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Tim Commerford Of Rage Against The Machine & 7D7D

Rage Against The Machine Bassist Tim Commerford Reveals His Private Battle With Prostate Cancer, Debuts New 7D7D Track “Misinformed”


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Rage Against The Machine, etc. bassist Tim Commerford has revealed that he has been up until now privately battling prostate cancer this year. The 54-year-old musician opened up on his health struggles in a new interview with Spin, revealing that he underwent surgery to have his prostate removed earlier this year. In fact, he underwent the surgery just two months prior to the the aforementioned band launching their long-awaited reunion tour this past July.

Commerford told the aforementioned publication of his condition:

“I’ve been dealing with some pretty serious shit. Right before I was about to go on tour with Rage, I had my prostate removed, and I have prostate cancer. I’ve been someone that’s taken a lot of pride in being in shape and taking care of myself. But it’s something where either you’re either lucky or not.”

He also spoke of his outlook in the face of the disease, offering:

“You can find yourself in a situation like I’m in where it’s like, fuck, my whole life changed. With everything that happens to me now, I wonder, am I feeling this way because I have cancer? Am I losing my hair because I have cancer? Whatever it is, it makes me wonder if it’s happening because I have cancer.

And prostate cancer is a very, very, very tough one because it’s connected to your sexuality. It’s hard to disconnect from that and when you’re forced into that situation, it’s a brutal psychological journey. I’ve been trying to find support groups, and it’s hard to find people and hard to talk about it.

The suffering part of it, the physical suffering after the surgery, I’ve never felt pain quite like that. I have metal plates in my head and cadaver parts in my body. I’ve done a lot of damage through sports and mountain biking and this sort of thing and I’ve always felt like I had a really high tolerance for pain, and that shit brought me to my knees.

After the pain went away, I still haven’t really been able to get up, even though I’m working out and doing shit, but psychologically, the damage is severe. It’s very hard for me to not break down and get emotional.”

Commerford, who lost both of his parents to cancer, said he became aware of his condition while attempting to get life insurance. At present, it would appear that his surgery was successful, as he revealed he recently had encouraging test results:

“I just got my six-month test, and it came back at zero. I was like, ‘Fuck yeah!’ That’s the best I can feel for the rest of my life. Every day I get closer to that test is like, ‘Fuck man, is this going to be the time when the number is going to go up and I’m going to the next thing, whatever that is?’ I already went through some pain and shit. And I’m continuing to go through like, some crazy shit.”

When asked about how he felt while touring with Rage Against The Machine so soon after the surgery earlier this year, he offered:

“Two months before the tour, I had surgery and my doctors said I wasn’t going to be ready. That was brutal. I would be on stage looking at my amp in tears. Then you just kind of turn around and suck it up. Because of Zack’s injury, we had planned these little video interstitials that came in between blocks of songs.

We were meant to go on stage, play some songs, go off stage, and on to the interstitials for a few minutes. It was seamless. Then he got hurt and we couldn’t leave the stage. So during the interstitials, we’re just sitting there. That was surreal. I would sometimes sit down and try to not think about certain things. It was weird. I kept it to myself throughout the touring we did and it was brutal.”

You can find a whole lot more on his cancer journey over at Spin. Meanwhile, he has also shared another single from his latest project 7D7D. According to the man himself, the group have close to 20 songs written for that project. Below you can stream their latest offering, “Misinformed“:

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