Rage Against The Machine Tim Comerford is secretly battling prostate cancer.
The 54-year-old rocker revealed his illness in an interview with Spin on Monday. He said he was diagnosed two months before the band began their reunion tour in July.
“I’m dealing with some very serious situations,” Comerford said. “Right before I went on tour with Fury, I had my prostate removed, and I had prostate cancer.”
Only his bandmates, close friends and girlfriends knew about his health issues before the interview, and Comerford said he wasn’t even sure he wanted to talk about it until another legendary band approached him. to inspire
“I was with my girlfriend and we were watching the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on TV. Duran’s tour was on and I was like, ‘Oh, f—k, I learned that song when I was a kid.’ ‘ I saw them on stage and I was like, where’s Andy Taylor and why do they have this other guy here?! Then it was like, ‘Andy Taylor has stage 4 prostate cancer and he’s not going to make it.’
“My life is one of a kind,” he continued. “There’s a lot of people who have it. There’s a lot of people who are like, ‘Where are you going?’ You can’t talk to a therapist. You can only really talk to someone who’s going through it.
Comerford also added that while he prides himself on being in shape and taking care of his body, he explained: “I used to be someone who took a lot of pride in being in shape and taking care of myself. But this is something This is where you either get lucky or you don’t.
“I hope there’s somebody who reads this and is like, ‘F–k, I’ve got to check it out’ when they find out about it,” he said.
While he tries to keep a positive attitude about it all, Comerford admits that the illness has been mentally difficult.
“Anyway, it surprises me that this is happening because I have cancer, and prostate cancer is a very, very, very difficult thing because it’s tied to your gender. It’s hard to separate from that and when You’re forced into this situation, it’s a brutal psychological journey,” he said.
But the music eludes him. Comerford has also recorded music for his other band, 7D7D.
“I’m trying to reach the 100-song mark – I have some goals now,” he replied when asked about his positive outlook. “Songwriting has become a catharsis for me. Back to the original question, how do I find time? That’s all I have, time.