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Sad News From Los Straitjackets

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

On his website, Los Straitjackets guitarist and founding member Daddy-O Grande (aka, Danny Amis) has posted some sad news, which reads in part:

“I have a very difficult announcement to make. I’ve had to cancel all upcoming shows due to having been diagnosed with cancer. The type of cancer I’ve been told I have is called Multiple Myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow.

“I hear it’s very difficult to treat and I won’t know what the treatment will be, or how long, until I’ve had more tests, but I will fight this the best I can. There are too many records I still want to make, and besides, I’m not going anywhere until after I figure out the whole ghost thing!

“I hope to be back out there to see you all again someday in person, I love all of you very much. Meanwhile, donโ€™t miss any of the upcoming Los Straitjackets shows. Theyโ€™ll have some cool surprises for you, and part of the money from those shows will help toward my medical bills.”

Danny Amis
Daddy-O Grande

So while the Big C has forced Danny to the sidelines, fellow guitarist and Los Straitjackets bandmate (and Rensselaer native) Eddie Angel has recruited Greg Townson from Rochester-based rock band the Hi-Risers to fill in for Amis on their current tour. Townson will be known onstage as “Gregorio El Grande,” Danny’s long-lost cousin from Guadalajara on guitar.

Los Straitjackets will continue to honor their current bookings throughout the summer with the revamped band – including a free concert at Shepard Park in Lake George at 7:30pm on Wednesday.

(Related story: Eddie Angel, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?)

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