This information comes from Leonard at Moonjune Records:
Not sure if all of You know that my very dear friend and legendary Soft Machine and Soft Machine Legacy’s bass player Hugh Hopper, had recently, since last June, some health problems and complications that didn’t allowed him to do any gigs since early June. Hugh was suffering from back pain for few years and suddenly in June got worse. Hugh had to cancel concerts in Mexico with Chris Cutler, and 10 shows tour of Japan with Yumi Hara-Cawkwell, and series of his solo concerts, or concerts with Soft Machine Legacy and Delta Saxophone Quartet during the last Summer were compromised. While treating very bad lower back pain, Hugh was having blood tests, and in hospital doctors have discovered beginning of leukaemia and that his blood had very low platelet-count. Hugh started to have an ongoing and painful chemotherapy treatment which was going relatively well but Hugh also suffered from some minor infections after the course finished. Hugh is doing better now, but still in hospital and only occasionally was able to go home. In any case Hugh Hopper has a very positive outlook on life and accepts life in a positive way and we all “hopperfully” hope, this hassle will end as soon as possible.
Sadly, with the lack of revenue resulting from his inability to perform since last June, Hugh and his family (his lovely wife Christine and 13 years old daughter Rosa) are currently in a less than comfortable financial situation – this is the reason for this VERY SPECIAL NOVEMBER SALE by MoonJune Records / MoonJune Global Media, offering all Hugh Hopper related cds for purchase, with profits going to my old friend and one-of-a-kind Hugh Hopper.
100% of the profit from sale of the below mentioned cds will go Hugh Hopper:
HUGH HOPPER “Numero D’Vol”
HUMI (HUGH HOPPER & YUMI HARA-CAWKWELL “Dune”
50% of the profit from sale of the below mentioned cds will go to Hugh Hopper:
SOFT MACHINE LEGACY “Steam”
SOFT MACHINE LEGACY “Soft Machine Legacy”
SOFT MACHINE LEGACY “Live In Zaandam”
30% of the profit from sale of this particular cd featuring HUGH HOPPER will go to Hugh Hopper::
CHRIS STASSINOPULOUS “Light In The Dark”
Featuring HUGH HOPPER, DAVID CROSS, ALEX FOSTER, BARRY FINNERTY, JOE BERGER and more
30% of the profit from sale of the rest of MoonJune Records’ catalog will go to my dear “fuzz-bass” buddy Hugh Hopper.
In addition, The Benefit Concert at the well known London’s 100 Club will be held on December 14th, an idea generated by his colleagues in Soft Machine Legacy, and made possible thanks to John Etheridge and The 100 Club. The entire profit will go to Hugh Hopper. If You can be there, please do so, and buy as much merchandise offered You can afford.
The Benefit will feature some of Hugh’s friends and fellow musicians:
SOFT MACHINE LEGACY (filling for Hugh: FRED BAKER on bass)
DELTA SAXOPHONE QUARTET
PHIL MILLER IN CAHOOTS
BASH QUARTET feat. ALEX MAGUIRE, PATRICE MEYER, FRED BAKER & LIAM GENOCKEY
SOPHIA DOMANCHIC & SIMON GOUBERT DUO
If You feel to write a post card or letter to Hugh and send any kind of present or memorabilia and express Your love and feelings, You can write to:
29 Castle Road
Whitstable, Kent CT5 2DZ
England, United Kingdom
For more updates, check Hugh’s website: http://www.hugh-hopper.com