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An Update from Tony
December 7, 2015

Photo by Kris Claerhout

Hello my friends,

I would like to say hello to you all and wish you the best during this holiday season. Regardless of whether you are near or far, this is the time of the year that brings friends and family together.

It has been a while since I have had the energy to write, so I will take this time to give you an update of sorts, a small window into some of my daily activities at this point.

Two months after my surgery on August 28th, I have been strictly following the course of these excellent Doctors of Medicine, and progress is being achieved at a rate they as well as I am encouraged by. It is a difficult routine that I must endure for many more months that involves a very intense series of drug therapies and constant analytical procedures that are overwhelmingly draining because of their brutal side effects, but my eyes and heart are on the big picture which is recovery.

More often than not the biggest hurdle is knowing that after you engage yourself in this fight – this battle on a weekly schedule – you still must reserve some energy to think positive, as that is a very important and necessary mechanic in this healing process.

Your prayers, messages and positive energy are not going unnoticed, and although I have quite a long road ahead, it is not traveled alone, as I have all of you there for support. And I thank you all for that!

I will touch base and give you further updates soon.

Tony MacAlpine


“Man In A Metal Cage” performed live at EMGtv
November 25, 2015

Check out “Man In A Metal Cage” performed live at EMGtv!

The video features Aquiles Priester on drums, Pete Griffin on bass, and Nili Brosh on guitar. Mixed by Adair Daufembach, and engineered by Greg Wurth.

Pick up your copy of “Concrete Gardens” with the Special Edition bonus DVD featuring Tony and the band playing the entire album live at: http://tonymacalpine.spinshop.com


Benefit for Tony MacAlpine – GoFundMe Campaign Launched
November 8, 2015

We are deeply grateful for all the offers of support Tony has received.  If you’re unable to make it to the show, but would like to help Tony, you can do so by donating to a Go Fund Me campaign we have set up: http://gofund.me/BenefitForTony

You can also help by buying Tony’s new CD/DVD directly from this website.


Rock Royalty Join Forces For A Benefit Concert For Tony MacAlpine
November 4, 2015

(Los Angeles, CA) Guitar legends Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5, along with drum powerhouse Mike Portnoy, bass icon Billy Sheehan and keyboard phenomenon Derek Sherinian are joining forces to play a benefit concert for guitar and keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.

The Benefit for Tony MacAlpine will take place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on December 12, 2015, at 7:00pm, featuring performances from John 5 & The Creatures, Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night.

In addition to this extraordinary musical event, Steve Vai, John 5Joe Bonamassa, Steve Stevens, Paul Gilbert, Steve Lukather and Joe Satriani have all graciously donated personal guitars to be auctioned during the event. Simon Philips has dontated a signature snare.  Tony’s gear manufacturers Ibanez, Hughes & Kettner, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Source Audio and Voodoo Lab have also generously donated equipment to be raffled.

Tony’s cancer diagnosis comes on the heels of his wife’s diagnosis with breast cancer in June, making the situation even more trying for Tony and his family.

“Tony is a dear friend, an absolutely sweet human being and one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever worked with,” says Mike Portnoy, “We are coming together to help raise money and awareness to help him fight his battle and come out on top!” Adds Steve Vai, “It’s a great privilege to take to the stage with my friends Zakk, John, Mike and Billy in support of our dear friend Tony. Tony has always been blessed with an exceptional talent and more so, he’s an exceptionally cool guy. It’s a great cause and will be a magical evening of guitar extravaganza.”

“Tony has been such an inspiration to me,” says John 5, “He is an incredible musician and an unbelievable talent. Please let’s all come together and beat this!”
“Tony is our brother. We look forward to making a historical night, and raising a lot of money to help our friend in need.” said Derek Sherinian.

Tony MacAlpine is widely known as a guitar virtuoso who is just as skilled on the keys. Edge of Insanity, his classic debut album, was recently ranked by Guitar World magazine as one of the Top Ten Shred Guitar Albums of all time. Aside from his solo work, Tony has also been part of several rock supergroups including Planet X with Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati; PSMS (Portnoy/Sheehan/MacAlpine/Sherinian); as well as the Grammy nominated CAB with bassist Bunny Brunel and drummer Dennis Chambers. MacAlpine also spent seven years playing guitar and keys in Steve Vai‘s touring band The Breed.  Tony’s most recent album Concrete Gardens was released in May. Tony toured the US in June to promote the album, but was forced to cancel tours of Asia, Australia and Europe when his health deteriorated.

