Top rockers rally round Montrose musician

Lewis Paton
Lewis Paton

Some of the biggest hard rock bands in the world have appeared a in “get well soon” video dedicated to a Montrose musician.

Lewis Paton (30), bassist for Montrose-based band If All Else Fails, suffers from Crohn’s Disease, a crippling bowel disease with no known cure. His condition deteriorated in September and he was rushed to Ninewells Hospital for treatment. He is currently still in hospital and is expected to be there until January.

His band mates, along with former member and friend Stewart Laing, wanted to do something to pick him up and decided to contact bands that Lewis respected to try to get some video messages from well-wishers.

They wrote to both local and international rock and metal musicians, and received an “incredible” response and have produced a 15-minute video which features messages from musicians from heavy metal bands such as Saxon, Iron Maiden, Ugly Kid Joe and Machine Head, as well as ones from North East acts.

Jamie Kinghorn, drummer for If All Else Fails, said: “Lewis fought against discomfort and pain, playing gigs with the band days after being in hospital and even playing during severe episodes.

“Our initial aim was just to cheer Lewis up, but as the video started to come together we realised that it had the potential to do something more.”

If All Else Fails released the video publicly via their Facebook page on December 3 to coincide with Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week.

It has already reached more than 10,000 people.

The band are also donating all the profits from their T-shirt sales to Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

Jamie added: “Since Lewis got sick we have been publicly supporting Crohn’s and Colitis UK, so when we found out about the awareness week we knew that we could use the video to help inform people about these devastating illnesses and hopefully encourage a few to donate to the charity.”

He concluded:“The response has been fantastic and we hope it continues to help in some small way to support Crohn’s and Colitis UK.”

To watch the video Lewis’ band mates made from him search for If All Else Fails on Facebook.

If All Else Fails released their debut album ‘Introspective’ in August, which shot into the iTunes metal chart top 10 on the day of its release.