RANDY BOWLES, former production manager for Uptown Mix, drummer and cancer patient
Tell me about the cancer. Well, it's in my lymph nodes and on the back of my tongue. So far, I've had nine chemos and haven't had any trouble with them so far. I'm taking a break from treatment now so that I can do seven weeks of radiation, and then it should all be over. I've had worse colds. So far, this whole ordeal has made me realize how many good friends I have. They threw a benefit for me at the 3 Crow Bar, and the turnout was incredible.
What advice do you have for someone diagnosed with something like cancer? Well, in my case, I just decided to grab 'em by the balls, look 'em straight in the eye and deal with it. What else can you do?
What's up with the Uptown Mix this year? Basically, we lost our parking lot to some up-and-coming high-rise condos. There's a chance that Uptown could be resurrected this fall at a yet-to-be-disclosed location, so stay tuned.
How would you describe the music of your band, Horse? Quite simply, we're a cock-rock band.
Are you guys putting the cock back in rock? It never left.
When's the next gig? June 5 at the Alleycat Lounge for the TonUp British bike show. We 'll be playing along with The Trenches, The Balls and the Fall City Angels. It should be a great show. It will be the last Horse show for a while since I start radiation the following week.