John Blackwell Jr

I’ve idolized a lot of drummers over the decades, but perhaps none moreso than John Blackwell. For me he’s always been the most fascinating to watch in terms of his unique flair and nuanced fluidity on fills and solos, a seemingly modern approach that has made him endlessly compelling and inspirational to so many … including Prince. He gained notoriety as The Purple One’s drummer for 12 years and blew some minds at Prince’s 2004 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction.

So it’s certainly upsetting to learn that while on tour in Japan last week he lost the use of his left arm and leg to what doctors believe is related to brain tumors.

I know musicians everywhere will be praying for his full recovery …

A Go Fund Me page has been set up by John Blackwell’s wife accepting donations to help pay medical and related expenses

UPDATE (Oct. 14th)

John Blackwell, currently recovering in Tampa Bay, Florida, has posted a video thanking fans for their ongoing love and support …

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