero favorite “Killing in the Name”. After a stage-crasher jumped onstage, venue security leapt into action to protect the band, but the security guard seemed to lose his balance as he crashed into Morello midway through the song.
Morello fell forward off the stage with the much larger security officer tumbling behind him. The two struggled to get up as Morello’s guitar rang out uncontrolled. Vocalist Zack de la Rocha, who is still performing seated after suffering an onstage foot injury at the second show of the tour, stopped the performance to check on his bandmate. Morello quickly stood up and enthusiastically gestured to the crowd indicating that he was okay, drawing laughter from de la Rocha. “Let’s take care of one another, now,” the singer said as the band restarted “Killing in the Name” from the top.
Tom Morello Tackled By Security During “Killing In The Name” – 7/23/22
[Video: Michael Coristine]
Saturday’s show also included a surprise collaboration between both groups on the bill, with Run the Jewels joining Rage Against the Machine to perform “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)”, a track off Run the Jewels 2 that featured Zack de la Rocha. Watch fan-shot footage of the collaboration and checkout the setlist from the show below.
Rage Against the Machine With Run the Jewels – “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)” – 7/23/22
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Setlist: Rage Against The Machine | Scotiabank Arena | Toronto, ON, Canada | 7/23/22
Set: Bombtrack, People of the Sun, Bulls on Parade, Bullet in the Head, Testify (With Revolver Intro), No Shelter, Wake Up, Guerrilla Radio, Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck) (Run the Jewels) (with Run the Jewels) (live debut by RATM), Vietnow, Know Your Enemy, Calm Like a Bomb, Sleep Now in the Fire, War Within a Breath, The Ghost of Tom Joad (Bruce Springsteen), Freedom, Township Rebellion (bridge only) > Killing in the Name (Tom Morello tackled by security guard, falls off stage), Killing in the Name (Restarted)