For no good reason, some co-workers and I found ourselves discussing the fleeting mid-90's alcoholic beverage, Zima this morning. In the course of same, I mentioned that the merits of the much-maligned drink were frequently extolled by local punk rock scenester, Furious George Tabb. This, in turn, prompted a discussion about Tabb's colorful life (erstwhile member of numerous bands like Roach Motel, Letch Patrol, Iron Prostate, False Prophets and Furious George, music columnist for Maximumrockn'roll and NY Press, host of cable-access hardcore show, "Destroy TV" and pallbearer at G.G. Allin's funeral, etc. etc.) and we suddenly remembered George's more recent predicament.
On September 11th, 2001, George was living in very close proximity to the World Trade Center. While George and his family survived the ordeal of that fateful day, the ensuing years found him battling with a host of ailments inarguably due to the air quality of his home and neighborhood. George himself goes into greater detail in the video below. I'm not sure of his current situation, but the last reports suggested the George's doctors weren't giving him a great deal of hope. I was also sad to learn that he and his wife divorced. I remember meeting George once or twice back in the 90's at a couple of shows, and he was always chatty and affable. While his story is not unique (which he's taken pains to point out), it remains tragic all the same. Go check out the official Furious George website for more info.