Les Claypool recently sent a heartfelt newsletter reaching out to his fans for help. In the email, he thanked fans for supporting the recent Primus tour, and went on to share some bad news he’d received following his Oddity Faire Tour.
“I received the very traumatic news from my brother Ron that his little baby boy, Matthew, had been emergency airlifted to Stanford Medical Center where he was diagnosed with leukemia,” he wrote. “Matthew has since been undergoing rigorous chemotherapy treatment and he is progressing as well as can be expected. Needless to say this has been a gut wrenching experience for all of us and as the big brother, it breaks my heart to watch Ron and his wife Amy go through the torment of seeing their little boy suffer.”
He goes on to describe his brother as “one of the most giving and kindest fellows around.” Since the child is facing a minimum of three years of treatment, Claypool is asking for fans to consider donating to help with his nephew’s “insanely monumental cost” of treatment by visiting Baby Matthew’s website and giving what they can. He also suggests fans can help by supporting his brother’s fledgling hydroponics business, Green Gopher Garden Supply.
“It is going to be a tough haul,” Claypool said, “and I very much appreciate any support that is given to my brother and his family.”
Primus just wrapped up the second annual Oddity Faire Tour, and have only a few dates through the next few months, as they are working on a new album due out next year. The album will be their first since 1999’s Anti Pop.