Lance Armstrong seemingly can’t keep himself out of the spotlight, this time appearing in a music video for his friend Tim Commerford’s new band.
The video for Future User’s “Mountain Lion”, which is a bit too graphic to put on the Cycling Weekly website, begins in a pretty blatant fashion, with a balaclava’d man mixing up a smoothie containing a host of pills before heading out on his skateboard.
Towards the end of the video, after several scenes of the boarder topping up his pills and steroids, we see the man jump into the back of a van to hook himself up to a blood transfusion.
Then Armstrong makes his appearance. Dressed in his lycra, with World Champion stripes on the arms, the Texan calls his real life friend Commerford to leave a message with some pretty choice words.
Former Rage Against The Machine bassist Commerford said in a press release: “Lance is a friend, an awesome person, and, as far as I’m concerned, a punk-rocker. We’re ‘cycling buddies’ and typically go after each other in a trash-talking/’I’ll one-up you’ kind of way.
“We’ll jokingly leave each other voice messages like, ‘Dude, I’m gonna crush you the next time I see you. I’m gonna take you down’.
“I thought it’d be cool to put one of his voice messages in the song. When it came time to make the video, I asked him to recreate the voice mail and he was totally cool with it.”
Commerford says the video is an attempt to highlight the US Government’s pre-occupation with performance-enhancing drugs rather than dealing with the other drugs problems in the country.
And rather than shying away from something so close to his own story, Armstrong was more than happy to be seen in such a video.
“He’s fearless. He’s not locked in his house, hiding from people. If you live in Austin, Texas, he’s out there riding his bike and running. Let’s not forget, this is a guy who raised $500 million for cancer research and people love him. I love him. I think he’s badass.”
Meanwhile, outside of his burgeoning acting career, Armstrong has updated his Twitter biography – reinstating his seven Tour de France titles, even if the UCI are, as yet, unwilling to officially do so.