Perth punk and blues legend Brian Hooper (The Beasts of Bourbon, Kim Salmon & the Surrealists) was diagnosed with lung cancer late last year, and in an effort to help, a bunch of his friends and music industry legends have gotten together to put on a benefit concert for his cause. The show, I Get Up Again, will take place at Gate One, Claremont Showgrounds on Friday, April 20.
It’s an all star line up with sets from Kim Salmon and Friends, The Kill Devil Hills, Gareath Liddiard (The Drones, Tropical Fuck Storm), King Pig (Brian’s brother Alan has reformed the band for the show), The Teenage Dreamers (Kim Salmon and James Baker), The Floors, The Bible Bashers, Beautiful Losers, The Painkillers and The Polite Society.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to his GoFundMe campaign. Punters who want to support Brian but can’t get to the benefit can donate via a GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/BrianHooper
It’s not the first time misfortune has knocked Hooper down. After a freak balcony fall in 2004, doctors said he would likely never walk again. They were wrong. Now, Brian faces the toughest fight of all to get back up again.
Bandmate and Beasts lead singer Tex Perkins said, “Despite being told that he would never walk again, Brian determinedly rehabilitated himself to a point way past expectation. His recovery was a true Phoenix rising from the ashes episode and was an inspiration to the rest of us beasts. Brian’s accident really showed what he was made of – true grit. Cancer better watch out – Brian just might kick its fucking arse.”
I Get Up Again, the Brain Hooper Benefit takes place at Gate One, Claremont Showgrounds on Friday, April 20. Tickets on sale now.