Rest assured, Mentals fans, keyboardist Mighty Joe Longa’s hair and hands are well intact.
Ace keyboardist Mighty Joe Longa of Joey Harris and the Mentals has spent around four months receiving chemotherapy and “catching up on a lot of sleep.” The Mentals have been playing around town with a little help from friends such as Mojo Nixon and Scotty Blinn.
Mighty Joe and his wife Jeanne Longa sent this update, both as a thank you to well-wishers and a progress report on his fight against cancer.
“We want to thank all of you for your continued support...
“Special thanks to Humphrey’s and Chet Cannon for having a fundraiser for us. Also, all the people who attended and donated money, love, music... All the people at Sharp Coronado Hospital. We couldn’t have gotten this far without all of you!
The cancer seems to be a little more extensive than first thought, and Mighty Joe now has five doctors instead of two. “Our Team, and man do we appreciate them, have been great! We told them they can do just about anything they want except for messing with the fingers.”
Regarding queries as to whether Mighty Joe has kept his iconic ponytail, “A few of you have cared enough to ask us. Well, so far, his hair is flowing freely!”