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Sun Sep 15, 2013, 09:41 PM

In loving memory of Tico Torres' Appendix (1953 - 2013)

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On October 7, 2013, Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres turned sixty years old. But he received his birthday present a month earlier -- from his appendix.

On September 10, 2013, the band was preparing to leave their hotel for the Mexico City venue where they would be playing a sold-out show. But Tico began experiencing severe abdominal pains, and they ended up rushing him to a hospital instead.

Three days later, frontman Jon Bon Jovi announced: "...Thankfully, the operation was a success and Tico is now recovering...We'd like to thank the doctors, nurses and all the hospital staff who helped...Tico sends his thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers...He even promised the doctors he would come back for the surgery right after the show..."

Well, Jon, his bandmates, and their fans owe Tico's appendix a lot of thanks, too.

That is, suppose it had decided to hang in for just a few hours more and detonate while Tico was drumming away at the sound check -- or worse, the gig itself. With his heartbeat and body temperature elevated, the attack could very easily have resulted in his appendix bursting. Would he have been correctly diagnosed and transported to the hospital in time? Were only a couple of hours the difference between the world's Bon Jovi fans sending their thoughts and prayers and their sending their condolences?

Of course, Tico is such a good drummer that it's only logical that his appendix would have natural rhythm, too. Or maybe it loved Tico so much, it just couldn't bring itself to destroy them both. Whatever the reason, I am very thankful that Tico is alive and well to perform another day -- and I will be eternally grateful to the body part that sacrificed itself to make his survival possible.




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Sat Sep 21, 2013, 01:19 PM

1. Update: Apparently, Tico's gall bladder got lonely or jealous...

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or perhaps it fell in love with his appendix, and they made a plot to elope.

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Wed Oct 9, 2013, 12:12 PM

2. UPDATE 2: On October 8, 2013, the day after he turned sixty years old

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Tico played for two hours-plus in Fresno California with the help of thicker sticks, a drum seat with a back on it, and possibly a back brace. Evidentially, he had the faster-healing kind of surgery where they stick a couple of holes and a camera in you rather than slice you open like a fish. At any rate, a good time was had by all:






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Wed Oct 9, 2013, 12:32 PM

3. P.S. In case you're curious about those gloves he's wearing:

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