Tickets are on sale Saturday November 7, at 10am PT through LiveNation, with all proceeds going to help Tony and his family. A GoFundMe campaign will be set up for fans who can’t make the show, but still want to contribute.


A Note From Tony
September 30, 2015

Hello everyone..

I would like to extend a heartfelt message to all of you..thanking you sincerely for all of the wonderful support you have given me over the many years, and especially now through this difficult time. Sadly, I was forced to cancel my recently planned tours of Asia, Australia and Europe on sound medical advice because of this unforeseeable illness. But I am on the road to recovery. There are some more months of important treatments that are required to ensure that all of the excellent work the medical team has performed will be sustained in the future.

It’s has been greatly disappointing for me, as this was the first time in my many years of professional music work that i have ever had to make such a tough decision. For me, playing is a necessary element of my daily life and function, and as discouraging as this has been for me, I am aware that it has truly been a very hard situation for my colleagues and professional associates to experience also.

We never really know why things happen to us in our lives and what reasons they happen for – at least not right away, but I am always in search of what lessons we are constantly being taught, and have learned to accept things as they are. I do know that I am blessed to have been able to contribute my art to the music scene, and more so to do it for you all.

I will see you all on the road once I’m healed, and once again want to thank you all for being there!!

Peace,

Tony MacAlpine


Refund for Japan Shows Available September 26
September 24, 2015

A reminder to fans in Japan that Tony’s shows at Club Citta’​ in Kawasaki, and Music Club JANUS 心斎橋​ in Osaka have been cancelled due to illness.

Ticket refunds will be available beginning tomorrow, September 26.

Tony looks forward to visiting Japan when he is fully recovered.


Tony MacAlpine Cancels European Dates Due To Illness
September 14, 2015

It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of Tony’s European tour which was slated for October/November.

Tony’s condition has not improved since the surgery to remove a tumor from his intestine, and he will need further treatment.

We are incredibly disappointed that the world tour dates are being postponed indefinitely, but Tony needs to focus completely on his recovery at this time.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to provide words of love, encouragement and support to Tony. It’s deeply appreciated. We will post further updates soon.


Update on Tony’s Health
August 29, 2015

Hello it’s Mike, Tony’s manager, checking in with some good news on Tony’s birthday!

The operation yesterday lasted over 6 hours, and was a success. Doctors removed the tumor and it does not appear to have spread to other organs. It will be a few days before we know if Tony will require additional chemotherapy, or if he gets a clean bill of health, so we are of course hoping for the latter.

Thank you so much for all the messages of love and support that you have sent Tony. All that positive energy made a huge difference, and continues to do so during what has been a difficult time for Tony and his wife, who has also been battling breast cancer since May.

We will have more news in the coming days, and I expect that Tony will check in with a message for you all soon.


TONY MACALPINE CANCELS ASIA AND AUSTRALIA TOURS DUE TO ILLNESS
August 24, 2015

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To my friends in Asia and Australia, it is with great disappointment and regret that I must announce the cancellation of my tours in Asia and Australia.

Last week I was taken to the hospital with severe stomach pains. Following blood work, multiple MRI scans and various procedures, medical doctors discovered a large mass in my intestine, and it seems likely that we are dealing with cancer. My doctors have advised me that this will need to be dealt with immediately, and I am scheduled for surgery this week. Recovery from this surgery will take a month – right when I was scheduled to tour the Australasian region.

Providing all goes well, it is our understanding I should be well enough to perform on the coming European tour.

For Australia and Asia, we are working on rescheduling the shows. We will advise you as soon as possible when the new dates are booked.

In Australia, refunds may be obtained via thumpmusic.com.au.

In Asia, refunds can be obtained through the ticket purchase outlet.

I want to thank Jellybeard Music & Management (our booking agent in Asia) and Thump Music (our booking agent in Australia) for being so supportive in light of this news. We apologize for any inconvenience these tour postponements have caused, but I’m determined to make these dates up, and rock your city soon!

Wishing you all the best,

Tony