James Murphy Benefit

By Frank Meyer, Contributing Editor
Wednesday, January 23, 2002 @ 10:20 AM

Abrasive Rock Showcase Becomes

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When the organizers of the Abrasive Rock Showcase began to set up their first annual metal festival, they wanted it to be a benefit for former Testament/Death/Obituary guitarist James Murphy. However, they wanted to make sure it was ok with him and his family. Well, they have given their blessing and so the show is under way!

So, yes, the first Abrasive Rock Showcase is now a benefit for James Murphy. This is just yet another great reason to come on by. Other reasons? Abrasive Rock will be giving out over $200 worth of free CDs, posters, shirts, and more! The band scheduled to appear at the event are Hate Fist, Aggression Core (with Curran Murphy -- ex-Nevermore current Annihilator), River Red, Last Nerve, and Drunk As Usual.The show starts at 9pm sharp at the 4th Ave Tavern in Olympia, WA. For directions go to www.the4thave.com. Last September Murphy was diagnosed with a neurologically effecting pituitary macro-adenoma -- a growth that caused pressure on his brain, causing him to develop poor judgment, memory, and vision, among several other symptoms. He has spent the last several months recovering from a recent emergency operation that is believed to have successfully prevented the disease from progressing to a more advanced stage. At the time of Murphy’s diagnosis, the guitarist was said to be working on the material for a long-awaited sophomore offering from his death metal project Disincarnate, which is also set to feature an appearance by former At The Gates and current The Crown frontman Tomas Lindberg—for a 2002 release through Nuclear Blast Records.

According to Murphy, he has already incurred over $60,000 in medical expenses, and he will have to rely, in part, on the generosity of others to help him get through this latest ordeal, the cost of treatment for which is certain to rise substantially in the coming months.

James can be contacted via e-mail at the addresses below:

IdleSouls@aol.com (brother Stephen)

cmurphy9@tampabay.rr.com (dad Charles)

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