Tony MacAlpine posted a health update on his web site yesterday. The guitarist has colon cancer and is receiving treatment following surgery.
MacAlpine writes, “It has been a while since I have had the energy to write, so I will take this time to give you an update of sorts, a small window into some of my daily activities at this point.
“Two months after my surgery on August 28th, I have been strictly following the course of these excellent Doctors of Medicine, and progress is being achieved at a rate they as well as I am encouraged by. It is a difficult routine that I must endure for many more months that involves a very intense series of drug therapies and constant analytical procedures that are overwhelmingly draining because of their brutal side effects, but my eyes and heart are on the big picture, which is recovery.
“More often than not the biggest hurdle is knowing that after you engage yourself in this fight—this battle on a weekly schedule—you still must reserve some energy to think positive, as that is a very important and necessary mechanic in this healing process.
“Your prayers, messages and positive energy are not going unnoticed, and although I have quite a long road ahead, it is not traveled alone, as I have all of you there for support. And I thank you all for that!
“I will touch base and give you further updates soon.”
In addition to MacAlpine’s health problems, his wife was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
An all-star benefit concert for MacAlpine and his family will take place this Saturday, December 12. The Benefit for Tony MacAlpine concert will feature the line-up of Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian and John 5 and will take place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. They will be joined by Tom Morello, Nuno Bettencourt and Richie Kotzen for an all-star jam. That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies.
The show will also feature numerous auction items, including instruments donated by these and other artists. Fans can bid by visiting this site from December 12 through December 19. Auction items include:
• Personal guitars donated by Steve Vai, Kiss, Steve Lukather, Joe Satriani, Steven Stevens, Paul Gilbert, Joe Bonamassa, John Petrucci, Tom Morello, Richie Kotzen, Vinnie Moore, and Jeff Loomis
• Signature snare drums from Simon Phillips, Gregg Bissonette, Mike Portnoy, and Eric Singer
• Signature bass from Billy Sheehan
• Personal bass lessons with Rudy Sarzo
• Stage outfit worn by John 5 on the Rob Zombie tour
• A balcony stateroom and 2 Gold VIP packages from the Axes & Anchors Cruise (February 20–24, 2016)
All proceeds will be collected on behalf of MacAlpine and his family.
Tickets are on sale now via LiveNation.
Fans who would like to contribute to the cause can also visit the Benefit for Tony GoFundMe page.