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Picking His Battles 

by Luke Baumgarten & r & David Bailey has been called a "prophet with a guitar," but as recently as July of 1996 he was just a guy with a glioblastoma multiforme and a desk job. The first thing is an aggressive form of brain cancer that had doctors convinced Bailey wouldn't see Christmas. The news must have been a terrible shock, and not surprisingly it created a tremendous sense of urgency in Bailey.

He used that urgency to successfully fight the cancer and also to embark upon a dream he'd had since he was a teenager. As an American growing up in Beirut during that country's civil war he was forced to complete school in Germany. He was touring all over central and eastern Europe with his band when corporate America came calling.

The dream, then, was to get back to music, which he did, shortly after his diagnosis. He's toured ceaselessly in the last nine years and cut 12 albums. Now he's coming to the Rendezvous for a show that will benefit the CancerCare Northwest Foundation.

David Bailey at the Rendezvous on Friday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $10. Call: 251-9657.
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