Tom Morello, Geddy Lee + Alex Lifeson Operate on Tim Commerford in New Future User Video
When Tim Commerford, currently the frontman of Future User and formerly the bassist of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, needed emergency back surgery earlier this year, he found a creative way to turn his pain into art: In Future User's new video for "Voodoo," which you can watch below, footage of Commerford's actual surgery is used. Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello stars as a money-grubbing doctor "operating" on Commerford and charging his credit card multiple times along the way, while Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson appear as Canadian doctors who swoop in to save the day:
The video serves as a critique of the American health care system -- which is at least adequate enough to not actually let Morello, Lee and Lifeson into the operating room during the real surgery -- and a celebration of Canada's approach to medicine. Footage of Morello racing against the clock to perform the surgery in an insufficient amount of time and of Lee and Lifeson doing a much better job is interspersed with real video from Commerford's operation.
Commerford said of the clip:
I got the idea for the video after I ruptured a disc in my back and needed emergency surgery. "As someone who often goes under the knife, I’ve always been a bit overwhelmed by the process, paperwork, approvals and costs. Luckily, I have insurance, but it got me thinking about all the people in this country who can’t afford medical treatment. I read an article recently that said there are over 40 million uninsured people living in the States, which is insane. I talked my doctor into letting me shoot the surgery, then explained the concept to Tom [Morello], who was totally into the idea. And of course, you can’t talk about universal health care without bringing Canada into the conversation, so I called Geddy [Lee] and Alex [Lifeson] and asked if they’d be part of it and was blown away when they said yes. And all that footage of my back being opened up is real, no joke.
Future User's debut album, #SteroidsOrHeroin, was released on Feb. 24 via Middle Ring Partnership.