Guest Blog: Valient Himself of Valient Thorr, Part 2
A "left-handed Aquarius, master of the fine arts, wordsmith, survivor," as it says on his Facebook page, Valient Thorr frontman Valient Himself is now also a RevolverMag.com blogger. He'll be offering us regularly updates from his mind, starting with the piece below. His band's new album, Our Own Masters, hits stores June 18. Valient Thorr's U.S. headlining tour, with support from Gypsyhawk and Ramming Speed, kicks off on June 12.
May 14 marked the FIVE year anniversary of me donating a kidney to my Earth father. Valient Thorr makes rock 'n' roll with a message. Everyone always asks what is at the core of that message? The basic point of a lot of it has been to get past all the greed and bullshit and think about what matters. The people of the Earth. It always has been a humanitarian message. If we don't take care of the people then what do we have left here? Without the people, Earth is just another rock floating in space. So in order to highlight that point, whenever possible, we try to do what we can to help others. In the past, we've done benefits for many causes including MS, breast cancer, bells palsy, and my personal crusade has been flying the flag for the National Kidney Foundation.
I wanted to use this blog today to report that after five years, my kidney is still going strong inside of my old man, and I too am as strong as I ever have been. If you ever have wondered if you should donate to someone you know or even had the desire to help out a stranger but was unsure if the long term effects would slow you down in the least, come out to one of our tour dates beginning in June and see for yourself. We are still going strong and you, too, could be the key to saving someone's life. My old man was in rough shape back in '08, but he looks better today than he did for the few years leading up to the surgery.
There are thousands of people waiting on the national list for kidneys that they may never get (my Earth cousin included). If you know someone who needs one, get yourself checked to see if you're a possible candidate for donation. If you have any questions, you can send them to me via my personal Facebook page or just check out Kidney.org.
Thanks for all the support over the years, check out our new album, Our Own Masters, on June 18, and please donate!
Kidney Donation Diary Video: