Entries tagged with: cancer
January 10 2016 - David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief.Rest in Peace, Ziggy Stardust.
Longtime producer Tony Visconti wrote:
He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life - a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.And Iggy Pop says:
MESSAGE FROM IGGY: "David's friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is. - Iggy Pop"— Iggy Pop (@IggyPop) January 11, 2016
Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Sonic Youth, Pixies, Jarvis Cocker, New Order, Devo & more pay tribute to David Bowie too.
Watch Bowie's new video for "Lazarus", released four days ago, below...
photo: Phil Lesh at the Capitol Theatre in March (more by Greg Cristman)
Dear Friends,Damn. Here's hoping for a successful recovery.
I am sorry to let you know that I will need to cancel the October 24th and 25th Phil & Friends shows with Chris Robinson.
I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in early October, and have spent the last few weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale doing tests and eventually surgery to remove the tumors. I am very fortunate to have the pathology reports show that the tumors are all non aggressive, and that there is no indication that they have spread.
So thanks to my local doctor Cliff Sewell, and the incredible team at the Mayo Clinic, all is well and I can return to normal activities in two weeks from my surgery. Unfortunately, that means I will have to cancel the PLF shows scheduled for Oct 24/25. We will reschedule these shows as soon as we can, but in the meantime, keep a lookout for a free Grate Room show before I leave for the East Coast shows. I also plan to pop in and jam in the bar before we leave, so I hope to see you there at Terrapin.
Love Will See You Through....
PS Ticket refund info will be posted soon
As the statement points out, two of his Terrapin Crossroads shows are cancelled but his Capitol Theatre run in Port Chester, NY is still on. That include shows on 10/30, 10/31, 11/1, 11/5, 11/6 and 11/7. Tickets for some of those shows are still available.
Watch one of Phil's sets from Lockn' Festival below...
photo: Sharon Jones at The Apollo in 2014 (more by PSquared)
We are sad to report that Sharon Jones' cancer has returned, news she broke at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival on Friday (9/11) where she was to help promote Miss Sharon Jones!, a new documentary of which she's the subject. "I start chemo on Wednesday," she told the crowd. "But I'm gonna keep fighting. We got a long way to go." Jones was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, but with surgery and treatment was declared cancer-free in February of 2014. Our thoughts are with you Sharon, and we're wishing you a speedy and full recovery.
Staying positive: Miss Sharon Jones! was made by acclaimed filmmaker Barbara Koppel (Harlan County, USA) and follows the soul singer for a year as Jones and The Dap Kings try to work around Jones' treatment to complete their 2014 album Give the People What They Want and prep for its ensuing world tour. The documentary will make its New York debut at the 2015 DOC NYC fest as the opening night film, screening November 12 at the SVA Theatre. Ticket info is TBA.
Meanwhile, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings will have a new holiday album, It's A Holiday Soul Party, that's out October 30 via Daptone. They've also got songs on the forthcoming Daptone Gold Vol. 2 which is out this Friday (9/18). And, for now at least, Jones & the Dap Kings are continuing to tour, including this weekend's Telluride Blues & Brews Fest. Other dates on the later horizon include one at the New Jersery Performing Arts Center on November 14 with Diane Reeves (tickets). All scheduled dates are listed below.
Fuck Cancer. Camera Obscura announced today:
It is with regret that Camera Obscura must announce the cancellation of their planned shows in Mexico and California in November 2015.Carey's full story below:
Keyboard player Carey Lander is undergoing treatment for cancer, and the band has decided to shelve all work commitments for the time being.
Lead singer-songwriter Tracyanne Campbell says: "We're really sad to disappoint our fans but I'm sure everyone will understand that Carey's health needs to come first at this time. We hope we can come back one day and play for you."
Carey has set up a Just Giving page to encourage donations for Sarcoma UK - https://www.justgiving.com/Carey-Lander
Dez has just finished debilitating radiation treatments, and is confident he will return to active performance again within a year. So Dez has had to take a long break from touring and recording and he had no other income to pay for the quite expensive treatments and doctor's bills.So sad to hear. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery.
We ask you today to donate funds to help Dez's cause, as this friendly man has given so much to the music community, and he is literally a living punk rock legend, having played on some of the classic records of the genre, and remains one of the most beloved members of the scene.
We ask you to please consider donating anything you can to help see Dez through the next year, so he can resume his proper place on the stages and records of our future. Thank you for assisting us in helping this very kind man in his time of need.
