Yesterday I learned that Billy Zoom the legendary guitarist for one of my favorite punk bands, X, has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. He successfully battled prostate cancer previously.
A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Zoom with the cost of his medical treatment: Help Billy Zoom Kick Cancers Butt. The effort has already raised close to $43,000. So, the call goes out to all punk rockers to help if you can. As the band said in a statement posted on their website: "Please keep Billy in your prayers and send some positive energy his way! Donating a few bucks will take away some of his financial stress and worry. And it's the punk rock thing to do." That last sentence may sound odd to anyone not familiar with punk rock, but if punk is/was ever about anything at all it is about solidarity.
In addition to Zoom, I have three personal friends who are currently battling various forms of cancer. I am grateful that, despite my seemingly natural and effortless leanings towards despair, that I have hope.
It's been years since I posted a X song as the Friday traditio, but who else could perform the task today? So, off their 1982 album Under the Big Black Sun is "The Have Nots"