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Rage Against the Machine Bassist Says Headbanging Will Continue, Injuries or Not

Image courtesy of Image Courtesy Greetsia Tent/WireImage (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Image Courtesy Greetsia Tent/WireImage (via ABC News Radio)

After new broke that headbanging to  Motörhead  caused a man's brain to bleed, an intrepid reporter from TMZ pounced on  Rage Against the Machine  bassist  Tim Commerford  in a parking lot and asked him about moshing, headbanging, and all that makes a good rock show. Commerford -- who was obviously amused that the reporter recognized him --  talked about chronically suffering from what he called "banger neck...a slight whiplash [from headbanging]."

Commerford went on to say that he gets banger neck every time he plays a show, but when the reporter told him about the Motorhead injury -- in which a fan  suffered a subdural hematoma and needed to have a hole drilled into his skull to allow his brain to drain  -- Commerford said he didn't think that would be the end of headbanging. "I've seen the world's biggest mosh pit many times," he said, and then talked about the exchange of energy that fans and the band experience at a concert. "When we play, it's a shared [experience]. It's the four of us and the audience together, creating a great thing." 

That "great thing" may have come to an end: the band has not performed live together since their appearance in August 2011 at the L.A. Rising festival.

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