Andrew McMahon let cancer knock him down. But not out.
The frontman for the bands
Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin
was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia in June 2005, shortly before release of the latter band’s debut album, “Everything in Transit.” He overcame the disease with chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and a stem cell transplant from his sister. Then he put the pedal down
on Jack’s Mannequin, taking the video for the single “The Mixed Tape” to No. 1 on the VH1 Top 20 countdown. McMahon also formed the Dear Jack Foundation to raise money for cancerfi ghting organizations and raised more than $125,000 on a Tour for the Cure in the fall.
“I wanted to give back to the doctors who have taken such good care of me and try to help raise some money to fi nd a cure for this (disease),” says McMahon, 24, who did find a silver lining around the cloud that hung over him for many months.
“I was, strangely, probably more at peace than I had been in a very long time,” he says. “I think for the first time I actually hit a point in my life where I had one set thing I had to do, which was to take care of myself, and nothing else mattered.
“I was always kind of pushing myself to succeed and work and work and work. For the fi rst time it was, ‘No, your fi rst job is to take care of yourself,’ and that’s what I did. And I’m doing well now.”
In addition to touring with Jack’s Mannequin, McMahon says he’s also “been writing in cycles.” Fans, of course, want to know if some of that might surface with Something Corporate, which has been dormant since 2005.
“It’s still there,” McMahon says of the band. “Everybody gets so stressed and is so curious and wants an answer. The truth is I’ve been taking this a day at a time, and (Jack’s Mannequin) is what I was in the middle of when I got sick, and I never got to fi nish it. I think on everybody else’s timeline we’re fast-forwarded, but mine stopped in the middle somewhere, and I feel like I’ve got to finish it to do it justice.
“So my goal is to get Jack’s to where I feel like it’s a viable entity on its own. At such point I feel satisfied with that, I’ll defi - nitely make another Something Corporate record.”
Jack’s Mannequin, Head Automatica, We Are the Fury and the Audition perform at 5 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 17) at the State Theatre, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are sold out. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.
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