Rage Towards the Machine bassist Tim Commerford is battling prostate most cancers.
“I have been coping with some fairly severe shit,” the 54-year-old musician informed Spin. “Proper earlier than I used to be about to go on tour with Rage, I had my prostate eliminated, and I’ve prostate most cancers.”
The sculpted, high-octane Commerford stated he is all the time been “somebody that is taken a whole lot of pleasure in being in form and caring for myself nevertheless it’s one thing the place … you are both fortunate or not.”
Rage Towards the Machine launched the beforehand delayed Public Service Announcement tour in July, marking their first outing in additional than a decade. Commerford participated within the trek regardless of his docs’ predictions that he would not be match for the highway. “Two months earlier than the tour, I had surgical procedure and my docs stated I wasn’t going to be prepared,” he mirrored. “That was brutal. I might be on stage my amp in tears. You then simply type of flip round and suck it up.”
They ended up reducing the tour quick after 19 reveals when Zack de la Rocha struggled to beat a torn Achilles tendon he suffered in the course of the second present of the tour. Rage had tried adapting their stage present, which additionally impacted Commerford.
“As a result of of Zack’s damage, we had deliberate these little video interstitials that got here in between blocks of songs,” he defined. “We had been meant to go on stage, play some songs, go off stage, and on to the interstitials for a couple of minutes. It was seamless. Then he received damage and we could not go away the stage. So in the course of the interstitials, we’re simply sitting there. That was surreal. I might typically sit down and attempt to not take into consideration sure issues. It was bizarre. I stored it to myself all through the touring we did and it was brutal.”
Commerford stated his most cancers analysis has taken him on a “brutal psychological journey” that is additionally concerned a few of the worst bodily ache he is ever skilled. For now, nevertheless, he is feeling wholesome and optimistic. “I simply received my six-month take a look at, and it got here again at zero,” he stated. “I used to be like, ‘Fuck yeah!’ That is one of the best I can really feel for the remainder of my life. On daily basis I get nearer to that take a look at is like, ‘Fuck man, is that this going to be the time when the quantity goes to go up and I’ll the subsequent factor – no matter that’s?’ I already went via some ache and shit, and I am persevering with to undergo, like, some loopy shit.”
He is additionally taken solace in music, together with his new facet mission 7D7D. The facility trio launched their first single, “Capitalism,” final month. “The glass is half-full. That’s the great thing about songwriting and bass enjoying,” Commerford stated. “When my mother was sick, that’s after I discovered find out how to play bass. After I was on stage with Rage, there have been occasions that I wasn’t fascinated with most cancers for moments. After I play in 7D7D with [drummer] Mathias [Wakrat] within the studio, I do not care what we’re doing. I am going right into a trance, and I simply utterly neglect about it. And it is so lovely.
“After I get up within the morning, it is like, ‘Oh, it is a new day. Dope!’ Then it is like, ‘Oh fuck, I’ve most cancers’ – and you may’t cease it,” Commerford continued. “It places a darkish cloud on the day. After I go jam with Mathias, I simply tune out and it feels so good. Music has all the time been there within the hardest of occasions.”
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