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, we posted about a cancer benefit happening at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on August 16 with Big Eyes, Shellshag, Aye Nako and Tender Defender (tickets). As BV readers probably know, we talk about those first three bands a lot around here, but Tender Defender are a new band that the show flyer billed as "new Latterman." Now we have more details, and it turns out that description couldn't be more accurate.
Tender Defender is a trio of musicians who were all in Latterman -- Phil Douglas (now also of Iron Chic), Mattie Canino (now also of RVIVR) and Pat Schramm (now also of Bridge & Tunnel) -- and they sound... exactly like Latterman! (And also like Iron Chic and RVIVR.) That's a good thing of course. Latterman were one of those bands who were never too popular but always had a devoted fanbase, and it's safe to say they're sorely missed.
Tender Defender's debut mini-LP is coming in late 2015 on Dead Broke Rekerds (the label run by Phil's Iron Chic bandmate Mike Bruno), and its first single "Hello Dirt" is out now. Listen below, and download it (name your price) at bandcamp.
photo: Big Eyes in New Brunswick in April (more by Drew Gurian)
Three regulars on the Brooklyn punk/DIY scene, Big Eyes, Shellshag and Aye Nako are teaming up to play a benefit show for Jay & Molly's fight against cancer. It happens August 16 at Saint Vitus with Tender Defender opening. Tickets are on sale now. Flyer below.
Aye Nako were added as support to all Eastern US and Canadian dates on the upcoming Joanna Gruesome tour (that's a good double bill), including the NYC shows on October 30 at Rough Trade (tickets) and Halloween at Shea Stadium (tickets). They're also on the G.L.O.S.S. show at Silent Barn on September 23.
Big Eyes also play with promising Florida band Wet Nurse on September 22 at Silent Barn with Thin Lips (who play a BV-presented NYC show with Cayetana and Chumped in August) and Fleabite. $7 at the door.
Big Eyes are also on the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show happening September 4 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park with Against Me! and Cakes Da Killa. That's $3 with RSVP or $10 without.
In semi-related news, Aye Nako and Shellshag's Don Giovanni labelmates Worriers are a week away from releasing their new album, Imaginary Life (produced by Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace), and they're now streaming it in full. Listen below, via NPR. Worriers celebrate the LP with a release show on 8/7 at Knitting Factory with Emilyn Brodsky, Adult Mom and Fleabite (tickets).
American punk icons X start their tour tonight (7/17) in Ridgefield, CT but unfortunately original guitarist Billy Zoom, who is battling bladder cancer, won't joining the band this time out. Instead guitarist Jesse Dayton (Waylon Jennings, Supersuckers) will be filling in tonight through the three NYC dates at City Winery (August 1-3). Remaining festival dates in August and September are yet to be determined. Tickets are still available to the City Winery shows and a portion of the proceeds will go to help cover Billy's medical expenses.
If you'd like to help out Billy directly, there's a Go-Fund-Me campaign. We wish you all the best, Billy.
All X dates are listed below...
photo: Fekete w/ Surfer Blood at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
A few months back I had a major surgery to remove a large tumor from my abdomen. I was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer (a sarcoma), which unfortunately has moved. A few days ago, my doctors informed me that it had spread to my lungs and my spine.The above message is from Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete, who's currently raising money on GoFundMe to help with his medical bills for his cancer treatment.
The lesion on my lower spine will be treated with radiation, and I'll also start chemotherapy this week. Because my cancer is so rare, there is very little research on it (cancer treatment is a business after all), so going to a typical doctor and getting loaded with all types of drugs would probably kill me. However, I found a doctor who is on the cutting edge of cancer treatments, and we have assembled a team of brilliant doctors who all seem to be extremely confident in an alternative treatment plan, to complement the chemotherapy. Because these doctors are doing things a bit differently, insurance will only cover a portion of my treatment. I never in my life thought that I would be asking for money publicly, but the universe works in funny ways.
Any bit of help would be massive for me, as I'm no longer able to tour and make a living, and my wonderful wife/best friend whom I just married in November will now be leaving work to help me throughout my treatment. If you can't help, no worries whatsoever, all I ask is that you spread the word. Any extra funds collected when this is all said and done will be donated to further my doctor's alternative cancer research. I not only feel great, but I am in great spirits, and I know this will soon be over like a bad dream. Please take care of yourselves, enjoy every single day. Life is beautiful. Love and light always.
