BANG TANGO, BULLETBOYS and original W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes will perform at "Darryl Kunkle's Kick Cancer's Ass" benefit show on Tuesday, March 9 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Hard Rock Café at Station Square. The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a special spiritual tribute to local '80s metal fan Darryl Kunkle, who was diagnosed with a form of cancer called mesothelioma.The "Darryl Kunkle's Kick Cancer's Ass" benefit concert is being produced by Lawless Entertainment and will be filmed by local TV show "GlamSLAM28 Presents…The Music Asylum" for future airing. BANG TANGO's lineup for the performance will include original lead singer Joe Leste alongside Alex Grossi (QUIET RIOT, ADLER'S APPETITE) on guitar, Anthony Focx (BEAUTIFUL CREATURES) on guitar, Trent Anderson (DOGS DIVINE, D'MOLLS) on drums and Lance Eric (LUNCHBOX) on bass.
Holmes will play a special "W.A.S.P.-plus" set with members of BANG TANGO and guest lead singers.
Kunkle underwent a 14.5-hour surgery earlier this month to remove a giant tumor from his abdomen to the crust of his diaphragm. While in the I.C.U., Kunkle awoke to greet his wife, Dianne, with a "Hi, sweet pea" and later alerted the doctors that in no way shape or form would he be staying in the hospital any longer than needed because he "had a show that he was NOT going to miss." The doctors feel that they got 99% of the cancer out, but Kunkle will be undergoing additional chemotherapy. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is believed to be attributed to exposure to asbestos. Kunkle was enlisted in the Air Force stationed in Panama and was trained to work on brake linings that may have been lined with asbestos. He was also employed by the Nabisco company for six years in which the building he worked was closed for asbestos removal. This show will benefit Kunkle's additional medical and prescription costs. Get tickets at www.showclix.com or by contacting the Hard Rock Café by phone at 412-481-ROCK. Tickets are only $13 in advance and $15 at the door.
At Guitar Center in Robinson Township , guitarists Chris Holmes and Alex Grossi will make an in-store appearance from 5 to 6 p.m. BANG TANGO and Chris Holmes will take a private tour of Heinz Field, soaking in the Pittsburgh culture earlier in the day as well.