FILTER Joined By Ex-Bassist, Now Soldier, At Kuwait Show

The Pulse of Radio reports that FILTER was joined by a surprise guest, ex-bassist Frank Cavanagh, during the band's performance on Monday (March 10) as part of Operation MySpace, a concert held in Kuwait for U.S. troops serving in the Middle East. Cavanagh, who played "Hey Man, Nice Shot" with the band, is now an Army Sergeant and heads for duty in Baghdad later this month. FILTER frontman Richard Patrick told The Pulse of Radio why Cavanagh decided to sign up. "Frank's inspired by world events and he's a huge history buff and, you know, he wanted to be at this pinnacle place in the world and see for himself what this is about," he said. "He joined the Army Reserves at the age of, I think, 35, they took him and he went to basic training. He said it was probably the hardest thing he ever did, but he was doing really great, and he's on his way."

Cavanagh was given special permission by the Army to play with FILTER at the show. He said in a statement, "I love the Army and I love FILTER. To be able to join Richard and my former band for the first time in nearly six years is a huge honor...as I am able to share the musical part of my life with my brothers and sisters who are serving our country."

Also performing as part of the Operation MySpace event were DISTURBED, the PUSSYCAT DOLLS, JESSICA SIMPSON, DJ Z-TRIP and comedian Carlos Mencia. The event was webcast on MySpace and a condensed one-hour version will air on the FX cable network on April 12.

FILTER's new single, "Soldiers of Misfortune", was inspired by a letter from a FILTER fan who joined the Army reserves to get his college tuition paid. He was sent to Iraq and was killed in a rocket attack just days later. The single will appear on FILTER's new album, "Anthems for the Damned", due out May 13.

Watch an interview with Richard Patrick and Frank Cavanagh in three parts below.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Tags:

Posted in: News

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).