Review: Paul Banks of Interpol Headlines “Put Your Sad Down” Benefit

Posted by The G on August 23, 2013 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

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Paul Banks

Paul Banks

On August 22, 2013, New York’s rock and roll elite joined forces for a special concert at the Bowery Hotel.  Benjamin Curtis of the band School of Seven Bells has been undergoing treatment for T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma and the event “Put Your Sad Down,” (named after a song by School of Seven Bells) helped raise money for his medical costs.  Albert Hammond Jr. of the Strokes and Paul Banks of Interpol performed solo sets in the swanky hotel, while Alexa Chung and actor Danny Masterson DJed in between sets.  Paul Banks performed tracks from his solo albums including “Summertime Is Coming,” “Games For Days” and “I’ll Sue You.”  There were some great items that were auctioned off (including items signed by The Black Keys and Radiohead).  Spotted in the crowd were members of School of Seven Bells and Joe Jonas (who, along with his brothers had donated merchandise to be auctioned off).  Based on the packed crowd, I really hope the event raised a lot of money for Benjamin Curtis.  I’ve seen him in concert and met him several times and he has been extremely personable each time.  Get well soon Benjamin!!!

Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells has Launched Donation Site for his Lymphoma Recovery

Posted by The G on March 10, 2013 under GNN | Comments are off for this article

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School of Seven Bells (Benjamin Curtis on the left)

School of Seven Bells (Benjamin Curtis on the left)

Alejandra Deheza from School of Seven Bells recently announced that her band mate Benjamin Curtis is suffering from lymphoma.  The good news is that since it was detected early, his condition is treatable.  The bad news is that since the healthcare system in the USA is so backwards, medical bills can be financially crippling.  Benjamin Curtis has launched Support Benjamin Curtis Dot Com (Link will open in a new window) so if you are  fan of his or just want to donate money to a good cause, you can help donate to his medical fund.  Every little bit helps!  Please spread the word!  We wish Benjamin a very speedy recovery!

An Encounter with School of Seven Bells

Posted by The G on December 16, 2010 under Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

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School of Seven Bells

As my good fortune would have it, New York based band School of Seven Bells performed a very rare acoustic set at the American Rag store in Los Angeles on December 15, 2010.  It was announced this morning and though I am technically on vacation, I made sure I caught all the action.  The set was great and prior to the performance, I met the band.  They were both extremely nice and I’d like to thank them once again for a great night!

Alejandra Deheza and G

Benjamin Curtis and G

PS.  I was too shy to tell Benjamin Curtis this but I want to say publicly that I think he has the best hair EVER!

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