Published Jun 16, 2010Eagles of Death Metal bassist Brian O'Connor is to undergo surgery today (June 16) after being diagnosed with cancer. As a result, members of Them Crooked Vultures, Queens of the Stone Age and Rage Against the Machine, as well as his band-mates in Eagles of Death Metal, are joining forces to support O'Connor during this difficult time, and help him with his medical costs.
The groups, who are out on tour right now, are planning benefit shows for O'Connor. He has no health insurance and will begin chemotherapy in three weeks in Los Angeles.
A benefit show has already been announced by Them Crooked Vultures, who have added a date to play London's Brixton Academy on July 5 as part of their current European tour. Another benefit show is being planned in Los Angeles with line-up and other details to be announced soon.
Despite O'Connor having to leave the current Eagles of Death Metal tour, the band plan to honour all of the dates on their tour schedule. Dean Fertita of the Dead Weather and Queens of the Stone Age will fill in on dates tonight in Toronto, and later in the week in Santa Cruz and San Francisco. A replacement for the rest of the tour has not yet been announced.
Meanwhile, O'Connor has released this official 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.
To contribute to O'Connor's medical care fund, go here.