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Rocker Re-Dresses Mannequin After Disease

Of the Oakland Press

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Andrew McMahon expected to be back with Something Corporate at this point after spending the second half of 2005 launching his other band, Jack’s Mannequin. But everything changed when he was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia 13 months ago.

“There was a certain peace to it — strangely, probably more at peace than I had been in a long time,” says McMahon, who’s been given a clean bill of health after two rounds of chemotherapy, a round of radiation treatment and a stem cell transplant from his sister.

“I think for the first time I actually hit a point in my life where I had one set thing that I had to do. Nothing else mattered, and my focus was on this one thing, which was to take care of myself, which has never been a huge focus in my life. I was always pushing myself to succeed and work and work and work.

“And for the first time it was, no, your first job is to take care of yourself, and that’s all I did.”

Now McMahon wants to take care of Jack’s Mannequin and give it the attention he wasn’t able to when the group’s album came out last August. Something Corporate will play again, he promises, but his other band is the job he feels most compelled to do right now.

“This is the project I was in the middle of when I got sick, and I never got to fi nish it,” he explains. “I think on everybody else’s timeline we’re fast-forwarded a year, but my year stopped in the middle somewhere, and I feel like I’ve got to fi nish this and do it justice.

“So my goal is to get Jack’s to where I feel like it’s a viable entity on its own that I can tour and make records with. At the point I’m satisfied with that, I’ll definitely make another Something Corporate record, but not until then.”

Jack’s Mannequin performs with O.A.R. at 7 p.m. Friday (July 14th) at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. tickets are $30 pavilion and lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit

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