Friday, November 24, 2017

Rock & Roll in the NEWS: Where New Rock Meets Old Rock...November 24, 2017 (R.E.M. Touring Member Fund Raiser)

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Over $88K Raised for R.E.M. Touring Member Who Suffered a Stroke

Scott McCaughey performs at Saturn Birmingham on Jan. 15, 2017 in Birmingham, Ala

Multi-instrumentalist Scott McCaughey, R.E.M.’s longtime touring member, recently suffered a stroke, and supporters have raised more than $88,000 to help with his medical costs.

McCaughey​'s wife set up a GoFundMe account on Monday (Nov. 20), which states that the musician is receiving treatment in San Francisco. She wrote that he will need to undergo physical and speech therapy.

“He is still in ICU and has a long, difficult road ahead to recovery,” the online fund page says, “but with his unsinkable spirit (and with time and hard work) we know that he'll come back from this and be back in your town rocking soon.”

McCaughey toured with R.E.M. from 1994 until the band's disbandment in 2011, playing rhythm guitar and keyboard while contributing backing vocals. He also fronts the bands the Young Fresh Fellows and the Minus 5.


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