Sat 31 May 2008

If you saw the Black Cat ad, you probably saw that we had to cancel from the June 12th show. This is our 2nd time doing that this spring, so we thought it might be time to explain. Earlier this winter, Clark had a small growth on his leg, so he went to the doctor to get it checked out. When the biopsy came back, he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer. If you're familiar with cancer, it tends to be one of the more aggressive ones. We got the news the day of our last Black Cat show (Feb. 28), if you were wondering why the show was a bit more impassioned. The first surgery took place on April 2, making three big cuts and taking out a tumor and any cancerous cells. If you saw Clark gimping around the Black Cat weeks later it's because they had to go through some leg muscles. Come to think of it, the shows in April were still during the muscle rehab time, when he couldn't put his heel down. We found out today that there are more cancerous spots that the doctors want to go after, and the first time they can get him into surgery is June 11th, thus canceling the show. Clark's doing great, is in high spirits and things are looking much better than they did at first - we're quite optimistic. After this surgery there will be another recovery time, and we'll be back to playing shows, writing and waiting to finally hear the word "remission." Some friends already knew this and we'd like to thank you all for the support and well wishes. Fort Reno is coming, we hope to see you there!