In addition to that fundraising campaign, a handful of artists will be coming together to play a benefit in NYC to raise money for Thomas as well. It happens Tuesday (5/12) at Bowery Ballroom and includes Surfer Blood, Cults, We Are Scientists, Julianna Barwick, Kip Berman (of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart), Marnie Stern & the Figs (w/ members of Les Savy Fav & Girls Against Boys), POP ETC (acoustic), Andy Boay (of Tonstartssbandht), and DJ Allen Blickle (of Alpaca). Tickets are on sale now.
Here's to hoping for a speedy recovery for Thomas. Fuck cancer.
photo: Iron Maiden in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Iron Miaden singer Bruce Dickinson was sadly diagnosed with cancer, but the good news is that they've caught it in the early stages and he's expected to make a full recovery. Via the band's website:
Just before Christmas, Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue. A seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday. As the tumour was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good. Bruce's medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all clear envisaged by late May. It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. In the meantime we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family's privacy until we update everyone by the end of May. Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive.Here's to a speedy recovery, Bruce! Fuck cancer.
Watch some classic Iron Maiden videos below...
Sad news from NJ hardcore mainstays Ensign. Guitarist/bassist Nate Gluck has been diagnosed with cancer in his stomach and esophagus. On top of that, his family is facing hard financial times, and Nate's friend launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for his cause. Here's an excerpt from what she wrote:
My neighbor and very close friend, Nate Gluck, has recently been diagnosed with cancer in his stomach and esophagus. A lof of you guys know him too, since he has played in pretty much every hardcore band in NJ ever at one point or another (including Ensign and Strength 691) . He is the sweetest guy, and all of us who know him love him dearly. He's always smiling, always warm, and always there when you need him.If you want to help out, you can head here to donate. As of this post, they've reached just over half of their $100k goal, which so far has been enough to get Nate and Christy out of foreclosure.
Things aren't very good right now. Nate is barely able to eat and will be beginning chemo and treatment really soon. He has lost a ton of weight and he is often too ill even to drive, and he is in a lot of pain. Despite all of that, he is in good spirits and ready to fight this thing. His optomism about all of it makes my eyes well up. But that's how Nate is. He handles everything with a smile.
Things have been incredibly hard on them as of late, and they desperately need our help. Nate's wife, Christy, is one of my best friends. She lost her job, has been unable to find a new one, and now desperately wants to be able to take care of Nate while he is undergoing treatment. To make matters worse, Their financial situation has become dire. They will lose their home if they are unable to pay their mortgage and the medical expenses are already mounting. It's horrible, and if they lose this house they will not have anywhere to go nor the funds to find a new home. They have no savings and the medical bills are already piling up.
Ensign posted on Facebook, writing:
This is a tough post to make, but a necessary one. Nate recently got some news that nobody ever wants to hear. Nate is the heart and soul of Ensign, and through this band's long and chaotic existence has always been the driving force pushing us to play shows, to write new music, to not rest on our past accomplishments but to keep going and be a better band tomorrow than we were today.Other bands have shown their support too, including Converge, Throwdown, boysetsfire, Shai Hulud, Strife, and more.
So if you can, please lend a hand to our friend, bandmate, and brother, because he needs it right now.
Ensign were recently in NYC opening the Grade reunion.
Paul Simon leads a lineup of other musicians including James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin and other unannounced guests who will be playing a cancer research benefit in NYC on January 20 in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall (fka The Allen Room). The show is honor of the memory of saxophonist Michael Brecker, who's performed with both Paul Simon and James Taylor, as well as Lou Reed Joni Mitchell, John Nolan, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Steely Dan and more.
Tickets, starting at $200, are on sale now. "Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness are the benefit chairs, and Meredith Viera will serve as master of ceremonies. Proceeds from the concert will support cancer research at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and the work of Azra Raza, MD, and Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, PhD."
After that show, Paul will head out on an international tour of New Zealand, Australia and Europe. Those dates are listed here.
Morrissey live in Portugal this week (via @fiofania)
We know that Morrissey has not been well, causing several tour postponements and cancelations. In a just-published interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo (via The Guardian), he reveals he has undergone treatment for cancer. Translated:
They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever. "If I die, then I die. And if I don't, then I don't. Right now I feel good. I am aware that in some of my recent photos I look somewhat unhealthy, but that's what illness can do. I'm not going to worry about that, I'll rest when I'm dead.No follow-up questions are asked, but his morbid sense of humor runs through the short Q&A, saying he is well past the age of making music ("Many composers of classical music died at age 34. And I'm still here, and nobody knows what to do with me"), and hopes to have his first novel published in 2015. "With luck I will be able to stop singing forever, which would make many people happy!" Feel better, Morrissey, our thoughts are with you.
