Thursday, February 23, 2017

TOP STORY >> Benefit concert for Cabot man

Michael-Roy Liegel stands in front of the metal band Syschosys from Jacksonville as they perform during his fundraiser concert last Saturday at the Exlir Night Club in Cabot. Syschosys members are guitarist Zack Rogers (from left), drums Michael Melville, vocals Corey Jackson and bassist Doug Mead. (DAVID SCOLLI/Leader photo)

IN SHORT:  Musician’s friends held rock concert at Elixir Night Club.

A silent auction and fundraiser was held Jan. 28 at Elixir Night Club in Cabot to help raise money for Michael-Roy Liegel, who has stage three bladder cancer. Proceeds from the event will go toward the cost of his cancer treatments.

The event, with several hundred in attendance, featured entertainers such as comedian Deshawn and bands High-N-Dry, Luke Williams Band, Eddie and the Defiantz and Syschosys – a Jacksonville band. 

Liegel was diagnosed with cancer a year ago. He has undergone three cystostomy procedures and is currently undergoing a third round of chemotherapy.

Before moving to the area, Liegel sang in several San Diego, Calif., based rock bands. Famed metal guitarists, including former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee and Warren DeMartini of Ratt made guest appearances with two of Leigel’s bands – Cold Turkey and Street Liegel. 

Liegel and his family moved to Arkansas in 1997 in order for his daughter, Mariah, to get treatments for leukemia at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. At age 20, she is now in full remission. The family lived in Jacksonville until 2010 when he and wife Antoinette moved to Cabot.  

Liegel works as a chef at the Purple Onion in Cabot. 
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