Tim Commerford of RATM fights Wakrat bandmate

bassist tim commerfordTim Commerford of RATM fights Wakrat bandmate

Bassist attacks drummer Mathias Wakrat onstage during tour finale

By David Sands
October 20, 2016

Tim Commerford, who plays bass with Rage Against The Machine and Prophets of Rage, recently got into an onstage scrap with the drummer from his other band Wakrat.

The incident took place Oct. 16, as Wakrat was wrapping up its tour with Prophets of Rage in Chula Vista, California. Following an episode where he flipped off the crowd and insulted a member of the audience with a receding hairline, Commerford took off his bass and dived right into drummer Mathias Wakrat and his drum kit as he was playing. The two of them proceeded to brawl, wrestling around on the stage and knocking part of the drummer’s kit over in the process. (SEE VIDEO FOOTAGE CAPTURED BY YOUTUBE USER BRIAN STORM BELOW.)

Apparently, the melee didn’t cause any lasting bad feelings, though, as the two can be seen palling it up in a photo after the show. Scrapes can be seen on Commerford’s face, however, illustrating the seriousness of the fight.

The bassist explained his side of the story in a recent interview with Loudwire.

“During that last show, there was a difference of opinion on who f–ked up [a song],” he said. “And he’s an intense dude and so am I (laughs), so there was eye contact made where he was like, ‘Dude what are you doing?’…And so afterward, I just went after him and just leaped over his drums to sort of get to him and ended up hitting his back. I don’t know how I got that many cuts on my face, but that’s the way it goes when you mix an American and two French people together. Ultimately, that s–t’s gonna happen.”

Along with Commerford and Wakrat the prog-punk trio is rounded out by guitarist Laurent Grangeon. Wakrat’s full-length album debut comes out Nov. 16. The group will be celebrating with a launch party show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California.

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