This Day in Music 26.02.2016
Timothy Robert Commerford was born on February 26, 1968 in Irvine, California, U.S.. While attending grade school in his hometown Tim met Zach de la Rocha. When Tim was 15, Zach turned him on to playing bass and Tim found an outlet in music. When Zach crossed paths with Harvard educated guitar virtuoso Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk, the quartet formed the legendary rap metal outfit, Rage Against The Machine.
The group released 4 studio albums (Rage Against The Machine, Evil Empire, The Battle of Los Angeles and Renegades) and earned two Grammy awards before disbanding in 2000 when Zach left the band to pursue a solo career.
The remaining members of RATM jammed with former Soundgarden frontman and soloist Chris Cornell. The result was so explosive that they decided to form a new band, Audioslave. The superband released their debut album in November of 2002.
On February 15, 2007, Chris Cornell officially announced his departure from Audioslave, thus disbanding the group. On April 29, 2007, Rage Against the Machine reunited at the Coachella Music Festival.
Since 2013 and 2015, Commerford has been the lead singer and bassist of the bands Future User and Wakrat, respectively.