Meanwhile, Morrissey has resumed touring, and is in Europe currently. His band are currently sporting "Fuck Harvest" t-shirts at show (as you can kinda see in the photo above), clearly a reference to disputes with his most recent record label. In other t-shirt news, one of the items currently at his merch table is a shirt that says "Be kind to animals or I'll kill you."
Dear All,The upsetting above message was posted by Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto to his website, explaining his recent diagnosis of throat cancer. Ryuichi was a member of the Yellow Magic Orchestra, who proved to be highly influential on many styles of electronic music. He's also scored many films, and has collaborated with David Byrne, Thomas Dolby, Iggy Pop, Arto Lindsay, Laurie Anderson, and countless others.
In the end of June, I was diagnosed with throat cancer. After much though and consideration, I have decided to take time off of work in order to concentrate on treating it. I deeply regret causing so many people considerable inconvenience. However, the first wealth is health, and hence this biter decision.
I will not able to attend the fast approaching First Sapporo International Art Festival 2014, a project that I have spent the past two painstaking years in preparation for. I would like to express my sincerest apologies to Fumio Ueda, the Mayor of Sapporo, the citizens of the city, the managerial staff, contributing artists, and everyone who has helped realized this project. Although I will be absent, all of the programs will be of highest quality -- this I promise. I would like nothing more than for everyone to enjoy the festival in my place.
Furthermore, I had planned a performance on July 30th commemorating Park Hyatt Tokyo's 20th anniversary. I was looking forward to attending the anniversary along with all of the guests, and to present new material written for this occasion. Therefore, it deeply upsets me to have to cancel this concert during a time of celebration. I would like express my deepest apologies to those involved in putting this together, and to those who planned to attend the concert.
Lastly, I would like to apologize for all of the burden I will undoubtedly be casting upon everyone who has been working with me on various other projects.
Please bare with me while I regain my health. I promise to return after a full recovery. Thank you very much.
Get well soon Ryuichi!
Watch some videos of him, below...
Benjamin w/ School of Seven Bells at LPR in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
School of Seven Bells member Benjamin Curtis, who was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma earlier this year, has unfortunately lost his battle with cancer, reports Dallas Observer. He died last night in New York at the age of 35.
Benjamin was a member of UFOFU in the '90s with his brother Brandon, and after that he drummed in Tripping Daisy, formed Secret Machines with his brothers, and then formed School of Seven Bells with Alejandra Deheza of On! Air! Library! in 2007. The band was active up until this year, playing shows and releasing music, most recently 2012's Ghostory LP.
Rest in peace, Benjamin. You'll be missed.
Read an official statement from School of Seven Bells along with a video below...
Folk legend John Prine is still active over four decades into his career, but unfortunately he's been facing some illness lately which has led to the cancellations of certain shows. A new note posted to his website says that he was diagnosed with lung cancer, but that it's treatable:
Earlier this month, famed singer/songwriter John Prine postponed two concerts due to illness. After further consultation with his doctors, he will have to also reschedule another two appearances.Feel better John, and we wish you a speedy recovery!
"There's nothing I hate more than canceling shows," says John Prine, who wants his fans to know that all dates will be honored.
Mr. Prine continues, "I've been diagnosed with non-small cell carcinoma of the lung. Doctors here in Nashville have caught it early, and it is operable. They see no reason why I won't fully recover."
Prine says, "This is a different form of cancer, unrelated to what I had in 1997."
More info on affected upcoming shows (none in NYC) below...
John McVie at Jones Beach in June (more by Greg Cristman)
Some sad news from Fleetwood Mac: One of the two members who has remained in the band since the late '60s, John McVie, has been diagnosed with cancer. This has forced the band to cancel their Australian/New Zealand tour. A statement from the Fleetwood Mac's Facebook reads:
Fleetwood Mac who has just completed the European leg of their phenomenally successful worldwide tour has announced the cancellation of their upcoming 14 date tour of Australia and New Zealand.Earlier this year, their tour hit the NYC-area for shows at Madison Square Garden and Jones Beach.
