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Rocco Prestia Medical Fund

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by VJP, Jun 24, 2002.

  1. VJP

    VJP Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2001
    Some cat posted on Bassgear.com asking about Rocco's "condition". Anyone know what this is about ? Is he OK? I must admit, I saw him a few months ago with Tower, and he looked horrible. Very skinny, gaunt face, but a HUGE belly. Couldn't walk very well. A couple guys in the band had to help him up and down from the riser he was on.
    Hope he's ok.
  2. I just checked out bassgear.com and there's a new post that says Rocco is very sick and needs a new liver. I hope he's going to be okay.:( :(
  3. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
  4. LarryJ

    LarryJ banned

    Dec 12, 1999
    Encino, CA (LA)
    About 6 mos ago, a smaller jazz/fusion club here in LA (La Ve Lee) posted: "Appearing Thursday-Rocco
    Prestia". I went, stoked about hearing Rocco in a small room.
    The set opened with a 4-piece R&B band playing through some funk tunes- real good, but no Rocco-
    After 3 numbers, they said: "Time to bring up a special guest, Rocco Prestia!"

    Without going off the board, I want to say two things-
    1) Rocco absolutely kicked total ass and took that good sounding band about 10 levels higher by virtue
    of his incredible facility- His facility and chops were so ON I sat there with a sh**-eatin' grin and was blown away!

    2) As I left the club during the break, Rocco waved in acknowledgement of my appreciation- Apparently, during a song, I think I yelled out real loud:
    "IN THE ****IN' POCKET, MAN!, or something.
    I think he got a kick out of that, and was very humble and appreciative of my enthusiasm.

    At any rate, if any part of this buzz is true, I certainly know that all our prayers and good wishes are with him.
    He is one of the great voices of the instrument.
  5. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    I hope he gets a new liver without a hitch. The world can't afford to lose such a great bassist.
  6. This news is very distressing for me - Rocco has been a hero of mine for over 25 years.

    Hey - I'm rootin' for ya, Rocco my man!!
  7. Johnalex


    Jul 20, 2001
    South Carolina
    Man I hope is gets that liver. He has been one of my greatest inspirations. I have never seen him live...so I hope he gets well so I can ;) .
  8. grooveguru


    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
  9. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    Has anyone nagged SWR about helping rocco out?

    I'll be donating some money tommorrow, hopefully.
  10. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Inactive

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
  11. grooveguru


    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    Maybe your thread title should be more descriptive to get more readers?
  12. Geckobabe


    Feb 2, 2002
    Tempe, AZ
    As you may or may not know, Rocco Prestia, bass player for Tower of Power, is seriously ill and needs a liver transplant. The medical costs are astronomical and a fundraising website has been established. The site is fully functional and has lots of ideas on fundraising and spreading the word.

    Please visit http://www.francisroccoprestia.com

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or any of the other regional volunteers listed on the site.


    Donna Grund
  13. grooveguru


    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    Has SWR kicked in anything yet? He is one of their major artists. I e-mailed them but no response back. Maybe everyone should shoot them an e-mail.
    I'm also trying to get Paul to add the donation banner here on TB. Maybe we need to make some noise for Rocco!
  14. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I think & hope that once the word gets out about Rocco's condition......the music community and especialy bassist, we will be able to get this done for Rocco! I have faith in this one!
  15. Geckobabe


    Feb 2, 2002
    Tempe, AZ
    It is my understanding that the gear companies are either kicking in money or gear to be auctioned -- don't know any more than that right now. At this point, most of the money that has come in HAS been from the bass community!!!!! Keep spreading the word! If you check the "news" and "events" pages on the site, you'll see some good things going on.


    <a href="http://www.francisroccoprestia.com"><img src="http://www.francisroccoprestia.com/roccoadv.gif" width="195" height="60" border="0" alt="Your help is urgently needed right now!"></a>
  16. Geckobabe


    Feb 2, 2002
    Tempe, AZ
    I just e-mailed Paul and asked him to post the banner.
  17. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    I'm handling fund raising efforts for Rocco's Medical Trust in the Bay area. This is very serious folks and you donations and support are greatly appreciated.

    <a href="http://www.francisroccoprestia.com"><img src="http://www.francisroccoprestia.com/roccoadv.gif" width="195" height="60" border="0" alt="Your help is urgently needed right now!"></a>
  18. grooveguru


    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    I just received an e-mail from SWR saying that they were going to post the donation banner on the front page of the SWR website. And also that they have been helping Rocco out monthly over the past year. Kudos to SWR!:D
  19. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
  20. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia In Memoriam

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    ok, a thread of mine was closed because THIS thread already existed-- so i will repost here-
    Help Rocco- Win a Lakland

    Rocco Prestia is one of my bass heroes- i think many of us share that feeling. i have met and hung with Rocco on several ocassions, he has always been warm and very friendly to me. I suspect he's that way to most people. Rocco needs a liver, I think we have all heard by now. What I am compelled to do and I have contacted his fund, is the following:
    If you contribute $50 or more DIRECTLY to Rocco's fund, I have proposed that they enter your name into a drawing in which the giveaway will be a new Lakland 55-01 bass supplied by access-bass.
    I await reply from the people at Rocco's fund, but they issued a challenge and I'm willing to contribute in this manner.. so if you give $50 or more, you could win a shiny new smokin' Lakland 55-01.. courtesy of access-bass.com - we owe a lot to Rocco, let's show what we as bass brothers are made of and help him get a liver.. what do you say??? We have lost too many greats recently, we need Rocco here to keep funking us all up!!! any questions- please email me at info@access-bass.com - peace!!!

    that is the link to Rocco's fund- save a receipt and send it to Access-Bass 7956 W Quail Ave Las Vegas, NV 89113

    and an update- hes out of the hospital, for now.. i plan to visit him maybe next week- i will send everyones love- your prayers are needed

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