Scott Morgan needs your help. About three months ago, Scott was diagnosed with severe liver disease and ascites (no Hep C). He is stable and living at home but we still don't know to what extent damage can be reversed. This healing is a very long and slow process and we simply have to wait to see how his body responds to treatment. Scott is firmly committed to getting well without surgery and is doing everything in his power to make that happen. Needless to say, he quit drinking at once.
Many of you have asked about his voice. It sounds very scratchy and weak at this point and he hasn't even attempted to sing! Once again, the extent to which it will come back remains to be seen. He needs to see a specialist for diagnosis. We'll keep you posted.
Financially, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital has an assistance program that covers part of his bills, (bless them), however, there is still the other part that Scott has to pay, which is significant, plus anything outside their health system such as prescriptions, etc. Although we have applied for Medicaid and other Social Services, these are difficult days for those funds and nothing has been approved as yet.
In order to show our support and help Scott through tough times, a group of his friends have gotten together to stage a benefit performance and to solicit funds. The plans for the benefit are just under way so there is little to report as yet, but stay tuned to this page for updates. If you can help Scott by sending a donation or buying merchandise, that would really help him a lot.
All of the information you need to buy merchandise or send a donation with a check is on the Merch link. Donations through PayPal can be made by clicking on the Donate button. If you don't have a PayPal account, they accept credit cards. For more news and details of benefit shows, please go here.
Early reviews of the "Live at Masonic" disc are glowing. read what Canadian website herohill has to say here. The I-94 Bar gives it a high rating while French speakers will appreciate the take that Gonzai has.
No, that's not a mirage. UK label Easy Action has a 2CD set "Live At The Second Chance" coming any tick of the clock.
A re-mastered version of disc 3 of the Sonic's Rendezvous Band box set has been released on CD and LP by
Rock-a-rama records via Alive. This is the 1978 Masonic Auditorium, Detroit, show at which SRB supported the Ramones. You can pick up copies of both CD and LP via our online shop. The LP is a limited edition purple vinyl version of the previously-available album, with different artwork.
A live clip of Sonic's Rendezvous Band playing "City Slang" has just been embedded on the site here.
Scott Morgan's band Powertrane will support the Stooges on their Detroit date of their US tour on April 13. Radio Birdman guitarist Deniz Tek will be Powertrane's special guest.
A YouTube clip of Alvin Youngblood and Gary Rasmussen covering "Electrophonic Tonic" has been added to our visual gallery here.
Scott Morgan is re-activating his trans-Atlantic band The Hydromatics to record a new studio album. Scott will re-unite with Dutchman Tony Slug (Nitwitz, Loveslug) with Ries Doms on drums and Theo Brouwer on bass. Also along for the ride will be Australian guitarist Kent Steedman of the Celibate Rifles. Two weeks of writing and recording await. Stay posted for live dates after the album release.
Condolences to the family of Mrs Virginia Cooke, mother of original Sonic's Rendezvous Band bass player Ron Cooke, who passed away February 5. She was the person who taught Ron how to play a stringed instrument. On November 22, 2006 - at the age of 92 - Mrs Cooke travelled from her home in Wisconsin to Michigan to see her son play live for the first time in over 30 years. Condolences to Ron, Pam and the rest of the Cooke family.