I've known No Justice frontman Steve Rice for about 6 years now. In my time in Fort Worth, I got to know him on a moe personal level. He's one of the funniest, most engaging guys you will ever meet. I'm sad that they've yet to come down for a show here in College Station in the last year, and have been even more heartbroken the last week to see the health issues that have come up for him. Last week he posted on Facebook about looking for a Dr. to go visit near his home in OK. Over the next few days it became a whirlwind of setbacks. Here's is the press release I recieved about it earlier today.
NO JUSTICE FRONTMAN STEVE RICE SURVIVES LIFE THREATENING SURGERIES
BENEFIT CONCERT TO BE HELD ON MARCH 26TH IN STILLWATER, OK
For immediate release: Contact Brandy Reed (615) 830-3508
Nashville, TN-(March 26, 2013)-Lead singer, Steve Rice, of the acclaimed Red Dirt music band No Justice is gratefully in recovery today after three consecutive surgeries last week that nearly took his life. Rice arrived at the emergency room in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Monday, March 18th complaining of chest and stomach pains. The first diagnosis determined an enlarged gallbladder that was described by the doctors as one of the worst cases they had seen and was successfully removed the following day, but the chest pains continued. A slew of tests and x-rays revealed a profound amount of fluid around the singer’s heart resulting from a viral infection and he was rushed by ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital for emergency surgery where doctors withdrew over a liter of fluid from the sack around his heart. That evening after the second surgery Rice took a turn for the worst coming down with a serious fever in a body that was shutting down. Fluid was, again, building around his heart and now also in his lungs, and he was additionally suffering from pneumonia. Rice underwent yet another surgery where doctors successfully removed the fluid for the second time. Rice is recovering at home this week and is reported to be feeling much better. Rice knows he is a very lucky man and is determined to use this second chance wisely. “The Big Man upstairs took care of me. He obviously has big plans for my life.” Concert dates have been canceled this weekend. Check the website for updates at www.nojustice.com
A benefit concert will be held on Tuesday, March 26th at Eskimo Joe’s located at 501 West Elm in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Proceeds will go towards helping with expenses and keeping the band functioning due to lost shows. Doors open at 7:00 PM. Artists scheduled to perform include Grammy-nominated John Fullbright, Red Dirt Rangers, Jake Moffat Band, Bo Phillips, Chad Sullins and the Last Call Coalition, JJ and Scotte Lester of The Great Divide and Ryan Reid. More artists to be confirmed later today. The event is sponsored by Miller Lite. Donations can be sent to 3910 West 6th St. #252. Stillwater, Oklahoma 74074.
No Justice has long been a staple in the Texas/Oklahoma music scene and a heavy-hitter on the touring circuit in the Southwest for over a decade. They have cultivated a powerful brand built on unforgettable melodies, miles of solid comprehensive songwriting and a significant, far-reaching fanbase. To date the band has released five acclaimed records and has generated two #1 hits and eight Top 10 singles on the Texas Music Chart. No Justice recently celebrated their fifth record release late last year with AMERICA’S SON on Smith Music Group, which debuted on the Billboard chart the first week of its release.
Sadly, I will be unable to go up for the benefit, but wanted to make everyone aware in the case that you might, or have a friend/family that could.
Steve, I love ya brother. I'm honored to call you my friend and I hope to see you soon.