A fundraising page has been set up to help former PSYCHEDELIC FURS guitarist John Ashton, who's been diagnosed with cancer.

Joining the London band prior to the release of their 1980 debut album, Ashton remained with them throughout their early successful career, writing and playing on seven albums until they went on hiatus in 1992 and rejoining for several more years following their return in 2000.

He's also worked with numerous other artists including Marianne Faithful, Arctic Monkeys, Mercury Rev and Sisters Of Mercy, producing their classic single 'Alice'. Resident in upstate New York since the early 90s, he launched his own Satellite Paradiso project in 2014.

In June, Ashton was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer, which has spread to his lymph nodes. Difficult to treat, the ongoing costs are expected to outstrip health insurance coverage. This comes on top of the financial challenges brought about by the pandemic.

A GoFundMe page has therefor been set up by his friend, neighbour and renowned bassist Gail Ann Dorsey with a target of $100,000, more than 50 per cent of which has been raised so far.

To donate to the fund, go here.

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