American punk rock band Green Day relays news about band guitarist and backing vocalist Jason White being diagnosed of tonsil cancer.
In a press release posted on their official site dated Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, they addressed the news of White’s diagnosis.
We have some news to report regarding our brother Jason White, and wanted you to hear it from us before word spread. Jason recently underwent a routine tonsillectomy, and his doctors discovered a treatable form of tonsil cancer. Thankfully they caught it early and he should make a full and speedy recovery. Please join us in sending him love and positive healing vibes during this time. (via Rolling Stone)
As of the moment, there has been no further updates regarding White’s current condition. But almost instantly after the press release was posted, concerned fans expressed their wishes of a speedy recovery for the guitarist all over the Internet.
According to Rolling Stone, White has been with the band since the early 1990s, when he joined lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong's side project Pinhead Gunpowder. He first went onstage with them as a rhythm guitarist in 1999 during their Warning tour. Afterwards, he started joining the later tours the band had performed in. In addition to this, White also played for the band’s pseudonym side projects, the Foxboro Hot Tubs and the Network.
Upon the release of Green Day's trio of studio albums “¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre!” in 2012, White was named a fulltime member of the band. Fellow members include Armstrong, bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool, who replaced John Kiffmeyer in 1990.
In October 2014, Green Day was announced to be among the nominees for next year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Fans can vote until Dec. 9, 2014, on which of the 15 nominees would be inducted. The top five fan’s vote-getters will be announced toward the end of the year and inducted on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Fellow nominees include The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A, Lou Reed, The Smiths, The Spinners, Sting, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, War, and Bill Withers.
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