Fred Cole playing with Pierced Arrows at the Doug Fir, January 23, 2013
  • Leo Townsell
  • Fred Cole playing with Pierced Arrows at the Doug Fir, January 23, 2013

An announcement was made on Pierced Arrows' web page today:

Our worst nightmare has come true. Over the last couple of weeks Fred has problems with his heart. We didn't want to make any decisions until the tests were all finished & we consulted with his heart doctors. Now we know that he has 80-100% blockage in his arteries and must have emergency open-heart surgery for a bypass.

This is very major surgery and will be at least 6 months for recovery, maybe even a year. Obviously, this means we are forced to cancel all tours, shows, pending offers etc. for both Pierced Arrows & Dead Moon & Fred and Toody unplugged.

—Fred & Toody

Fred Cole is the founding member of Dead Moon and Pierced Arrows, among many other seminal Northwest bands, and a fixture in Oregon's rock scene. More than that, he is quite simply one of the greatest rock stars of all time. Get well soon, Fred.