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Joey Spampinato Diagnosed with Cancer

Joey Spampinato

NRBQ founder Joey Spampinato has been diagnosed with cancer. The bassist, who has more recently been touring with his band The Spampinato Brothers, will be going on a rigorous 12-month treatment plan. The news was broken via a YouCaring Crowdfunding page by his wife, Kami.

“Joey has been diagnosed with cancer. It’s not stage four. We are grateful for that,” she writes. “As it stands, we are on a 12-month treatment plan. Joey begins 24 hour chemotherapy in a few days. For about 6 weeks. He will also receive radiation every weekday for 6 weeks. After a break to recover and regain some strength, he will have surgery. After he recovers from surgery they will do more tests. Then, if everything goes as planned, the last half of the year will be six more months of chemo.”

Spampinato helped found NRBQ in 1967, blending rockabilly, pop, and jazz for an eclectic and electric style. The band recorded over 30 albums together and was featured in The Simpsons, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, and 28 Days. He has also worked with Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, and Eric Clapton among others.

We’re wishing a speedy recovery to Joey Spampinato!

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Jon Rochner

Jon Rochner

Thanks for sharing, Kevin.

Mark Neveu

Mark Neveu

Please, if you can help out a great bass player, songwriter and all around nice guy.
The first time I heard him play bass he changed my life.

ShonëandJimmy McGirr

I’m a cancer surviving bassist, too, wishing Joey and his family all strength and courage through this process. Heard NRBQ at The Bottom Line in NYC in the late 1970’s and then again in Portland, ME in the early 1990’s. So smart and fun!

Phil chen

Phil chen

We MUST get together and help our fellow Bassist with Cancer n especially Victor Bailey with MD

Doc.Hoc.

Doc.Hoc.

You have my prayers Joey ,

Matt Goldman

Matt Goldman

Dear Joey & Kami-

If there’s anything I can do…please don’t hesitate to contact me. Your amazing smile, musicianship and song melodies have been lighting up my life since being a “real teen”.

Love you,
Matt Goldman