New Mastersounds Bassist Pete Shand Needs Emergency Back Surgery

By Stu Kelly / August 21, 2017

Yesterday The New Mastersounds announced that their bassist Pete Shand is in need of emergency back surgery. The band has set up a Go Fund Me Page in order to pay for the deposit needed to have the operation move forward. According to the band, Shand is suffering from a spinal condition that is a direct result of his playing bass and is currently bedridden. The goal is to have surgery on Wednesday of this week in order to be fully healed for their upcoming Fall Tour. Shand has been with the band since their inception 18 years ago. 

The band released the following statement:

Pete Shand is the bassist of The New Mastersounds, and has been since its inception 18 years ago.

Pete needs your help! He is having emergency surgery on August 24. He has developed a spinal condition as a direct result of playing the bass. He is suffering with severe nerve pain, numbness and muscle wastage, and is currently bedridden, unable to fly home to Europe for this essential operation.

Aside from being the NMS backbone and a serious road dog, he’s also played and produced with many stars throughout his career… from Edwin Starr to Bernard Purdie to Derek of Pretty Lights. Without this surgery, Pete’s career is over… no more filling the world with joyful funkiness. 

We have managed to schedule emergency surgery for him, and this is where we need your help. By Wednesday, we need to raise a deposit for the surgery, or the doctors will refuse to operate. If you love The New Mastersounds, Pete, or funk music in general, please consider donating any amount to help Pete achieve a full recover. Your donation will help Pete to have this much needed surgery and recover, just in time for NMS fall tour.

-The New Mastersounds

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