Rage Against the Machine’s Tim Commerford diagnosed with cancer

Last Modified: 9th Sep

Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford has revealed his prostate cancer diagnosis which he had kept a secret.

The 54-year-old shared that he was diagnosed with cancer in May 2022, just two months before he was set to start their reunion tour.

Commerford said in an interview with Spin, “I’ve been dealing with some pretty serious s–t. Right before I was about to go on tour with Rage, I had my prostate removed, and I have prostate cancer.”

The rocker also shared that his only close friends, girlfriend, and his bandmates knew about the harrowing diagnosis. He wasn't even keen on sharing the news in the interview if it were not for another legendary band.

“I was with my girlfriend and we were watching the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on TV. Duran Duran was on and I was like, ‘Ah, f–k, I used to learn those songs when I was a kid.’ I saw them on stage and wondered, where’s Andy Taylor and why do they have this other guy in here?! Then it was like, ‘Andy Taylor is suffering from Stage 4 prostate cancer and is unable to make it.’ “My life is sort of like that. There are a lot of people who have it. There are a lot of people who are like, ‘Where do you go?’ You can’t talk to a therapist. You can only really talk to someone who’s going through it,” he said.

Tim Commerford (Image: Getty Images)

He continued, “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. I hope there’s one person who reads this and is like, ‘F–k, I need to get checked out’ when they find out about it.”

Although he is determined to keep a positive mindset, Tim Commerford has admitted that it is also mentally changeling.

“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,” Commerford said.

“I’m trying to get to the 100-song mark — I have some goals now,” he replied. “Songwriting has become a catharsis for me. Back to the original question, how do I find the time? That’s all I’ve got, is time.”

He has been recording music for his other band, 7D7D.

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