Help Billy Zoom Kick Cancer's Butt
Now it's our turn to help Billy Zoom,
the wittiest, smartest, nicest, best guitar player & friend I know. I would do anything to help him get better, help take care of his family, and lessen his woes. Billy has begun chemo treatment at Cedars Sinai for Bladder cancer. He has a long road ahead of him but we are confident he's beat cancer once and he'll do it again!
Please keep Billy in your prayers and send some positive energy his way!
Donating a few bucks will help take away some of his financial stress and worry.
It's the punk rock thing to do.
Exene, John, DJ, and Mike
Posted by Mike Rouse
I've had my big exam and I'm cancer-free right now. However, my doctors are very concerned about it coming back, so, if I'm lucky, I'll be on and off chemotherapy for the next eighteen months. If I can make it through the next eighteen months without it coming back, things will be looking pretty good.
For the time being, I'm looking at one month of chemo, two months off, one month on, two months off, etc. It will probably take me two or three weeks to recover from from each month of chemo, but that still leaves five or six good weeks between chemo sessions to play some X shows and I'll be pushing for us to do as many as we can schedule. Once again, thank you all for your support and keep the prayers coming.
I almost forgot to mention that chemo is very slimming. I look good.
Posted by Mike Rouse
read as many of your comments as I've been able to. Your help has meant so
much to me and my family. I don't know how we'd have managed without you.
They've given me a break from the chemo so that I could heal enough for them
to do a comprehensive exam. October 7th, they'll insert a tiny camera into
my bladder to see how well the chemo treatments have been working, and based
on their findings, they'll decide what further treatments I'll need. Of
course we're all praying that their findings will be good and that I won''t
be going back on weekly chemo treatments and that they won't be removing any
more bits of me. Again, thank you for your support and keep your fingers
Posted by Mike Rouse
Billy has started with the Chemo portion of his treatment. We really don't know how much this is going to cost. This has been so overwhelming. First my friend has a cancer battle to fight and second the love and the support that has been shown. Billy really really uncomfortable...(really don't want to repeat what he said here) But he is crossing his fingers the worst of it is behind him and he just has to ride this part out. We don't know what we need but we know you have all made it easier. Thanks again from Billy Zoom his family and Me.
Posted by Mike Rouse
Billy Zoom, one of the nicest guys and best (and most underrated) guitarists in rock and roll. Looks like about an 85% survival rate if you caught it early, so the odds are on your side (we hope). Still hopeful that you kick cancer's ass. I'm very impressed to see how many friends you have!
We can't even begin to describe how much Billy Zoom has meant to us for 35 years. My wife grew up in Los Angeles and saw them at all the old places, many of which are gone. I grew up on the east coast, and saw X at the Columbia Theater, DAR Constitution Hall and the 9:30 Club in DC. I moved to Los Angeles in 1996; saw the X reunion at the Palladium in 1998, and we have been lucky enough to see X dozens of times since then, from Hollywood to Long Beach to Pioneertown. When it came time for my midlife crisis tattoo, the gothic X was the only way to go. Billy, we are pulling for you and have faith that you can beat this. The world needs its greatest rock guitarist, grinning, with the silver Gretsch or the other ones, either way. We look forward to many more X shows to come. Billy Zoom: national treasure.
thank you for everything, Billy. Your talent and your smile have brought so much joy to your fans, I was privileged to have been exposed to your music and to see you live on more than one occasion. X is my favorite band. And you are the most amazing guitarist alive. You have my prayers. Much love, Billy
Thanks to everyone for helping Billy and his family and to Mike for setting this up. It's great to see so many people get together to help a person out whom has brought joy to them through his music. I don't think he realized how much he matters to people. He's a humble man. I can't help but feel all the prayers and positive energy are going to see him through this. God speed, Zoom!
Get well soon! The Have Nots is one of my "go to" songs when I am feeling low, and it never fails to bring me back up. Thank you for bringing me years of listening pleasure, and I'm looking forward to many years more. Dawn comes soon enough for the working class . . .
For all of the great memories you and X have shared with Susie and me, an endless supply of energy and talent, but most importantly, your willingness to always be accessible to the people and honest a person as we've ever met...we love you, man...supporting you and X forever...the last great American band! Stay strong, fight the good fight, heal up and we'll see you soon, Billy!
As I begin another month of chemotherapy, I wanted to again thank all of you for helping me get through this. I'm responding well to treatment, but I still get chemo once a week, every third month. So I had chemo in April, I have chemo every week in July, and I'll do it agin in October. That leaves me August, Sept, Nov, and Dec for touring. X will be playing a lot during those months so watch fo us. THanks again, BZ
I saw X perform live in Nashville at the Exit/In in 1983 and literally couldn't hear for the next 2 days. I've been fan of X and Billy Zoom ever since.
1st saw X @Disney World in '85 - a perfectly bizarre venue - & you've been lifelong companions since. It was lovely to see Billy's Cheshire Cat grin @ the Star in PDX last Sunday, even though I was on call & it broke my heart to have to leave the show when duty called just before midnight. Will add you to my list of friends and survivors I relay & raise money for each July.
Seeing as how I grew up with Billy Zoom…. (F/K/A Ty) this story hit home. Funny how it really is a small world, people in a small town don’t forget. I am sorry to hear about his diagnosis and wish him the very best. Cancer knows no strangers, unfortunately. Please extend my well wishes to Billy, I will keep him in his prayers. Has he ever told you he had a wonderful mother…………… well, he did. Nothing but good thoughts Billy (Ty). Ruth Ann ‘Grummitt-James