John McVie, one of the co founding and original members of Fleetwood Mac is now scheduled to be in treatment for cancer during that period of time.
"We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates. We hope our Australian and New Zealand fans as well as Fleetwood Mac fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his family all the best."
Best of luck to John on his treatment!
by Doug Moore
Okay, this shit is just getting ridiculous. Maryland Deathfest just announced their fourth round of bands, and there are some doozies. Here are the new additions:
CANCER (UK) - Exclusive US show and first time in the US since 1993.For those unfamiliar with "Nocturnus A.D.", Nocturnus was one of the first death metal bands to use keyboards; their debut LP, The Key, was a minor death metal classic and quite a controversial album when it came out in 1990. Drummer/vocalist Mike Browning (also a former early-days member of Morbid Angel) has been trolling the MDF Facebook page for the past few weeks and repeatedly offering to play the festival, and the organizers apparently caved. So basically, this is a godsend for death metal nerds.
SACRIFICE (Canada) - Exclusive US show and first time in the US since 1992.
NOCTURNUS A.D. - Playing "The Key" album in its entirety.
DEATH TOLL 80K (Finland)
Stream some Nocturnus and Cancer below; check out the MDF lineup to date while you listen.
Canadian songwriter Carey Mercer (also of Blackout Beach and and Swan Lake) will be releasing a new album with his Frog Eyes project this year. The album's titled Carey's Cold Spring, and he's self-releasing it on October 7. When he announced the album, Carey also wrote a statement revealing that his father recently passed away, and that Carey himself was just diagnosed with throat cancer. An excerpt reads:
Two days after I green-lit the final mixes of the record, I got a call from a doctor who told me that I have throat cancer. I've been really hesitant about including this, going back and forth, but I have decided to include this information: illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but it is a big thing, a thing that impacts a life and forces changes on the way, for example, a songwriter releases her or his product. So I release this from a place where it's hard to say if I will be on the road to promote it. This is why I have chosen to control the release myself and put it out through the limited channels available to me right now.Read the full statement, along with a stream of album track "Claxxon's Lament," below...
The most intimate one happens in Brooklyn on September 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and tickets for that one go on AmEx presale today at noon. All proceeds will benefit "burn treatment centers, plus research and treatment for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases." And since we last spoke, Brooklyn indie rockers DIIV were added to this one.
And tickets for their larger (but still small for their standards) show in NJ at Starland Ballroom (9/10) go on
AmEx presale today at 9 AM. Proceeds from this one will support "Sandy Relief as well as cancer and diabetes research and treatment." You may remember that Starland Ballroom recently reopened after facing damages from Sandy.
As we hated announcing, Sharon Jones was recently diagnosed with stage-one bile duct cancer which caused her to cancel a bunch of shows and delay a new album release. We're now happy to say that last night Sharon said she is "Out of surgery, and I am feeling better than I ever expected. The nurses at the hospital are taking care of me and I am feeling so grateful." One day earlier she posted the above picture with the message "In the waiting room about to go into surgery. Thank you all for your love and support. Pictured above me is the Dr. who created the medical procedure that will get me healthy again!" That came shortly after "Today is the day of my procedure. Thank you friends, fans and family, I'm nervous, but I feel strong because of your love and support."
We do love you Sharon. Rest up and get well soon!
Sharon, we're wishing you a speedy and full recovery. Get well soon!
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS CANCEL ALBUM RELEASE AND TOURING FOR 2013Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings were supposed to play a Brooklyn show in Prospect Park for GoogaMooga last month and dropped off last minute though they never would have gotten to play anyway.
HEALTH CONCERNS NECESSITATE POSTPONEMENT
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings regret to announce that plans to tour and release their upcoming album in 2013 have been postponed. Give The People What They Want will NOT be released on 26th August 2013 as previously scheduled.
Sharon Jones has been diagnosed with stage-one bile duct cancer, which has fortunately been discovered early and has not spread. It is expected that the immediate proposed surgical solution will lead to a full recovery, but because of its invasive and complex nature, will necessitate a rather lengthy convalescence.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will be back before you know it, with a new release date and rescheduled tours worldwide.
Sharon would like her fans to know that she is anxious to get back on her feet, and that she is "down, but not out!"
