John Schroeder—-better known as John Stabb, the singer of legendary D.C. hardcore band Government Issue—-has died after a several-month battle with stomach cancer. He was 54.
Stabb was diagnosed with malignant stomach cancer in late January, after performing with his current band History Repeated at Comet Ping Pong. Stabb believed he had appendicitis on the night of the band’s Jan. 19 show and was rushed to the hospital, where he was treated and released a few weeks later. A couple weeks later, on Jan. 29, he was rushed back to the hospital to undergo emergency surgery to remove two tumors from his GI tract.
Since then, Stabb has been in and out of the hospital, battling the aggressive cancer with the support of his partner Mina Devadas and legions of fans and friends in the D.C. punk community and beyond.
“He loved and appreciated all of you, and it was our greatest pleasure to perform and bring our music to you,” his band, History Repeated, posted on its Facebook page.
To help with growing medical bills, a benefit concert featuring Sonic Youth‘s Thurston Moore, Jawbox and Burning Airlines‘ J. Robbins, and local hardcore band Give was scheduled to take place tonight at the Black Cat. The show will go on, as a celebration of Stabb’s life and music, in addition to help raise funds for Stabb’s medical bills and arrangements.
Tonight’s show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15.
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