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Benefit Concert for Slick Aguilar Featuring LOU GRAMM (Voice of Foreigner) AND MARTY BALIN (Jefferson Airplane/Starship) NJPAC March 14, 2014 8:00PM.

A benefit concert featuring Lou Gramm, the voice of Foreigner, along with special Guest Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplance/Starship will play in the intimate setting of Victoria Theater at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Friday, March 14, 2014.  This is a wellness benefit for famed musician Slick Aguilar, lead guitarist for Jefferson Starship.

Aguilar has been gracing fans with the gift of his guitar playing for over forty years and continued to do so until he fell seriously ill with Hepatitis C requiring a liver transplant.  This debilitating disease affected his ability to perform contributing to insurmountable medical bills and living expenses for his family.

All proceeds will go to Aguilar's ongoing health management and treatment.  The wellness concert will take place at 8pm with limited VIP meet and greet tickets available.  Tickets go on sale Friday, January 24 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com

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See below for recent update from Slick (9/16/13): 

Slick here,
 So, it was the morning of July 30 that I received an early morning call from the hospital telling me that they had found a liver for me. Needless to say, I was scared to death but knowing this was what I had been fighting for for a year or more, off to the hospital I went for my lifesaving operation.
 
31 days later, I was back home. After 22 days in the hospital and 9 days in a rehab center to build my strength back up, my wonderful doctors and nurses gave me the OK to return back to my house to continue my recovery. I am definitely not healed but I am well on the way there. I cannot thank my doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and rehab center staff enough for all they have done for me. I mean-they gave me a second chance to live and I am not going to squander that second chance away. I want to also thank my family, friends, fans, and everyone involved for all your kind words, emails, calls, texts, and healing vibes. You all have meant so much to me, you will never know. Also, I want to thank the family of the organ donor who literally saved my life. I realize that you lost a loved one and I will probably never find out who you are, but, I can never ever thank you enough. I am so so sorry for your loss but thank you so much for giving me the gift of life. And lastly, Maureen, Marky, and Krissy. You have been there for me through thick and thin and I will never forget you or be able to thank you enough for that. I love you.

I’m not sure what else I can say right now except thank you all again and ‘I AM HOME AND I AM ALIVE’!!!
 
Love to all,    Slick



Slick Aguilar has been the lead guitarist in Jefferson Starship
since 1992 and is only the 3rd person
to hold that position in the 40 year history of both Jefferson Airplane and
Jefferson Starship. This year marks 28 years Slick has played with Paul
Kantner, Marty Balin, and Company since he started with KBC Band
in 1984. Before that, he was lead
guitarist with David Crosby and before that,
KC & the Sunshine Band. His melodic and tasteful
guitar playing has soared the music of Jefferson Airplane & Jefferson
Starship longer than the Airplane's legendary Jorma Kaukonen and Starship's
Craig Chaquico combined.

Slick was recently diagnosed with Hepatitis C . Due to complications of this
disease, his liver is not functioning properly. Doctors have given him a
50/50 chance of survival in the next two years if he does not receive a
liver transplant.

News of this nature has forced Slick to step back from doing what he loves
which is playing music, and put his effort, attention and ambition towards
surviving. "I have been in this business for 35 years. I am now unable to
tour with Jefferson Starship. I had been hospitalized for ten days while
they were on tour. If I had gone on tour with them, it probably would have
killed me. The doctors have me on several different meds and what that is
basically doing is keeping me alive until I can get a liver transplant. I
have spent a lot of time planning and being evaluated so when a liver
becomes available I will be ready."

Time is of significant importance for Slick, his family and friends. "It's
going to be a pretty heavy duty operation and the recovery could take 9
months to a year- plus someone has to be with me 24/7," he said.

In continuing to speak openly, Slick shares his thoughts for seeking help in
the form of donations so this will be possible. "I do have insurance but it
will not be enough to cover all of the expenses. I am a working musician and
right now because of my health, I'm not working at all. Being a musician is
a great job and I love what I do but not all of us are paid like Paul
McCartney. It's a decent living but not enough to cover something as big as
a liver transplant. Donations in any amount are going to be helpful. I've
never had to do anything like this before but with the way the situation is
I have no other source of income."

It should also be noted that Slick is not paid any type of royalties or
anything of that nature from bands or individual artists he may play with.
He receives straight pay at a flat rate for doing a gig and that is how he
earns his pay. As if facing one's own mortality, suffering from a
debilitating illness and losing the job you love was not overwhelming
enough, Slick now faces a monumental amount of medical and day to day living
expenses, with no source of income. He may even have to relocate to another
state to receive the transplant.

Slick spends every couple of days talking to David Crosby. David had a liver
transplant several years ago and provides friendship and support. "He's my
coach because he knows what I am going through," said Slick.

David Crosby and some of Slick's other famous friends jumped onboard to
perform a benefit.
concert at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on February 24,
2013. 100% of the proceeds from the ticket sales and merchandise went
directly towards Slick's ongoing medical and day to day living expenses.
Besides David Crosby, Jefferson Airplane/Starship singer
Marty Balin, Country Joe McDonald
and Big Brother and the Holding Co.
all played at the benefit. Other fundraising efforts
associated with Slick's 2/24 benefit show occured that night. Hofner Guitars
generously donated a HA-GA04 acoustic guitar and San Francisco Guitar Center
donated a Fender Strat Squire Bullet and they were both autographed by the
stars of the benefit and raffled after the show.



***More one of a kind autographed guitars and drums will soon be raffled and
sold on EBAY to benefit Slick. Also-photo's by professional San Francisco
photographers Jay Blakesberg and Raymond Van Tassel are in the process of
being autographed and will soon be offered in return for a donation to
Slick's medical fund. Stay tuned to this page for more info.***



There are lots of other cool things you can get for donating to Slick's
cause. Click here to check out the list of swag and donate.

(Portions of this article were written by Helen Marketti
 for North Coast Voice Newspaper.)

 
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