Bassist for the Mars Volta and Marilyn Manson, Juan Alderete, has suffered a serious brain injury

A fundraiser has been started to help with medical expenses, and bandmates have urged fans to donate.

Juan Alderete

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Bass player for the Mars Volta and for Marilyn Manson (and effects pedal collector and expert in his own right), Juan Alderete, has been left with a Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI), a kind of traumatic brain injury, after a bicycle accident.

The accident happened on 13 January and involved only Alderete. A GoFundMe page has since been created to help Alderete’s family cover medical expenses, with the goal of $250,000 almost halfway achieved at the time of writing (7 February).

Marilyn Manson posted on Instagram urging fans to donate, writing “My friend and band mate, Juan, needs our help. And our energy. Please give whenever you can. Thank you.”

Mars Volta Frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala also used the platform to encourage support:


On the GoFundMe page Anne Alderete, Juan’s wife, wrote: “as many of you fellow musicians and artists understand, there is no paid time off or sick time for this type of work. The journey Juan and his family are about to embark on is a marathon, not a sprint; it is a long road and we want to be able to tap some of the best and most passionate medical professionals who are experts on TBI patients and their potential for recovery. Physical, occupational and cognitive therapies are just some of what we’ll need to pay for in the coming weeks and months. In-patient care and therapy, special medical equipment and assistance are other expenses we anticipate in the longer term. And while we help Juan focus on recovering, he will not be able to work but of course the goal is to get him back to playing music, and talking pedals on Pedals and Effects with his partner in crime, Nick. Because the world needs Juan on bass just as much as Juan needs to play bass.”

You can donate to the GoFundMe here. For more music news, click here.

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