Hardcore punk legends BAD BRAINS have issued a statement asking for their "privacy be honored" after it was reported that the band's guitarist Gary "Dr. Know" Miller was hospitalized due to an undisclosed ailment.
A number of musicians took to social media earlier today to express their concern about Dr. Know's health, with the Deen Ween Facebook group reporting that the guitarist was on life support. Other artists, including the LIVING COLOR vocalist Corey Glover and AGNOSTIC FRONT, have also tweeted in support of the 57-year-old guitarist, who is one of only two members of BAD BRAINS to have played with the seminal D.C. group since they formed in 1977.
Earlier today, BAD BRAINS released the following statement regarding Dr. Know:
"The BAD BRAINS family ask that you please keep Gary (Dr. Know) Miller in your thoughts and prayers. The family respectfully ask that their privacy be honored during this time and very much appreciate all the great energy that is being sent their way. Positive vibes and PMA!"
Back in July, Dr. Know and Daryl Jenifer of the BAD BRAINS joined FOO FIGHTERS on stage at New York's Citi Field to perform the BAD BRAINS classics "How Low Can A Punk Get" and "The Regulator". FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl invited the special guests out to perform with the band and help him "live out my childhood fantasy". Grohl later described the experience as "the greatest fucking moment of my entire fucking life."
BAD BRAINS' most recent album was 2012's "Into The Future".