When singer Jerry Wimmer of The Worx closed the Todd Cooper Benefit show at Growler’s on March 17, he said: “Don’t let this be the end. Keep it going!”
Several local acts have taken heed to help Cooper, drummer for The Worx and Mafia Track Suit. When news emerged that Cooper suffers tachycardia — a fast heart rhythm that could be life-threatening — folks were shocked. You know how people say something “couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy”? Well, this guy is too nice for such a thing to happen to him.
His mates in Mafia Track Suit have released their disc “Tiger Blood,” which you can find and download at http://mafiatracksuit.bandcamp.com. Buy it, and all the money goes to help out Cooper. Buy the band’s EP there while you’re at it. Both are good records, though “Tiger Blood” shows real growth, and Cooper’s playing is as rock solid and tasty as it always has been.
The Suit also has songs for sale for the Rock Band platform. Buy them at http://www.rockband.com/songs/artists/Mafia+Track+Suit, and that money goes to Cooper’s recovery fund, too. Chase wrote in an e-mail: “The Rock Band Network and Fairwood Studios (who authored the songs for gaming) both donated to Todd’s benefit show.” Cool.
Over at Schooners, a Roanoke epicenter of do-gooding, Eric Larsen has been hitting up that venue’s weekly open mic attendees, as well.
“So every Tuesday I explain Todd’s situation between various breaks in the evening and virtually panhandle from that point,” Larsen wrote. “I average around $100 by the end of the night. After 8 weeks we are now up to $1110.00 … Lowlife has now joined in on Wednesdays and they collected another $113 last night. We are at $1223.”
That’s two nights a week of Todd Cooper love at the Schoon.