Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford has been making headlines this week for a series of bold statements and various bits of news pertaining to his many musical endeavors. After apologizing for having inspired bands like Limp Bizkit in an in-depth interview with Rolling Stone, the 47-year-old musician also touched on several other topics like the state of current rock music, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and his Rage bandmates.
When the conversation shifted to politics, Commerford admitted his conspiracy theorist leanings, telling Rolling Stone, “You don't really want to get me started on this.” The interviewer did, however, and without even being questioned about the terrorist group ISIS, Commerford took it upon himself to delve into the topic. “I don't believe ISIS is real. ISIS has been an inspiration for a lot of the songs that I wrote with Wakrat. I don't believe that all the different factions in the Middle East have gotten together and said, 'OK, we all hate each other and we all hate America, so let's all put on the ISIS uniform and join forces and just become ISIS.' That's a bunch of shit. I don't believe the Jihadi John beheading video. Go look at those videos and study them, and see if you don't think they're fake.”
He went on: “They're not real. They're high-def. They have a soundtrack. The parts of those videos that you couldn't fake are edited out. At first, I thought it was edited out by our government so our kids wouldn't be seeing it on the Internet, but no. That's the way those videos came. The knife starts to cut the neck, and then it fades out. There's too much stuff that doesn't look real. They've edited out the parts that would be too hard to fake. We created Jihadi John and ISIS so we can go drop bombs.” When asked about those who ISIS claimed to have killed, he said, “They were already dead.”
On not being phased by the skepticism and mockery that tends to be aimed at conspiracy theorists, Commerford states, “I say, 'Question everything.' It feels good to find information that doesn't mesh out. I'm into it. I'm proud of who I am.”
On a lighter note, Commerford assures us that RATM is still a thing. “We are still a band, and we still might play again. We don't have anything scheduled right now, but you never know what the future will bring.”