A benefit concert in aid of Shrapnel Records alumni Tony MacAlpine will take place at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.
The classically trained, metal shredder was recently diagnosed with colon cancer and was forced to cancel a tour Asia and Australia after receiving the news, he wrote on Facebook:
“Last week I was taken to the hospital with severe stomach pains. Following blood work, multiple MRI scans and various procedures, medical doctors discovered a large mass in my intestine, and it seems likely that we are dealing with cancer. My doctors have advised me that this will need to be dealt with immediately, and I am scheduled for surgery this week. Recovery from this surgery will take a month – right when I was scheduled to tour the Australasian region. Providing all goes well, it is our understanding I should be well enough to perform on the coming European tour.”
A host of premier guitarists including Steve Vai, John 5, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Stevens, Paul Gilbert, Steve Lukather and Joe Satriani have all donated personal guitars to be auctioned at the event. And Tony's manufacturers Ibanez, Hughes & Kettner, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Source Audio and Voodoo Lab have also donated equipment to be raffled.