Arthur Lee tribute fund set up

Fans try and help the leukaemia-stricken Love singer

A tribute fund has been set up to help legendary Love frontman Arthur Lee, who has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

As previously reported on NME.COM, the 61 year-old has undergone chemotherapy, but his condition means further treatment and a bone marrow transplant are a possibility.

As the star is reportedly uninsured, friends want to organise a Los Angeles-based benefit concert for late May or early June. Calexico and Cake are among those reported to have been approached.

There are also concerts planned for New York and London, according to a spokesperson for the star.

There is also now a site where people can make donations – go to thelovesociety.com for more details.

An Arthur Lee/Love tribute album is also in the works.

Love are best known for their 1967 album ‘Forever Changes’, one of the most revered records of the psychedelic era.

More recently though Lee went to prison in 1996 on a firearms charge. However, following his release in 2001, the singer put together a new version of Love together to tour.

After seeing the success of Brian Wilson’s ‘Pet Sounds’ tour in the early part of the decade, Lee followed suit by playing ‘Forever Changes’ in full in Europe and North America, complete with string section, to huge acclaim.

However, in the summer of 2005, Lee's backing band Baby Lemonade announced they would no longer be performing with him. The star relocated to Memphis and put another new band together.

Baby Lemonade have indicated they would be willing to play at a benefit show.

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