Rage Against The Machine's Tim Commerford reveals cancer battle
Rage Against The Machine’s Tim Commerford reveals private battle with prostate cancer: ‘Dealing with some pretty serious s***’
Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford has revealed that he has been privately battling prostate cancer.
The 54-year-old musician opened up about his health with Spin magazine on Monday just two months after the iconic rock band was forced to cancel their North American tour.
Tim got candid as he told the publication: ‘I’ve been dealing with some pretty serious s***.
Sad: Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford (pictured performing in New York City back in August) has revealed that he has been privately battling prostate cancer
‘Right before I was about to go on tour with Rage, I had my prostate removed, and I have prostate cancer.’
Tim has always been in good shape as he has been performing for decades in sleeveless tops and even shirtless but the star talked about how the disease can come for anyone.
He explained: ‘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 lucky or not.’
Bond: The 54-year-old musician opened up about health with Spin magazine on Monday two months after the iconic rock band was forced to cancel their North American tour (pictured from left to right in February 1993: Zack De La Rocha, Tim , Brad Wilk, and Tom Morello)
At the time of publication only family, bandmates, and close friends knew of Tim’s diagnosis.
The bassist got candid about his condition as he said that he has started to wonder if every feeling, physical change, and pretty much anything going on in his body or mind has to do with having cancer.
He explained: ‘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’: The bassist (pictured in September 2017) got candid about his condition as he said that he has started to wonder if every feeling, physical change, and pretty much anything going on in his body or mind has to do with having cancer
‘It’s hard to disconnect from that and when you’re forced into that situation, it’s a brutal psychological journey.’
Tim said he has been trying to find support groups but it hasn’t been an easy task on top of the fact of how hard it has been on his body.
He explained: ‘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 s***, but psychologically, the damage is severe. It’s very hard for me to not break down and get emotional.’
Back in October, it was announced that his legendary rock band Rage Against The Machine would not be able to continue their North American Tour after lead singer Zack de la Rocha tore is Achilles tendon.
Rage Against The Machine’s North American tour had originally announced in 2019 but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the timeline back.
They kicked off the tour in July with support of hip-hop duo Run The Jewels before it was ultimately postponed once again.
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