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13 February 2014

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David Lauser's partnership with Sammy Hagar stretches back to his pre-Van Halen solo albums. He also helped Lauser find his wife Liza, who was managing Hagar's web site. Now, as Liza struggles with inoperable brain cancer, Hagar is gathering members of Chickenfoot, Night Ranger and Mr. Big plus Joe Satriana for a sold-out February benefit concert to help defray mounting expenses.

That's testament to what the drummer has meant to Hagar, beginning with 1981's Standing Hampton, which featured a co-written track called "Sweet Hitchhiker". Lauser also played on Three Lock Box, VOA, and I Never Said Goodbye through 1987. After Hagar's stint with Van Halen, Lauser then created the nucleus for the Wabos, who have worked with Hagar ever since. Hagar and the band shared credit on four albums between 1999 and 2006 before Hagar founded Chickenfoot, and they remain his principal solo touring group.

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But Lauser's most recent shows with Hagar, in support of his "40 Years of Rock" tour, were played with a heavy heart. The discovery of Liza Cozad-Lauser's tumour, walnut sized at its centre but with tentacles woven around her brain stem, led them to four different radiologists. The Lausers were told that irradiating that area of the brain would damage healthy tissue around it - perhaps causing blindness, loss of smell, deafness. Those treatments do not represent a cure, either, as doctors said most tumours later return.

Worse, the tumour itself cannot be removed. Those stricken with tumours in the periphery of their brains are good candidates for surgery. Brain stem tumours, however, are generally inoperable because of their positioning where the spine connects to the skull. There would simply be too much collateral damage to other needed brain functions.

That led the Lausers to antineoplaston therapy. They had, quite serendipitously, earlier seen a documentary on this experimental option, which helped some similarly ill patients. Unfortunately, by the time Liza was diagnosed, the ANP project had already been halted after two rounds of government-approved testing. David is now furiously lobbying for an exemption, in the hopes that this therapy might benefit Liza. The chances of it working have been placed at only 30 percent. But that's 30 percentage points more than Lauser feels they have right now.

"Our mission today, because we know what we are up against, is to get her that ANP," Lauser said. "I have great respect for doctors, and the AMA and people who have dedicated their lives to helping people, but when it comes to certain areas, you have to be your own advocate."

Meanwhile, Liza is losing her ability to walk and talk, Lauser says. They have downsized into a condo, even as fundraisers were launched in their honour - including Hagar's benefit show next month. Lauser's Facebook page details how members of the couple's extended musical family have helped along the way, including a direct letter to the FDA from Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Jack Blades

The online petition can be signed at

The fundraiser concert will be available for viewing online after the event at



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

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Publication date: 31st November 2017
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