Fred Cole, the Portland punk legend most known as the frontman for Dead Moon, will undergo heart bypass surgery, according to an announcement on the Web site of his current project, Pierced Arrows.
Here is the full message:
“Our worst nightmare has come true. Over the last couple of weeks Fred has problems with his heart. We didn't want to make any decisions until the tests were all finished & we consulted with his heart doctors. Now we know that he has 80-100% blockage in his arteries and must have emergency open-heart surgery for a bypass.
This is very major surgery and will be at least 6 months for recovery, maybe even a year. Obviously, this means we are forced to cancel all tours, shows, pending offers etc. for both Pierced Arrows & Dead Moon & Fred and Toody unplugged.
Fred & Toody”
In a Willamette Week article from early January previewing a Dead Moon reunion at Crystal Ballroom, Cole, 65, said the previous year had "been a nightmare" for him health-wise. He had a hernia operation and referred to other ailments which he refused to disclose.
Pierced Arrows were scheduled to play Dante's in May. No other Dead Moon gigs had been confirmed following the show at the Crystal, though at the time, the band said offers were pouring in, which they were willing to entertain, "if we can make it through this [show]," said Cole's wife and bandmate, Toody. They did a lot more than merely survive it.
Here's wishing Fred a speedy recovery.)