X guitarist and punk legend Billy Zoom has been diagnosed with an aggressive type of bladder cancer. The 67-year-old will head into chemotherapy treatment next week. X, along with their manager Mike Rouse, have launched a fund to help deal with the ensuing medical costs.
Despite the diagnosis, however, Zoom will be playing the band's shows this weekend at Orange County’s Observatory. A replacement for further dates will be announced shortly.
In 2010, Zoom was diagnosed with—and ultimately defeated—prostate cancer.
Read a statement from X below.
In the music community, we all take turns helping each other. Punk rock and benefits: you name the cause, and the bands and fans will be there. Now it's our turn to help Billy Zoom, the wittiest, smartest, nicest, best guitar player & friend we know. We would do anything to help him get better, help take care of his family, and lessen his woes.
Please keep Billy in your prayers and send some positive energy his way! Donating a few bucks will take away some of his financial stress and worry. And it's the punk rock thing to do.
X are being honored with the Icon Award at the 2015 APMAs.