After months of pushing, and cheering on from fans, lead singer of indie band The Bayonets has finally given in to the increasing pressure and made good on his many ALS Ice Bucket Challenge nominations…much to the delight of his nephew!
Despite initially being wary about participating in the challenge and worrying that is was a passing bandwagon that people were jumping on, Brian soon realised that it was all in the name of a good cause so who was he to refuse the challenge. You can see the video at the end of this post.
He took to Facebook to reinforce his point, saying “Thanks to all of you who gave to the ALS Foundation and/or took the challenge. Yes, as a meme it’s so over. But as a disease it still needs attention.”
So he stoically took a bucket of ice cold water over his head, delivered by several more than willing volunteers, including Weezer bassist Scott Shriner and Brian’s nephew James, who squeals and chuckles with delight at the sight of his uncle having some frosty fun in the Californian sun.
He was nominated by many people, including fan Dani May of Colombia (full story here) and Scott Shriner himself. In turn Brian nominated Rusty Anderson and Abe Laboriel Jr – fellow members of Paul McCartney’s touring band
ALS (also known as Motor Neurone Disease) causes the brains nerve cells to degenerate. This in turn causes rapid loss of control of muscles in the body, leading to debilitation and death. One of the most harrowing aspects of the disease is that it does not effect intellect, memory or the senses, causing people to become ‘trapped’ in their own body.
To find out more about the disease and what you can do to help, visit the official ALS Association website here.