After more than a decade of being U.S. black metal's best-kept secret, LUDICRA finally got a dream offer to play main support to Norwegian legends MAYHEM. Then, approximately sixty days prior to the tour launch, MAYHEM pulled the plug.
Against all odds, LUDICRA was able to book a full U.S. tour — 31 shows with no days off — and salvage their ability to promote a critically acclaimed new album, "The Tenant" (currently "Album of the Month" in Terrorizer magazine).
A week before the tour commenced, LUDICRA guitarist John Cobbett felt a pain in his abdomen, and visited the hospital in San Francisco. He had self-diagnosed appendicitis, but the hospital staff dismissed his concerns and sent him home, unaided. That night, John played on stage in support of PENTAGRAM while his appendix continued to rupture. Over the next week, a large abscess grew around his failing appendix, yet John worked his job, and performed the first gig of tour in Portland, Oregon.
On day two of the tour, John was struck down by an incapacitating pain. Though John's home is San Francisco, he's currently laid up in a hospital in Olympia, Washington — facing uninsured surgeries while his bandmates are soldiering on, and will soon resume performing and selling merchandise in order to recoup a fraction of the money lost by show cancellations, and imminent, astronomical medical bills.
It is sincerely hoped that John will rehabilitate quickly enough to fulfill most of his tour obligations. Meanwhile, time and precious funds are slipping away…
Currently, there are two ways to help.
The first is a direct donation. WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM are handling that for LUDICRA. For the PayPal address, see here.
The second is a purchase of a poster by artist Raymond Ahnerhere. All proceeds (minus printing and shipping costs) will go towards Cobbett's medical costs.