Black Rebel Motorcycle Club turn to fans in bid to raise money following drummer’s brain operation

Leah Shapiro is recovering following Chiari malformations surgery

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are seeking funds to aid drummer Leah Shapiro as she recovers from brain surgery.

Last month the band cancelled all of their upcoming live dates after Shapiro revealed that she required treatment for Chiari malformations found in her brain. A GoFundMe page with a target of $33,000 (£20,000) has been set up with £8,600 raised at the time of writing (October 27).

A message on the GoFundMe page reads: “Leah has a serious medical condition requiring brain surgery and months of recovery. Many of you have asked what you can do to help support her and help her get through this, and I think we should all put a dollar in the motorcycle helmet and pass it around. Motorcycle club members always help out fellow members and especially the President of the club, good heavens! All donations will go towards Leah’s surgery and recovery.”


Shapiro originally sought medical attention after she started experiencing symptoms including dizziness, insomnia, headaches, tingling/numbness in her hands and a stiff neck. She underwent surgery earlier this month, leaving her unable to play drums.

The drummer joined Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in 2008 as a replacement for founder member Nick Jago.

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