Rage Against The Machine Bassist Says ISIS Aren’t Real, Rage May Play Again & Zack Is Working On A New Album


Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford had a lengthy chat with and once again will no doubt stir up some controversy with his comments. In particular, Commerford doesn’t believe militant group ISIS/ISIL are real:

“I don’t believe ISIS is real. ISIS has been an inspiration for a lot of the songs that I wrote with Wakrat. I don’t believe that all the different factions in the Middle East have gotten together and said, “OK, we all hate each other and we all hate America, so let’s all put on the ISIS uniform and join forces and just become ISIS.” That’s a bunch of shit. I don’t believe the Jihadi John beheading video. Go look at those videos and study them, and see if you don’t think they’re fake.”

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When asked about the videos, he added:

“They’re not real. They’re high-def. They have a soundtrack. The parts of those videos that you couldn’t fake are edited out. At first, I thought it was edited out by our government so our kids wouldn’t be seeing it on the Internet, but no. That’s the way those videos came. The knife starts to cut the neck, and then it fades out. There’s too much stuff that doesn’t look real. They’ve edited out the parts that would be too hard to fake. We created Jihadi John and ISIS so we can go drop bombs.”

Commerford also went on to discount the moon landings during the conversation. On a lighter note, when asked about the band potentially being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, he offered:

“If Rage gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it’ll be interesting to see who shows up. I think it’s pretty obvious. I think there’s somebody who’s going to show up and somebody who’s not going to show up and maybe somebody who’s going to show up with an enema filled with food coloring and shit all over the red carpet.”

When asked if the band would play the hypothetical induction ceremony:

“Anything’s possible. We are still a band, and we still might play again. We don’t have anything scheduled right now, but you never know what the future will bring.”

He also spoke of Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha, who is apparently still laboring over a full-length album from his One Day As A Lion project:

“He’s been working his ass off here in the last couple of years. The kid is an amazing musician. He built a studio in his house, and he’s there all the time making a One Day As A Lion full album. That’s his band, and he’s a “one band” kind of guy.”

Most recently Commerford has been spending his time playing in Wakrat and Future User. For more from him, his theory on the moon landings and more, head to

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