Montrose band support Ash and band mate

Montrose band If All Else Fails supported Ash.

Montrose band If All Else Fails supported Ash.

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Montrose band If All Else Fails returned to the local music scene by supporting headline act Ash at the Town Hall.

The local heavy metal group had some time off from playing live gigs after bassist Lewis Paton was rushed to hospital, following a life-threatening episode of Crohn’s Disease, which he suffers from.

If All Else Fails present a cheque for �1600 to representatives from Crohn's and Colitis UK

If All Else Fails present a cheque for �1600 to representatives from Crohn's and Colitis UK

Drummer Jamie Kinghorn said: “Supporting Ash was an incredible experience.

“We are genuinely huge fans of the band so it was an honour to share the stage with them.

“We got to hang out with them afterwards, they are really nice guys as well as being brilliant musicians!

He added: “We would like to thank the MoFest team for giving us the opportunity to play at such a great gig.”

The band on stage at Montrose Town Hall.

The band on stage at Montrose Town Hall.

As well as taking to the stage before Ash at the town hall, the group also donated £1600 to Crohn’s and Colitis UK on the main stage on the High Street on Saturday.

The money was from the sales of merchandise and online sales of the ‘For You, Brother’ single - a song which they wrote for Lewis while he was in hospital.

Promoted entirely though social media, sales of ‘For You, Brother’ rocketed from the moment of release in January and within 24 hours the song had crashed into the iTunes metal charts, peaking at number two.

Jamie said: “When Lewis became ill we felt that we couldn’t do anything to help him, so we decided to do what we could to support.

“We were amazed by the response from our fans and were delighted to be able to hand over the donation at MoFest.”

Some of the biggest hard rock bands in the world, including Iron Maiden and Machine Head, also appeared a in ‘get well soon’ video dedicated to Lewis at the end of last year.

Crohn’s Disease is a crippling bowel disease with no known cure.