Rage Against the Machine’s Tim Commerford reveals cancer diagnosis

Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford is secretly battling prostate cancer.

The 54-year-old rocker revealed his illness in an interview with Spin published Monday. He said he was diagnosed two months before the band was due to begin their reunion tour in July.

“I’m dealing with some pretty serious issues,” Commerford said. “Just before I wanted to tour with Rage, I had my prostate removed and I have prostate cancer.”

Only his bandmates, close friends and girlfriend knew about his health issues prior to the interview, and Commerford said he wasn’t even sure he wanted to talk about it until another iconic band inspired him.

“I was with my girlfriend and we were watching the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on TV. Duran Duran was there and I was like, ‘Ah, fk, I used to learn those songs when I was a kid.’ I saw them on stage and I was like where is Andy Taylor and why do you have this other guy in here?! Then it was like, ‘Andy Taylor has stage 4 prostate cancer and can’t make it.’

“My life is something like that,” he continued. “There are a lot of people who have it. There are many people asking, ‘Where are you going?’ You can’t talk to a therapist. You can only really talk to someone who is going through this.”

Commerford added that while he takes pride in being in shape and taking care of his body, he explained: “I was someone who took a lot of pride in being in shape and taking care of myself. But it’s something where you either get lucky or you don’t.”

Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk and Zack de la Rocha perform at MSG.
Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk and Zack de la Rocha perform at MSG.
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“I hope there’s a person who reads this and says, ‘Fk, I need to get checked’ when they find out about this,” he said.

While trying to be positive, Commerford admitted the illness was mentally difficult.

“Whatever it is, I’m wondering if it’s happening because I have cancer, and prostate cancer is a very, very, very difficult thing because it’s related to your sexuality. It’s hard to break away from that, and when you’re forced into that situation, it’s a brutal psychological journey,” he said.

Tim Commerford performs live on stage as part of Prophets Of Rage at The O2 Forum Kentish Town on November 13, 2017 in London, England.
Tim Commerford performs live on stage as part of Prophets Of Rage at The O2 Forum Kentish Town on November 13, 2017 in London, England.
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But the music gets him through. Commerford has also recorded music for his other band, 7D7D.

“I’m trying to hit the 100 song mark – I have some goals now,” he replied when asked about his positivity. “Songwriting has become a catharsis for me. Back to the original question, how do I find the time? That’s all I have is time.”

https://nypost.com/2022/12/12/rage-against-the-machines-tim-commerford-reveals-cancer-diagnosis/ Rage Against the Machine’s Tim Commerford reveals cancer diagnosis

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