"Over the last few weeks I haven't felt good and I didn't know what was going on. We sadly had to cancel shows while I went through a series of tests and short hospital stays. We just found out that I have a stage-one tumor on my bile duct. Luckily we caught it really early and fast and the doctors say it's operable and curable! I will be having surgery very soon and will have to rest and recover. I'll be staying in touch and keeping my fans and friends updated on my progress. I'm looking forward to getting back on the road to give the people what they want!" Sharon Jones
by Klaus Kinski
Tig Notaro @ BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Tig with her good friend Dave Hill
There's that well-worn saying that "bad things happen to good people" and I've always hated that saying because good things happen to good people too... and good things happen to bad people... and bad things happen to bad people. Basically, shit happens! To anyone! Anywhere! But sometimes the news of something bad happening to someone I adore and respect is so profoundly terrible that the cliche "bad things happen to good people" slams through the doorway of my brain, opens its trenchcoat and says "Ta da!"
A while back the blogosphere, or blognation, or blogtation, or blogtinent, or whatever you call it exploded with the story that during an August 3rd performance at Largo in LA, Tig Notaro made a public announcement that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer in both breasts just one day prior to said performance. What followed was a performance that had the audience (which included folks like Louis CK and Ed Helms) riveted. But the tragic news of cancer wasn't the only thing that had befallen Tig in the 4 months leading up to that performance; her mother passed away unexpectedly, she ended a long-term relationship with her partner, she battled pneumonia, and while beginning work filming the feature In a World, she contracted a deadly bacterial infection in her digestive tract, causing her to lose 20 pounds and be hospitalized for a week. How anyone could muster the strength to endure such an array of tragedy in such a short time is beyond me. But Tig... she not only had the strength, but she shows no signs of being defeated by it.
As I mentioned, the great Louis CK was in attendance at the show and he had the foresight to ask Largo owner Mark Flanagan if he happened to record her set. Luckily, it was recorded and on Friday October 5th 2012, Louis released Tig's performance in its entirety as her sophomore album, entitled LIVE (as in, continue to live) exclusively from his website. This audio recording is only $5; from each purchase, Louis gets $1 and Tig gets $4. Tig is donating some of the proceeds to cancer research to boot. If you have never heard Tig, you've been missing out. She is the greatest. At her CD release show at the Knitting Factory on August 20th 2011 I literally did a spit-take which was very unfortunate for the people sitting around me (that is one of only two spit-takes I've ever done; the other occurred the other day while watching the Inbetweeners discussing Sleeping Beauty). Read Louis CK's entire message regarding this recording below.
In other Tig news, she is continuing to dominate the shit out of life. On September 20, 2012 she appeared on Conan (watch that interview below), and has been profiled in The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company, and the Huffington Post with other profiles being scheduled as we speak with Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Dr. Oz, and more. Tig also just closed a book deal with a top publishing house, Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins, after a competitive 6-way bidding war. She had some fall tour dates scheduled, but they all appear to be canceled.
From what I've heard, the cancer treatments she has undergone appear to be working and her prognosis is looking positive. All of us at BV wish Tig the very best.
Jeff Winterberg, a beloved musician, photographer, friend & family member, was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer in late 2011. Since that time he has begun a rigorous course of treatment which started with surgery to his brain in February of 2012. Diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, this form of brain cancer typically manifests in children, only affecting less than 2% of adults. Because of the rarity in adults, little is known about the long term effects or prognosis. Jeff has been fortunate enough to be receiving significant care through Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and his doctors have high hopes for his recovery. In the meantime, his early treatment has been hard on his body. Between the surgery and first 6 weeks of radiation mixed with chemotherapy, his sight, speech, and motor functions have been affected, limiting his abilities. Beginning in early June, he will start another cycle of chemotherapy (six rounds) in hopes of destroying any remaining cancer cells.Everyone at BrooklynVegan wishes a quick recovery to Jeff, who in addition to being a photographer (seen on BV here and here), is also the author of Rat-a-Tat-Tat Birds and, as stated above, a musician. You might know him as a member of Antioch Arrow and Coptic Light. If you can, contribute to his fundraiser and receive some of his photographs in exchange for your donation.
Jeff has a long road of recovery ahead of him beyond the 6 rounds of chemotherapy such as extensive physical therapy, and life-long tests to monitor the cancer.
The rumors appear to be confirmed. We've lost one of our generation's musical legends and one of my personal heroes. As many are reporting and tweeting (including Russell Simmons, Questlove, TMZ and Pitchfork), Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys, who has been fighting cancer for a few years, passed away today at the way too young age of 47.