Saturday, January 26, 2019

Alone in a Crowd - A Benefit For Howie at the Church

The following is a cut and paste from the "Alone in a Crowd - A Benefit For Howie at the Church" FB page:

Howard (“Howie”) Wallen needs your help.  He would not ask for himself, so we are doing it for him.

Howie played guitar with us in Alone In A Crowd 30 years ago.  He is now a macrobiotic chef, with a wife and a teenage daughter.  In the spring of 2017, Howie was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma: a slow growing tumor originating off of the auditory nerve between his inner ear and his brain.  The tumor affected his balance and ability to walk and caused right side functional deficits.  In May 2017, he underwent a 6.5 hour surgery that was supposed to have him back up and running in a month…

The surgery, which left him deaf in his right ear, did not remove all of the tumor… and it is growing back.  Howie now suffers from chronic debilitating headaches; loss of balance; cognitive, memory and speech deficits; a tremor in his right arm and hand;  vision problems; facial numbness; extreme fatigue, anxiety and, understandably, depression.    With these disabilities he cannot work, and that has hit his family very hard.  And, as the tumor grows, Howie’s symptoms will only get worse.  If left unchecked, Howie’s condition is fatal.  So, Howie must have another surgery, a 10 hour surgery, followed by radiation treatment. We can only hope that after this he will improve… but there is no guarantee.

Let’s let Howie and his family know that they are not alone during this ordeal.  After 30 years, Alone In A Crowd is getting back together again to play a one-time benefit show for him. 

The show lineup:

Listen to Alone In A Crowd (band Howie played in) from this YouTube video:

Check this video from Nowhere Roads (opening the show):

And listen / download the Mugface recordings here as LVA 031:  Mugface demo and practice session

Either Howie replaced me on guitar in the Mugface lineup or I replaced Howie. Neither of us can remember that far back (pre - Alone in a Crowd) !

Link to the FB page event page: Alone In A Crowd - A Benefit for Howie at the Church

If you want to help out whether you got a ticket or not visit: Go Fund Me - Benefit for Howie Wallen


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