In decidedly terrible and sad news, former Rogue Wave bass player Evan Farrell died December 23rd as a result of injuries he suffered in an apartment fire in Oakland, CA. There’s a news piece on Billboard.com with more details here.
To make an already awful situation worse, Evan leaves behind a wife and two kids. A memorial fund has been set up through PayPal to help his family get through this time. You’ll find that here. Please donate if you’re able.
Some remembrances of Evan can be found at the links following:
From his friends at Secretly Canadian
From Jonathan Cohen at Billboard
From Whitney Pastorek at Entertainment Weekly
From Zach on the Rogue Wave blog
Our hearts go out to Evan’s family and his many friends.
On September 30th 2006, San Francisco band Rogue Wave will host a benefit concert at The Independent to raise money for their drummer Pat Spurgeon, who is in desperate need of a kidney transplant.
The benefit concert will feature performances by Rogue Wave, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie,) Matthew Caws (Nada Surf,) Ryan Miller (Guster,) John Vanderslice, and other special guests. Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snickett) will MC the event.
Pat was born with one kidney and it failed. He had his first transplant in 1993, which served him well until now. After 13 years, it has started to deteriorate. He has been on dialysis since April and is hoping desperately to find a donor. Some of their friends have gotten tested to see if they are a match, but Pat has yet to hear good news. Provided he finds a donor, there will be an enormous amount of costs that both Pat and his donor will incur.
In a logical world, medical insurance would cover his donor’s and his expenses after the procedure, but it does not; so he and his family must carry the financial burden. The expenses can be huge. We are trying to raise money for costs like: donor’s travel, care, bills, lost work wages, etc., as well as Pat’s expenses, care, bills, etc. while he is in recovery.
If you cannot attend the show, we encourage you to donate whatever you can by visiting www.roguewavemusic.com
Thank you for your love and continued support, Rogue Wave (Zach, Pat, Gram, Evan)
628 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA 94117
Doors: 8:30pm; Show: 9:00pm
Tickets available now on www.ticketweb.com