Rage Against the Machine’s Tim Commerford has prostate most cancers

Bassist Tim Commerford is the most recent Rage Against the Machine musician battling well being points. In a brand new Spin interview revealed Monday, the musician revealed his personal battle with prostate most cancers.

“I’ve been dealing with some pretty serious s—,” Commerford, 54, informed the music outlet. “Right before I was about to go on tour with Rage, I had my prostate removed, and I have prostate cancer.”

Commerford, who has been with the rap-rock group since its formation in 1991, detailed his struggles with the situation.

Commerford informed Spin that he first discovered about his most cancers when he tried to register for all times insurance coverage. He stated he didn’t qualify on account of excessive numbers in his PSA (prostate-specific antigen) screening.

After the PSA quantity saved rising, Commerford stated his docs carried out a biopsy and confirmed the most cancers. His medical group then extracted his prostate earlier than the band reunited for its tour in July 2022. Nevertheless, his docs didn’t suppose he was “going to be ready to perform.”

“I would be on stage looking at my amp in tears,” he stated. “Then you just kind of turn around and suck it up.”

Commerford known as his most cancers prognosis “a brutal psychological journey.” He additionally shared that each his mother and father battled and succumbed to most cancers.

Regardless of the emotional, bodily and psychological misery Commerford skilled, he stated he discovered “catharsis” in songwriting.

“It’s been hard for me to imagine cancer and getting anything good out of it,” he stated. “But there’s this little light at the end of the tunnel that I’m seeing right now where I feel like I can get some really solid goodness from it in other areas.”

In October, Rage Against the Machine introduced that it has canceled its North American 2023 tour on account of singer Zack de la Rocha‘s knee injury. During a Chicago performance in July, De la Rocha was carried offstage after repeatedly attempting to put weight on his leg, according to Consequence of Sound.

“It’s not merely a query of with the ability to carry out once more, however extends to primary performance going ahead,” he stated in an announcement.