Veteran punk singer and guitarist Dez Cadena, beloved member of BLACK FLAG, MISFITS, DC3, VIDA, ELLA & THE BLACKS, REDD KROSS and FLAG, is battling throat cancer.
Dez has just finished debilitating radiation treatments, and is confident he will return to active performance again within a year.
Cadena’s friends have started a GoFundMe page to help offset his medical expenses. A goal of $35,000 has been set, and after five days in operation, just over $6,000 has been raised.
A statement on the GoFundMe page reads as follows:
“We ask you today to donate funds to help Dez’s cause, as this friendly man has given so much to the music community, and he is literally a living punk rock legend, having played on some of the classic records of the genre, and remains one of the most beloved members of the scene.
“We ask you to please consider donating anything you can to help see Dez through the next year, so he can resume his proper place on the stages and records of our future.
“Thank you for assisting us in helping this very kind man in his time of need.”
Earlier this spring, Cadena had a malignant tumor removed from his larynx, leaving him (at least briefly) unable to sing, though he could still speak.
Cadena appeared on BLACK FLAG’s “Damaged” and “Everything Went Black” albums, and was also featured on REDD KROSS’s 1984 LP “Desperate Teenage Lovedolls”. He played guitar with the MISFITS from 2001 to 2015, initially joining the band alongside Doyle, Jerry Only and Robo for their 25th-anniversary tour, and has served as the band’s longest-tenured guitarist.