We've just received an official announcement that Eagles of Death Metal bassist Brian O'Connor "has been diagnosed with cancer, and is undergoing treatment in Los Angeles. He will undergo surgery today and will begin chemotherapy in three weeks."
O'Connor is one of America's many uninsured, a population that sadly includes a disproportionate number of artists, musicians and writers. Considering how difficult it is to convince a solid majority of people that the US should join the civilized world in having some form of State-guaranteed health care, O'Connor's friends and colleagues have resorted to the age-old mutual-help solution: donating their efforts and trying to raise money for his expensive treatment.
"Members of Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures and Rage Against The Machine all touring in various locations around the globe," the announcement continues, mobilized to take the load off Brian, so he could focus on preparing his mind and body for what lay ahead":
Brian has no health insurance, so the first order of business was to organize a London show and an LA show to raise money for his medical expenses.
Them Crooked Vultures announced the London show today; they have added a July 5 Brixton Academy date to their European festival run. Details for the Los Angeles show are being finalized now and will be announced soon.
Eagles of Death Metal have decided to honor all tour dates in their schedule. Dean Fertita from Dead Weather and QOTSA will fill in for Brian on EODM's dates this week in Toronto, Santa Cruz and San Francisco. A friend will stand in for Brian on EODM tour dates until he returns.
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In regards to my current health situation, with the remarkable support and love from my amazing friends and family, I am receiving the best medical and moral attention one could ask for. I cannot thank everyone enough for their continued support and involvement. I am excited for my full recovery and look forward to getting back to what I love most, melting face with my bass. I'm feeling great, after all, I am half unicorn. Keep ya posted.
Love and gratitude,
If you'd like to contribute to Brian's medical care fund please visit: http://www.pablove.org