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    Thu, 17 Jun 2010 10:01:57

    Eagles of Death Metal Bassist Brian O'Connor Diagnosed With Cancer - Bandmates mobilize for benefit show to cover medical expenses

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    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. I wish him nothing but the best for a quick, speedy and as-painless-as-possible recovery from his battle with the Big C. I know he has it in him to beat this!

    The bassist released the following statement: "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, BOC."

    When Brian alerted members of his vast family of bands of his diagnosis, a human chain of support formed immediately, with members of Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures and Rage Against the Machine mobilized to take the load off Brian, so he could focus on getting better, which is the most important thing right now. Being that he has no insurance, like most musicians, the team of pals/musicians organized both a London and a Los Angeles show to raise money to help pay for O'Connor's 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.

    If you'd like to contribute to Brian's medical care fund please visit: http://www.pablove.org

    Did you send your best wishes and prayers out to BOC?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    06.17.10




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