D tour: Rogue Wave's Search for a Kidney

D tour

Pat Spurgeon
Pat Spurgeon is a talented and professional musician who works hard to be where he is today. As a multi-instrumentalist, Pat is an integral part of the indie pop band Rogue Wave. They have performed all over the world increasing their fan base with every tour and offering three critically-acclaimed albums and several singles.

Pat has every reason to be excited about his band's accomplishments, as well as their exciting future. In addition to giving the band everything he's got, Pat has had to deal with kidney failure and the parameters that have been set for him by his situation.

This is nothing new to Pat, as he's been dealing with his pre-existing condition most of his life. After the success of his first kidney transplant 13 years ago, the kidney started to fail just as Rogue Wave started to take off.

The upcoming feature documentary, D tour, will chronicle Pat's search for a living organ donor and the challenges associated with finding a viable match. Pat's choice to keep touring and working toward the band's goals is put to the test; the absolute need to perform dialysis daily and to focus on his health became top priority while being on the road. D tour will also address issues with the health care system, the lack of affordable insurance, the importance of organ donation, plus much more.

The film features live performances from Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Nada Surf, Ryan Miller, John Vanderslice, The Moore Brothers, and of course Rogue Wave.

D tour is in the final stages of production and will hopefully be premiering at a major film festival this year. The film has been a labor of love for the director Jim Granato, who has personally taken on all of the expenses to make this film a reality. A brand new song by Rogue Wave with Japonize Elephants called "Positive Hero Worship" is being offered as a free download to anyone who donates to the film (stream it for free here). Donations can be made at www.dtourmovie.com/donate, where fans can also find out more about the film and how to become an organ donor.

D Tour Trailer from dtour on Vimeo.


[Published on: 1/20/09]

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futhepharmer Tue 1/20/2009 07:36PM
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You can have one of my kidneys Pat! It's 49 years old tho and it's kinda noisy and squishy! But ya gotta take what you can git and it's yours if it's a match and ya want it!

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/20/2009 08:34PM
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best wishes pat, honestly i hope everything works out for him (fuy way to make jokes at someone elses expense you fuckin tool)

Benjamin Human Wed 1/21/2009 06:23AM
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There's a collective somewhere that gives health insurance to poor musicians. It started with a focus in local jazz players and has since expanded, but the name escapes me. I thought it was worth mentioning.

Benjamin Human Wed 1/21/2009 06:28AM
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It's called Carner Jazz, a non-profit entity of Corporate Health Initiatives (CHI), and is available to professional musicians who live within 50 miles of Grand Central Station in NY.

djschusta Wed 1/21/2009 07:26AM
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Wow, when even a well established musician can't afford proper health care... I am still not convinced that socialization of the health care system is the best solution for such a huge, unorganized and well bankrupt country.. but man we need to do something and something fast. Health insurance companies are as evil as they come. Ben - I've been hearing lots of good things about non-profits similar to Carner Jazz being pretty awesome... Anyways, Rogue Wave is my favorite new band I have discovered (a little late I know) and I wish Pat a quick and easy recovery!

Benjamin Human Wed 1/21/2009 08:51AM
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and Glassworks for the win!

Benjamin Human Tue 1/27/2009 05:30AM
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I thought the Keller reference was funny...