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Real Life Brings Mythic Valient Thorr Down To Earth

Of the Oakland Press

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The North Carolina heavy rock band Valient Thorr has surrounded itself with a clever mythology about coming from Venus to Earth seven years ago to make our planet better via rock ’n’ roll. But frontman Valient Himself did his own bit of saving earlier this year.

Himself (real name Herbie Abernethy) suspended all group activities so he could donate a kidney to his father. Back on the road supporting the band’s new album, “Immortalizer,” the singer says that “I feel really good right now. I’m not 100 percent yet. It’s only been seven weeks. So I can’t really lift stuff or go running or anything for a while.

“But as far as rocking, I’m 100 percent on stage. Then I have to take it easy. I’m trying to live a healthier lifestyle; I may hang out after the show, but I’m not really partying or anything, so I can do it again the next day.”

Valient Thorr, meanwhile, has created a new souvenir shirt for it’s tour — “Valient Himself Donated a Kidney and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt” — that’s both raising money to offset medical expenses from the transplant and creating awareness of kidney donations.

“Hopefully it’ll do some good,” says Himself, 29, whose father is recuperating well. “I’ve written about it and talked about it. We’ve had people at concerts come up and tell me their stories. There’s a lot of people who don’t know about it, or are just afraid and need that little push on the edge.

“So I can stand there and say, ‘Look, I just did this ... There’s nothing to it. Bang, I’m out here three weeks later.’ It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.”

Valient Thorr, Early Man and Monotonix perform Tuesday (July 22) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

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