James Murphy Has Brain Tumor Relapse; Donations Welcome
James Murphy, former guitarist of both Death and Testament, as well as founding member of the death metal band Disincarnate, has had a relapse of the brain tumor that sidelined him back in 2001. Murphy stated that the tumor had returned but that it was a non malignant and that it was being treated pharmacologically. Unfortunately, those medications have serious side effects that have left him unable to work. The option for different medications is available, but at a cost of over $1000 a month, and he needs a minimum of 6 months of medication for treatment to be effective. With his medical expenses extremely high and James not being able to work due to the side effects of the current medications, the metal community is being asked to come together and help one of their brothers and donate to help him beat this once and for all.
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Read more about James previous surgery and ongoing treatment after the jump. Continue reading →
Drummer and all-around nice guy John Tempesta (Exodus, Testament, White Zombie, Helmet, The Cult etc.) is celebrating his 47th Birthday today! I’ve interviewed John a few times and he is always a great interview and completely hilarious to talk to. Happy Birthday, Johnny!
“When I joined Slayer and I went on tour with them, there’s one particular memory that sticks out for me. We were already working on the new record and right before we went into the studio I went to a club in Hollywood to see Fu Manchu. I remember this one guy was standing there with his girlfriend and he walked up to me, because he recognized me. He was this tall, buff guy. He’s looking at me and he says, ‘So, I hear you’re the new drummer for Slayer.’ And I said. “Yeah, how are you doing? My name is Paul.’ First he gives me this once over, and then he looks at me like he’s thinking, ‘How could this guy replace Dave Lombardo?’
I remember he reached over, grabbed my bicep and squeezed it to see if I was really strong. Then he looked at me, shook his head and walked away. I remember thinking, ‘Okay, so what I need to do to win over the fans is go to the gym.’ It was the funniest thing because I remember wondering how the size of my bicep related to how well I play the drums. I just stood there in complete shock.”