Lance Armstrong features in the video for the new song from Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford’s current band Future User.
Tour de France champion Armstrong was banned from competitive cycling after he was found to have been using performance enhancing drugs. His cameo in the video for the song ‘Mountain Lion’ is a comment on “the misplaced outrage over performance-enhancing drugs” writes Rolling Stone. “The amount of attention given to PEDs is incredible, especially when you consider the amount of drugs – recreational, illegal and pharmaceutical – that America supports and profits from,” says Commerford.
In the video, which you can see above, a masked man takes drugs before going out on his skateboard. Armstrong features in the end of the promo, talking on the phone about his cycling prowess.
Rolling Stone reports that Armstrong and Commerford are friends and often cycle together. “Lance is a friend, an awesome person and, as far as I’m concerned, a punk rocker. We’re ‘cycling buddies’… We’ll jokingly leave each other voice messages like, ‘Dude, I’m gonna crush you the next time I see you. I’m gonna take you down.’ I thought it’d be cool to put one of his voice messages in the song. When it came time to make the video, I asked him to recreate the voicemail and he was totally cool with it,” says Commerford.
Last year Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk claimed that the band have played their last show together. The group have not performed together since their set at LA Rising Festival in 2011 and, according Wilk they are unlikely to play again in the future.
“As far as I know, we played our last show in 2011 at the Coliseum, and if that was our last show, that’s a good way to go out,” said Wilk. “I had sort of had to put it in my head that that band is over in order for me to just move on with my life, to be honest with you, so that’s kind of where that lies. The Coliseum — awesome way to go out.”