While moe.‘s Rob Derhak might not be giving audiences chills with his bass playing theatrics, he is inspiring a different kind of positive reaction among his dedicated fanbase. Derhak recently announced that he was diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer, and his extended friends and “famoe.ly” have sprung into action to help the bassist with his medical bills.
With moe. going on hiatus while Derhak undergoes treatment, concerned moe.rons have created a fundraising campaign they’re calling “Ribbons For rob.”. The fundraising site is selling baseball-style t-shirts emblazoned with a stylized ribbon featuring images of Derhak. Shirts are 30 dollars and donations are also being accepted. All proceeds are going directly to the Derhak family to help them be able to focus on rest and recovery. You can check out the site here.
Campaign originator Leonard Nendza had this to say about his reasons for starting this kind-hearted initiative: “I dedicate this t-shirt design to Robert Derhak. Truly been blessed to watch you play your music the last 20 years with the boys in moe. Your music has inspired a continuous change in my life and brought it from emotional chaos to clarity. May the healing vibes of famoe.ly reach you.” His efforts have already begun to show results as word of the initiative begins to spread. Given the decades of goodwill built up by the band displays of appreciation are easily understood.
We here at Live For Live Music are big fans of the guys in moe. and are happy to help spread the word about this wonderful gesture from their fans. It is always heartwarming to see what happens when a grateful audience gets a chance to return the love they have received from their favorite artists. While we wait for Derhak’s hopefully speedy recovery let’s take a moe.ment to enjoy his fan favorite tune “Rebubula.”