December 12th: Benefit For Tony MacAlpine @ the Wiltern Theater, LA
Included in the show were:
- John 5 & The Creatures
- Zakk Wylde
- Mike Portnoy
- Billy Sheehan
- Derek Sherinian
- Steve Vai and band
- Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt
- Paul Gilbert
The evening finale was an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian, and featuring special guests.
Videos from the benefit show can be viewed below:
MacAlpine’s update on his health:
“Hello my friends,
I would like to say hello to you all and wish you the best during this holiday season. Regardless of whether you are near or far, this is the time of the year that brings friends and family together.
It has been a while since I have had the energy to write, so I will take this time to give you an update of sorts, a small window into some of my daily activities at this point.
Two months after my surgery on August 28th, I have been strictly following the course of these excellent Doctors of Medicine, and progress is being achieved at a rate they as well as I am encouraged by. It is a difficult routine that I must endure for many more months that involves a very intense series of drug therapies and constant analytical procedures that are overwhelmingly draining because of their brutal side effects, but my eyes and heart are on the big picture, which is recovery.
More often than not the biggest hurdle is knowing that after you engage yourself in this fight – this battle on a weekly schedule – you still must reserve some energy to think positive, as that is a very important and necessary mechanic in this healing process.
Your prayers, messages and positive energy are not going unnoticed, and although I have quite a long road ahead, it is not traveled alone, as I have all of you there for support. And I thank you all for that!
I will touch base and give you further updates soon.”