Basic Background Info
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.
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