After receiving a liver transplant this past December, Mike IX Williams is making an official return to the stage with bandmates of EYEHATEGOD on April 14 at this year’s Berserker Fest in Pontiac, Michigan. alongside Off!, Negative Approach, Gwar, Weedeater, The Obsessed, and so many more. From there, the band will hit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York with more show dates expected to be added over the next couple of months.
As with any medical procedure, there is always an exorbitant amount of bills that can only be surpassed by the equally great amount of love given to the front singer. Williams currently has about $76,000 of the $150,000 he needs to fully cover all his costs. Williams recently updated his YouCaring site with the following statement:
“Finally! This an update that’s totally loooong overdue, people. I apologize for the tardiness but I just started an entirely new beginning of an existence previously destined to be cut short by the ravages of a hard life lived. I’m back, mother fuckers! And I feel pretty amazing, although I have a very long way to go as far as being one thousand percent fully healed, but my doctors are completely stoked at my progress so far. This miracle of the modern medical process has literally bought me a second chance at living! Now on to the real stars of the show: YOU! My family, friends and fans: You truly stole my heart and made me aware that love really does exist in this current climate of hatred because of someone’s skin color, beliefs, or personal identity, you people came to the rescue like nobody’s business and we love you! To be honest, we still need you! Of major, ultra-special note is the New Orleans #IXLivesIXLives benefit gigs. I was unable to attend any of the shows because of doctors’ orders, but word is that the entire weekend was the ultimate example of mass friendship, hope and care for one another in a time of need. Many many thanks to everybody involved, me and my beautiful rock star of a wife Michelle, thank you from the bottoms of our filthy hearts! We were and still are, over-freaking-whelmed at the outpouring of support from all the wonderful humans out in this world, you maniacs have completely outdone yourselves…”
EYEHATEGOD will be celebrating their 30TH anniversary next year promising special releases to be announced in honor of the momentous occasion. The official For The Sick Benefit poster and benefit T-shirt are still available for purchase at Indie Merch and you can also donate directly to Mike IX and receive more updates on his journey back to health on his YouCaring site.
EYEHATEGOD Spring Tour Dates
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4/14: Berserker IV @ The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI [info here]
4/15: First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
4/16: Brooklyn Bazarre – Brooklyn, NY