Alice in Chains Criticized for Sharing GoFundMe for Roadie’s Cancer Bills

Rock band Alice in Chains has come underneath hearth after its Twitter account inspired donations to cowl the medical payments of a “expensive good friend” battling most cancers.

The band’s web page shared a message of assist on Sunday and a hyperlink to a GoFundMe web page for Scott Dachroeden, described as a veteran of the band’s crew, who’s in hospital receiving therapy. The fundraiser reveals that the longtime roadie has lately been identified with stage 4 most cancers.

The tweet from the band’s account says: “Please assist our expensive good friend and long-time tech, Scotty. He is been a staple of our camp for over 15 years. He is a part of our material and he is in want. We humbly ask you for assistance on his behalf.” It is not clear who runs the Twitter account.

Many critics responded underneath the idea that the band had launched the GoFundMe themselves—although this is not clear—they usually urged the rich rock band needs to be paying for the therapy itself.

The GoFundMe organizer, listed solely as Marietta, acknowledged Dachroeden does not have medical insurance and is not capable of work. At this stage it is unknown if Alice in Chains’ members donated to the GoFundMe marketing campaign, or whether or not they have given non-public donations.

Newsweek has contacted Alice in Chains members, the band’s representatives, Marietta and Dachroeden for remark.

A photograph of Alice in Chains and the tweet in assist of their good friend. Scott Dachroeden was identified with stage 4 most cancers.
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Alice in Chains contains lead guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez, drummer Sean Kinney and vocalist William Duvall. The group, shaped in 1987 in Seattle, is understood for hits “Man In The Field”, “Them Bones”, and “Down In A Gap.” The 1992 album Filth re-entered the Prime 10 of the Billboard 200 chart in October, 30 years after it was launched.

Duvall shared a screenshot of Dachroeden’s GoFundMe on his Instagram web page on Sunday, saying: “Like many who work within the live performance touring trade, he has no medical insurance. Scotty has been with Alice in Chains for 16 years, our longest-tenured crew member. He is probably the greatest individuals I’ve ever met on this enterprise… No matter you give will go on to Scotty. And it is going to be really appreciated.”

Inez’s put up, additionally shared on Sunday, added: “Please assist my brother and bass tech for the final 14 years, Scott Dachroeden, as he simply obtained identified with aggressive most cancers after our final Summer time tour.

“Our AIC household is devastated and we’re reaching out for assist for Scotty. Not solely is he our crew chief, however his images all these years have been such an enormous half our lives.”

The GoFundMe web page went on to say Dachroeden is a 25-year veteran of the touring scene and has labored with Alice in Chains for 14 years. He has additionally labored on quite a few album recordings for Software, Halestorm and Rob Zombie.

Since being shared on-line final week, the fundraiser has managed to lift $107,320, exceeding the $100,000 objective.

The fundraising web page learn: “…most cancers does not care what your resume seems like or what number of well-known individuals you recognize. Regardless of who you’re or what you do for a dwelling, medical payments pile up quick, so we hope to assist ease Scott’s monetary burden as a lot as doable…

“We began this fund for him as he has no medical insurance and now can’t work to pay his payments. 100% of all proceeds go on to Scott…

“In an trade recognized for searching for its personal, it is Scotty’s flip to get some love and assist.”

In a November 6 Instagram put up, Dachroeden himself stated: “In the event you can spare it, please do. In the event you can share it, please do. I need assistance, my mates.”

In keeping with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, 31.6 million Individuals of all ages had been uninsured. This represented 9.7 % of all Individuals.

Alice in Chains has confronted backlash on-line, with many individuals questioning why the band would go to the general public for assist once they have secured profitable multi-million greenback offers.

In keeping with Selection, in February Alice in Chains members bought the band’s catalog to the Spherical Hill Music firm for an estimated $50 million.

A Reddit put up shared the band’s tweet, and captioned it: “This band with many millionaires are asking followers to assist a 15-year worker as an alternative of doing it themselves.”

Posted within the r/antiwork discussion board, it amassed greater than 8,100 upvotes.

Many additionally criticized the band on Twitter, with a number of asking why they’d determined to share the fundraiser and never cowl all prices themselves.

One Twitter person, @WorldPrsn, stated: “I really feel horrible for Scotty, however why do not you, as profitable individuals price thousands and thousands, assist him straight as an alternative of begging for individuals with much less sources to take action?”

@MooreNaja added: “I actually assume you’re a part of an trade with individuals who earn more money than most will ever see in a lifetime. I believe it’s at all times cheesy and in poor style when rich individuals ask for cash.”

Account @huge_mclarge posted: “A number of of you guys have made literal thousands and thousands of {dollars} and you’ll’t assist a staple of your camp or assist present medical insurance?”

It is not the primary time the band has shared a GoFundMe hyperlink, as in August 2018 the Alice in Chains Instagram account requested individuals to donate for his or her good friend, Scott Olson.

A GoFundMe web page was arrange after the guitarist was identified with progressive dementia, with the put up saying: “If anybody wish to donate, it will be vastly appreciated.”

Alice in Chains is just not the one band or celeb to have been slammed on-line for asking the general public to donate to fundraisers.

Final yr, Kylie Jenner confronted backlash on social media after she requested followers to donate to a good friend’s GoFundMe web page.

The fundraising web page was set as much as assist pay for the medical payments of make-up artist Samuel Rauda who was injured in an accident and underwent main surgical procedure.