Jefferson Starship guitarist Slick Aguilar has been given a huge health boost as he battles liver disease - he has been informed he is close to getting the transplant he desperately needs. The musician, who joined the rock act in the early 1990s, shared the good news with fans on his Facebook.com page, revealing he's both excited and scared about the operation he needs to save his life.
He writes, "I was told that I am now first in line for a transplant for my blood type whenever the next liver becomes available. My blood type is B-, which is kind of rare. So, even though I am now at the top of the list, it could still take a while before a B- liver becomes available. Could be tomorrow - could be six months.
"I am excited and nervous at the same time. When I received this news, my heart raced, as this is what I have been hoping and praying for. But when I think that I may be under the knife soon, it's scary."
Jefferson Starship rocker Pete Sears is celebrating after the discovery of his custom-made guitar, which was stolen from a concert venue in Germany 40 years ago. The bassist's one-of-a kind instrument, crafted by Grateful Dead star Jerry Garcia's guitar maker Doug Irwin, went missing during a riot at the Lorelei Festival in 1978, and Sears had resigned himself to the fact he'd never see the axe he dubbed the Dragon again.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "It was always in the back of my mind... I thought it was sitting in someone's basement."
One of Irwin's colleagues posted a request for information about the missing guitar on the Grateful Dead's website forum in 2009, and last month (Apr13), a German musician came forward and revealed he was the new owner of Sears' stolen instrument.
He claimed he bought it between 1990 and 1991 from a studio musician in the Netherlands, who claimed it once belonged to the bassist of 1980s band Golden Earring.
The German agreed to part with the bass for $3,200 (£2,100) and shipped it to America for restoration.
Sears says, "It's an antique now, like I am. I just can't wait to get it back and hold it again."