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keep it simple 07-04-2013 09:15 AM

I'm floored :(
Just this minute received the most dreadful phone message. Our lighting guy/long time roadie & dear band friend, suffered a burst aorta last night, & is in intensive care fighting for his life. We have a big headline rally gig on Saturday, & I'm not sure any of us will be in the mood for playing.

Magenta 07-04-2013 09:42 AM

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Oh God, Andy, how dreadful, poor man and his poor family and friends.

I hope he pulls through.

Bo Eder 07-04-2013 09:51 AM

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Terrible news but I hope he pulls through! He would probably want you guys to go out and play though. Good vibes going your way, Andy.

MrInsanePolack 07-04-2013 09:51 AM

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That really is awful. Hope he makes it through okay.

As for the gig, play it for him. It will give you a reason to want to play, and want to play well.

BacteriumFendYoke 07-04-2013 09:52 AM

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All the best to him, his family and everyone involved Andy.

Jeff Almeyda 07-04-2013 10:01 AM

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Praying for a strong recovery for your friend

Midnite Zephyr 07-04-2013 10:13 AM

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I hope he makes it through, Andy. Hopefully they caught it in time. That is what did my dad in and he was gone in just a few hours after the initial rupture. Sorry to hear that.

keep it simple 07-04-2013 10:29 AM

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Thanks for your kind thoughts guys. Not many survive this terrible affliction, but we're all rooting for him. Not only is he a very dear friend to all the band, but he's our singer's life long best friend, so everything's up in the air right now :(

I'm sorry to hear of your father going the same way.

dmacc 07-04-2013 12:12 PM

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Wow Andy, that is very difficult indeed. Good thoughts and well wishes sent to everyone involved and touched by the situation.

MaryO 07-04-2013 02:28 PM

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Thinking of you and your bandmates and sending lots of positive energy your way!

larryace 07-04-2013 04:38 PM

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Oh I'm so sorry Andy...A burst aorta, that does not sound good. That's a real blow to all his friends and family...Prayers sent....

alparrott 07-04-2013 04:58 PM

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So sorry to hear of your friend, Andy. I hope it all turns out in the best way possible for you guys and for him.

keep it simple 07-04-2013 05:19 PM

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Thanks again for your positive thoughts guys. Unfortunately, Oz has taken a turn for the worse, & is now on full life support. Remaining family have been requested, & two of our band members are taking the journey as I type this. I can't describe how down I am right now.

Photo of our crew guys at one of our gigs. Oz is in the foreground.

These guys work hard & put in a very professional performance. Many of our shows take some putting together. They do it for nothing more than the love of it, + expenses & a small gratuity. That says everything about these two guys, & the kind of people they are. Bugger :(

IDDrummer 07-04-2013 05:29 PM

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I'm so sorry to hear that, Andy. I'm pulling for all of you.

B-squared 07-04-2013 07:07 PM

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My thoughts and prayers are with you.

tamadrm 07-04-2013 07:16 PM

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Sorry about your friend Andy.I do hope it turns out well,and wish him and his family the very best in a bad situation.

It's tough to function normally when something like this happens escentially to a member of your family.I know the "show must go on" ,but personally I would honor my friend by doing what he would have wanted to do had roles been reversed.

Wish you the best mate.

Steve B

caddywumpus 07-04-2013 07:26 PM

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Damn. So sorry to hear that, Andy. Prayers that direction.

I would concur with Bo about your friend wanting you to go on with Saturday, but that's your band's call, of course...

bobdadruma 07-04-2013 08:12 PM

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Sorry to hear that Andy. My thoughts are with all concerned.

keep it simple 07-04-2013 08:19 PM

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Thanks guys. As for doing the gig, we're on hold, & we've pretty much left the call up to our singer (Oz's life long best friend). We have to respect his headspace, & that will depend on what happens over the next 24 hours or so.

Oz has now been in surgery for nearly 4 hours. Believe it or not, that's viewed as a pre - op. They'd pretty much given up on him earlier today, but they've decided to give it one last shot. If he makes it off the table, they'll air lift him to QE2 in Birmingham (a specialist centre). He's hanging by a thread. This really f&%^ing sucks, & I haven't had dry eyes all day.

DrumEatDrum 07-04-2013 08:21 PM

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Wow, sorry to hear of this Andy. :-(

Anon La Ply 07-04-2013 09:05 PM

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Terrible news. So sorry to hear this, Andy. Hang tough.

GRUNTERSDAD 07-04-2013 10:08 PM

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Sorry I saw this late. This is usually a quick bad news event so I will pray for a better ending. And yes I would follow the singers wishes on this and go with his lead. Best to him, to you, and the band as always.

Magenta 07-04-2013 10:24 PM

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Bloody hell. But as long as there's a chance - and thank God he's being given it - don't give up hope.

keep it simple 07-04-2013 10:33 PM

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Thanks guys. I've just heard he made it off the table, & is now in Birmingham. He's certainly cheating the odds, but gravely ill. My brain is all over the place right now. Such a sweet man :(

MaryO 07-04-2013 10:47 PM

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One step at a time.... Someone's gotta beat the odds and be the exception. I hope that's your friend :).

keep it simple 07-04-2013 11:01 PM

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Originally Posted by MaryO (Post 1157979)
One step at a time.... Someone's gotta beat the odds and be the exception. I hope that's your friend :).

So do I Mary, so do I.

Beam Me Up Scotty 07-04-2013 11:21 PM

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I'm terribly sorry to hear of this, Andy. Here's to hoping this man pulls through - he shall be in my thoughts.

Magenta 07-07-2013 09:19 PM

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Any further news, Andy?

keep it simple 07-07-2013 11:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Magenta (Post 1158647)
Any further news, Andy?

Yes Madge. Surprisingly, he's still with us, but in a terrible condition, & the worst is still expected.

We've had a weird band weekend in his honour, & a full report including pictures & video will feature in a new thread, maybe tonight or tomorrow. I'm just in the process of editing the video footage, which includes clips of naked ladies being extremely friendly, so I'm having to be careful to make sure it's sufficiently vague for posting on a public forum.

longgun 07-08-2013 05:41 PM

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Prayers sent for OZ.............hopefully he pulls through this brother.

When I hear things like this, it really hammers home our own mortality and how quick anything can happen

larryz 07-08-2013 06:25 PM

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Sorry Andy - we're all here for you, in many different countries all over the world. Good vibes and wishes sent to you. But hey, if naked women can't cheer things up I don't know what can :) Peace and love..

porter 07-08-2013 07:36 PM

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Welp, that's not good :( I hope that it improves!

jornthedrummer 07-18-2013 09:57 AM

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How is Oz doing?



nightraider43 07-18-2013 02:42 PM

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Thoughts and prayers for your friend and his family! I also say play the show. This happened to my dad as well and they said he was gone before he hit the ground. Yes he is beating the odds and strong people beat the odds all the time so why not him.

Best wishes!!!


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