James Casey To Miss Billy & The Kids Run, GoFundMe Established To Help Colon Cancer Battle
The saxophonist is currently undergoing treatments and is unable to perform.
Saxophonist James Casey, who is a member of the Trey Anastasio Band, will not perform with Billy & The Kids this week. Casey is undergoing treatment for colon cancer and a GoFundMe campaign was established to help his recovery efforts.
The 40-year-old Casey was diagnosed with colon cancer following an appearance with Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann’s Billy & The Kids at Red Rocks in July 2021. Casey had emergency surgery to remove a tumor and was hospitalized for over a week. He then initiated an intense chemotherapy treatment regimen.
Casey missed the Trey Anastasio Band’s 2021 Fall Tour and other shows while undergoing treatment. Casey documented his cancer journey in the short film Music As Medicine.
Casey made two emotional appearances with TAB in July 2023, first during their encore at Baltimore’s Pier Six Pavilion (where Billy & The Kids play tonight) when he came out to help sing “O-o-h Child.” Casey again came out during TAB’s encore in Asbury Park when helped sing “Over The Rainbow” and broke out his saxophone for “First Tube.” Casey played a pair of shows in late-July with Phil Lesh & Friends.
“Hey guys, I tried my hardest to be there this week…I really did,” Casey wrote on social media. “Unfortunately, I’m in and out of the hospital all week. I won’t be out in time for the shows so I’m sorry I’ll miss them. Hopefully I’ll see you all soon….”
He added a note indicating a recent wedding engagement as well.
Billy & The Kids play at Baltimore’s Pier Six Pavilion tonight, Wednesday, August 16 and at New York City’s Pier 17 tomorrow, Thursday, August 17. Livestreams are available for free exclusively to nugs.net subscribers.
Donate to James Casey’s GoFundMe to help. Read more on his current condition from the GoFundMe below:
James Casey needs your support. As you may know, for the last two years James has been battling late-stage colon cancer. He has reached a critical point in his fight against this horrible disease that has left him unable to perform. Your donations will displace that crucial loss of income and help cover mounting medical and living expenses so that James may focus on his health and loved ones at this time.
Following an extended stay in Hawaii during the pandemic, James was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer after experiencing abdominal pain while performing with Bill Kreutzmann at Red Rocks. Soon after he sought emergency surgery to remove a tumor obstructing his colon and spent the following six months in chemotherapy, missing tours with Trey Anastasio Band and other scheduled performances. Upon completing treatments, new scans showed the cancer had progressed to stage 4.
Incredibly, and in spite of the cancer, James has pushed forward. Following another surgery in May 2023, James this summer was able to make a handful of special appearances on stage. However, his health has continued to decline and affect his ability to work as a musician. Despite his own optimism, James is unable to join Bill Kreutzmann in New York this week as planned and is currently in hospital, with expenses mounting.