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This Machine Kills Cancer Benefit This Weekend

June 18, 2010

The big benefit for Shayne Miel, of This Machine Kills Cancer and The Future Kings of Nowhere, is tomorrow! I hope to see you there!

Check out this great article in the Independent: This weekend’s benefit for Shayne Miel epitomizes the Triangle’s musical community

This Machine Kills Cancer—a 12-hour, 17-band benefit scheduled for ailing Durham rock bandleader Shayne Miel—was inevitable. Maybe not the name, maybe not the date, maybe not the bands, but sooner or later, somebody would have orchestrated a musical fundraiser for Miel. Turns out, a lot of somebodies rushed to the cause.

Miel, formerly known as Shayne O’Neill and best known as the frontman of The Future Kings of Nowhere, surprised the local music community late last year when he announced that he’d been diagnosed with Stage 4B non-Hodgkin’s B-cell lymphoma, an advanced cancer of the body’s lymphatic system. Shayne and his wife, Rebekah (formerly Meek, of local band Eberhardt; their last name is a portmanteau of his and her surname), sent a mass e-mail to friends and posted a note on Facebook about his condition. They began chronicling their experiences with a blog, thismachinekillscancer.tumblr.com.

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