Basic Background Info

Birth: September 5, 1968
Location: Portland, Oregon
Band: Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Puscifer, Greta
Genres: Rock, Alternative, Metal, Funk
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician



Best known for his work with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, Brad Wilk started playing the drums at age thirteen. The following year, Brad Wilk received his first drum kit.

Before Rage, Brad Wilk was the drummer for the band Lock Up, who released one album in 1989 titled Something Bitchin' This Way Comes. Lock Up broke up after the album received little attention. The band's guitarist Tom Morello wanted to pick up where theyíd left off and decided to create a new band. Morello contacted Brad Wilk, who was playing in a band called Greta, to see if he was interested in joining his new band. Brad Wilk agreed and the two joined forces. Shortly after, Wilk and Morello met childhood friends Zack de la Rocha and Tim Commerford. Morello, Wilk, de la Rocha, and Commerford then became Rage Against the Machine.

The band played the Los Angeles club circuit before landing a record deal with Epic Records in 1992. That year they released their self titled debut. Rage Against the Machine quickly found a large fan base and phenomenal success. They continued to perform and release albums until, in late 2000, Zack de la Rocha decided to leave the band.

Audioslave was formed when the remaining members of Rage Against the Machine teamed up with former Soundgarden frontman, Chris Cornell. They began working in the studio together in 2001 but briefly split in 2002. Their 2002 debut reached triple platinum status. When Audioslave played a free concert in Cuba they were the first American rock band to play in the communist country. Unfortunately, when Cornell left the band in 2007 the entire band dismantled.

The same year, Rage Against the Machine reunited for the annual Coachella Music Festival. They turned their temporary reunion performance into a reunion tour including the Hip Hop festival, Rock the Bells, a concert at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre with Queens of the Stone Age, the New Orleans Voodoo Music Experience, the Las Vegas Vegoose Festival, Big Day Out festival in New Zealand, and shows in both Australia and Japan.

Aside from Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, Brad Wilk worked on the 1994 Kiss tribute album, Kiss My Ass, with Morello, Maynard James Keenan of Tool, and Billy Gould of Faith No More. Along with Tim Commerford, he also worked with Keenan on his side project Puscifer. Wilk composed the song, "Snoop Bounce" for Snoop Dogg's album, Death Row's Greatest Hits.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1992 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
1994 Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved Various Artists
1995 Crow Original Soundtrack
1996 Evil Empire Rage Against the Machine
1997 Tibetan Freedom Concert Various Artists
1998 Live & Rare Rage Against the Machine
1999 Battle of Los Angeles Rage Against the Machine
1999 Guerilla Radio Rage Against the Machine
1999 M.O.M., Vol. 3: Music for Our Mother Ocean Various Artists
1999 Rock: Train Kept a Rollin' Various Artists
2000 Battle of Los Angeles Rage Against the Machine
2000 Renegades Rage Against the Machine
2000 Skull & Bones Cypress Hill
2000 Sleep Now in the Fire, Pt. 1 Rage Against the Machine
2000 Testify Rage Against the Machine
2001 Death Row's Snoop Doggy Dogg Greatest Hits Snoop Doggy Dogg
2002 Audioslave Audioslave
2003 Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium [DVD] Rage Against the Machine
2003 Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium Rage Against the Machine
2004 Axis Of Justice: Concert Series, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2005 Out of Exile Audioslave
2006 Revelations Audioslave
2007 Death Row's Snoop Doggy Dogg Greatest Hits Snoop Dogg
2013 13 Black Sabbath


  • Brad Wilk has Type 1 diabetes.
  • Since Brad Wilk has diabetes, he has never been to find an all-natural sugar-free lemonade that would fit his dietary needs. He began making 'Olade' for him himself in his kitchen. Olade is now an FDA approved and has been put on the market as a non-dietary supplement.
  • Brad Wilk stars alongside Maynard James Keenan in the short film 'Sleeping Dogs Lie.'

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Premier, Gretsch, Tama
Cymbals: Paiste, Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Percussion: Latin Percussion
Sticks: Vic Firth

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