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Thursday, 19 October, 2000, 13:26 GMT
Rage frontman quits band
Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine: The band will go on despite Zack's (far right) absence
Zack de la Rocha, lead singer of Rage Against The Machine, has quit the band after weeks of speculation.

The singer has blamed a total breakdown of the band's "decision-making process" as the cause.

Tim Commerford
Low point: Tim Commerford clambers on to the MTV stage
In a statement, Rocha said that problems in the band "undermined our artistic and political ideal".

The band, who appeared at this year's Reading Festival, are known for their political sloganeering and anti-establishment stance.

The frontman's departure caps a miserable year for the band which has suffered cancelled tours and controversy at the MTV music awards.

Bassist Tim Commerford clambered on stage at the ceremony and had to be removed by security.

However, Zack de la Rocha said he was proud of the band's achievements.

'No hard feelings'

"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."

Guitarist Tom Morello responded: "I have no hard feelings and we wish Zack well with his [solo] project."

The remaining members have agreed to continue as a band.

Earlier this year, a tour with the Beastie Boys was cancelled when the Beastie's Mike D injured his shoulder.

Concerts on America's West Coast were cancelled and re-scheduled twice.

The band's record company, Epic, is planning to release a Rage Against The Machine album of cover versions in early December and there is also a live album for release next year.

Zack is currently working on a solo project with DJ Shadow, The Roots and Roni Size.

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