Brad Wilk Biography

Brad WilkClaim to Fame: Drummer for Rage Against the Machine & Audioslave
DOB: September 5, 1968
Diabetes Type: 1

Brad Wilk was born September 5, 1968 in Portland, Oregon before moving to Chicago and finally settling down with his family in California. Brad took an early interest in music, receiving his first guitar at the age of 5, but his real passion lay with the drums. He began playing at the age of 13, and shortly after received the first drum set that would someday catapult him into success.

Brad was eager to start a band and get things moving, so after a few failed audition attempts, he advertised looking for bandmates and he found them.Tom Morello, former guitarist for the band Lock Up, was the first to show interest. The two soon met Zack de la Rocha, and through him met bassist Tim Commerford, and Rage Against the Machine was born.

In 1992, the band signed a deal with Epic Records, and in June of that same year released their first self-titled album, which debuted to great success. Brad and Rage Against the Machine went on to release three more albums, Evil Empire (1996), The Battle of Los Angeles (1999) and Renegades (2000) before de la Rocha quit the band.

Music producer Rick Rubin got the three remaining members of the band together with singer Chris Cornell to form the band Audioslave. On November 19, 2002 they released their first self-titled album that would eventually go on to reach triple platinum status. Audioslave continued playing together for about five years, during which they released two more successful albums and toured the world. In February of 2007, singer Chris Cornell left the band, putting an official end to Audioslave.

Two months later, on April 29, 2007, Rage Against the Machine reunited to play at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. Although it was thought to be a one-time event, today the band continues to tour around the world, headlining many large festivals including Lollapalooza in Chicago.

While on tour in 1996, a 28 year old Brad Wilk was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after complaining of blurred vision, frequent urination, and feeling “off.” Since then, both his brother and sister have been diagnosed with the disease as well, but this has never stopped Brad from living the life he always has. In December of 2005, Brad Wilk married his longtime girlfriend Selene Vigil, a former punk band vocalist. Together they live in Los Angeles, California and have two children, Luka and Alex.

Community causes are a priority in Brad’s life as well. Audioslave liked to give back by donating portions of their tour proceeds to different charitable organizations. Brad himself has raised and donated about $12,000 for the Orange County chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Last Modified Date: November 28, 2012

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