terça-feira, julho 21, 2015


As was previously announced, punk legend, legendary guitarist and all-around nice guy, Billy Zoom, was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of bladder cancer.  Zoom immediately began chemo treatment and his fellow bandmates, along with manager Mike Rouse, called out to the fans and music community, alike, to help support Zoom and his family during this difficult time.  The response was overwhelming, far surpassing the original goal of $50,000 in a matter of days.  

Now, The Music Cancer Fund @SweetRelief will be working with Billy Zoom and his family through their Directed Artist Funds program. The program was created to assist individuals with long term expenses and treatment for cancer and other severe illnesses or disabilities.   Program services include guidance on medical bills and insurance plans as well as after care patient resources. Sweet Relief will also assist with fundraising events, managing contributions and providing charitable tax receipts.  

Rob Max, Executive Director at Sweet Relief

"X and Billy Zoom have been amazing supporters of our cause to assist musicians for the past two decades. We are grateful and honored to be working with Billy and his family." 

Some artists face such overwhelming financial and personal distress when major illness or injury is coupled with a complete lack of, or have a grossly under insured health plan.  Even with the best of health insurance, treatment can take a toll on the financial well-being of someone in terms of lost wages and other daily living expenses that one typically has. 

The Mission of SWEET RELIEF is simple:  Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.  In other words, Healing Musicians in Need.  We all have received so much out of music, it's time to give a little back! 

While Zoom battles this dreadful disease, his bandmates have made the difficult choice to continue their previously planned summer tour, in support of Billy.  Exene, John Doe and DJ Bonebrake are joined by Texas guitar player,Jesse Dayton (Waylon Jennings, Supersuckers) sitting in for the iconic guitarist temporarily.  

X Summer 2015 "How I Learned My Lesson Tour"

July 22         Music Box Supper Club                       Cleveland, OH
July 24         The Magic Bag                                    Ferndale, MI
July 26         City Winery                                         Chicago, IL
July 27         City Winery                                         Chicago, IL
July 28         City Winery                                         Chicago, IL
July 30         The Sinclair                                        Cambridge, MA
Aug 1           City Winery                                          New York City, NY
Aug 2           City Winery                                          New York City, NY
Aug 3           City Winery                                          New York City, NY
Aug 8           Annenberg Space for Photography         Los Angeles, CA
                   (KCRW sponsored show)
Aug 28         Shank Hall                                             Milwaukee, WI
Aug 29         Mill City Nights                                       Minneapolis, MN
Sept 1          The Bottleneck                                       Kansas City, MO
Sept 2          The Duck Room                                     St. Louis, MO
Sept 4          House of Blues                                       New Orleans, LA
Sept 5          The Saturn                                             Birmingham, AL
Sept 6          City Winery                                            Nashville, TN
Sept 8          Georgia Theatre                                      Athens, GA
Sept 9          Terminal West                                        Atlanta, GA
Sept 11         Ramshead                                              Annapolis, MD
Sept 12         Hopscotch Festival                                  Raleigh, NC
Sept 19         KAABOO Festival                                   Del Mar, CA

For more information on Billy Zoom's Sweet Relief Fund, visit:
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