R.I.P. Brandon – Teenage Bottlerocket Drummer Passes Away

It is with great sadness that over the last week Wyoming’s Teenage Bottlerocket drummer, Brandon Lee Carlisle had passed away due to heart failure. It has been a really tough time for the family and friends of Brandon while they try to absorb this complete shock. Teenage Bottlerocket have come together to form a fundraiser to help Brandon’s family out with medical bills and funeral costs. Please donate what you can.

Please keep our drummer Brandon in your thoughts and prayers as he fights for his life.  As of November 5th he is still in a coma. His eyes are open so there may be hope, but only time will tell, the next few days will be huge in determining if Brandon is still with us. The amount of love and support Brandon has received from people all over the world has been simply amazing. From all of us at Teenage Bottlerocket, from all of Brandon’s family and loved ones thank you so much everyone. Now let’s try and raise some money to help pay for whatever might happen.

Here’s the  original statement from Ray on November 4th:
Hi friends and family. This is a tough one. Here goes. My brother Brandon Carlisle is in a coma. His roommate found him yesterday around 11 am and he was unresponsive. The paramedics showed up at his house shortly after and his heart wasn’t beating. They got it going and it gave out again in the ambulance. They got his heart started again and it stopped beating in the icu unit where the doctors were able to get his heart going again a third time. The scary part is the swelling to Brandon’s brain due to lack of oxygen and blood flow. His body temperature was 88 degrees when he arrived at the icu. I’m pretty sure that means my brother was without oxygen for quite a long time. He is currently in a coma and the doctors are keeping him at about 93 degrees. They will start to bring him back up to a normal temperature for the next 12-16 hours. Then they will ween him off of his sedatives and the neurologists will be able to determine whether or not Brandon is still with us. All prayers and thoughts for my brother are greatly appreciated. I know Brandon didn’t want this to happen. He’s tough as nails and we are hoping for the best. Looks like we need a miracle. Love to all.

Please click here to donate to the fund.

Header photo by Eric Brisson

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Liz, founder and CEO of Bucketlist, Canada's first female-owned music webzine, is an avid lover of music and the arts who brings a rich, artistic background to every aspect of her life. As a child, she sang in a choir and has been playing keys on and off for 15 years. Liz’ musical inclinations coupled with her love of art allowed her to pursue a degree in media/marketing/design. After 20 years working in the music industry, booking raves, shows, handling promotion management, and managing artists she decided to form a webzine called Bucketlist Music Reviews. The zine was a medium for her to be able to help musicians gain some recognition that they deserved. She has taken advantage of this experience and pushed her career further in Public Relations and Social Media Management. Because of Liz’ wide knowledge and musical taste she DJs as well, blasting your favourite 80s and 90s tunes. If you find DJ Lizard Queen spinning in your town do not miss out - you may just have the time of your life.

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