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De La Rocha leaving RATM

Wednesday, October 18, 2000 2:38 PM PT

After nine years with the band, Zack De La Rocha has announced his departure from Rage Against The Machine. In a statement released today (10/18), De La Rocha cited the lack of communication amongst Rage's members: "I feel that it is now necessary to leave Rage because our decision-making process has completely failed. It is no longer meeting the aspirations of all four of us collectively as a band, and from my perspective, has undermined our artistic and political ideal. I am extremely proud of our work, both as activists and musicians, as well as indebted and grateful to every person who has expressed solidarity and shared this incredible experience with us." Epic Records has said that it is saddened by the news, and that it still plans to release Rage's live/cover album on November 21. Rage guitarist Tom Morello told MTV News he agrees that "the decision-making process has broken down for everyone. I have no hard feelings, and we wish Zack well with his [solo] project. But everyone is excited about the 29 tracks that [Rage] have in the can, and some of it will be released in the fall." Other reports indicate that despite Zack's departure, the remaining three members, Tom Morello, Tim C, and Brad Wilk plan to stay together.

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