I was fucking bummed when I learned that Eagles of Death Metal bassist Brian O’Connor, who may just have the biggest mitts I’ve ever seen, had developed cancer. He is a gentle giant and a hell of a guy. I’ve interviewed him a bunch of times, and he’s just one of those genuinely cool characters; he doesn’t try or flaunt his coolness, he just exudes it.
O’Connor is now undergoing treatment which is astronomically expensive. When members of Eagles, Them Crooked Vultures, and Queens of the Stone Age learned of Brian’s diagnosis, they stepped in to help lift some of the financial burden. Now, the Eagles of Death Metal and Queens of the Stone Age have announced they’re playing a benefit show for Brian in Los Angeles on August 12.
A special site has been set up to accept donations that’ll help to pay for Brian’s treatment. In a statement, he says that “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 am excited for my fill 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.”
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