He has written eloquently and openly, and with real character, about what he is going through on his blog. Here’s an excerpt.
“What I never expected, however, was that at the age of 34 and being otherwise very fit and healthy, I would develop a very rare and little understood cancer (anal adenocarcinoma) and that the diagnosis would be delivered over the phone while I was eating a cheese scone at Britain’s best motorway service station.”
I remember buying Laeto’s debut album Make Us Mild when I was at university. Even though the band came from Dundee they were a constant presence in the local Glasgow scene and this dedicated touring ethic meant I frequently found them gigging at Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, the 13th Note and the like. Their biggest break came in December 2004 when Snow Patrol invited Laeto to support them at the Glasgow Barrowland and Manchester Apollo. Like their first album, their next two – Zwoa and Laeto III – are available to download for free.
More recently, Robbie had been drumming for American Men with whom he played in front of his biggest audience to date – in an 8,000-capacity arena at the 2010 Sonar festival in Barcelona as part of the LuckyMe showcase.
He also wrote on his blog: “Sometimes it is close to impossible to be simply, ‘positive’ about everything. What you can do, however, is distract yourself, take charge of your own attitude, and direct your attention elsewhere.” No doubt it was this proactive way of thinking that led to Robbie doing stand-up comedy for the first time last year and raising more than £1,000 for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.
You may be aware of the Jukebox steaming audio player on the right-hand side of this blog through which artists can advertise their songs by donating £5. I’ve always pledged to use this money to support grassroots music – the first batch up to 2011 funded a studio recording of Café Disco song Terra Nova plus a promo video.
Since then I’ve had a further 20 donations, totalling £100, which I’ve given to the Robbie Cooper fund set up by his friend Jon Thompson. I’d encourage you to please donate what you can for this giant of a man.
“Cancer is fought in the mind as much as it is in the body. And so, and until further notice, I intend to remain unremittingly, and unapologetically positive.” (Robbie Cooper)
Laeto – The Contender