Eagles of Death Metal bassist Brian O’Conner has been diagnosed with cancer requiring immediate surgery and chemotherapy. O’conner lacks health insurance needed to pay for treatment, an issue that will hopefully be remedied by two benefit concerts to be put on by Them Crooked Vultures.The first benefit concert will be July 5th at the Brixton Academy in London. The second is slated for L.A., although the date and details are still forthcoming. Furthermore, Dean Fertita from The Dead Weather and Queens of the Stone Age will fill in for O’Conner for the remainder of Eagles of Death Metal’s summer tour.
O’Conner released a statement thanking people for their good wishes and generosity: “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.”