The metal community is rallying together to help raise money for the family of Relapse Records director of sales Pat Egan, who died from pneumonia-related complications on Feb. 18.
"Pat was a fixture of the New York hard rock and metal scene for 30 years," says Rennie Jaffe, VP/label manager of Philadelphia-based Relapse. "Everybody knew him and he was everybody's best friend."
In the hours after Egan's death, Jaffe reached out to about 25 Relapse acts--including Baroness, Red Fang, Revocation, Toxic Holocaust, Pig Destroyer and comedian/metal fan Brian Posehn--asking if they'd waive track royalties for inclusion on a compilation album.
"Everybody said, 'Absolutely. Let us know if there's anything else we can do,'" Jaffe says, noting that Egan had recently celebrated his 10th year at Relapse and was greatly responsible for much of the indie metal label's success.
The tribute album, Patlapse, can be purchased online at Bandcamp for a suggested donation of $5. Donations can also be made through PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds will go toward a college fund for Egan's teenage daughter, Katie. The album has already generated $5,000 in sales, Jaffe says.
Pig Destroyer has also offered to sell its unreleased album, Mass and Volume, on Bandcamp in early March, with all proceeds going to the Egan family. "That should generate a ton of money," Jaffe says, citing Pig Destroyer as one of Relapse's top sellers.
A memorial event for Egan has been scheduled for the evening of March 5 at New York's Idle Hands Bar, where a silent auction of music memorabilia will be held.
"He never failed to make anyone smile, and he will always be remembered," Katie Egan and her mother, Melinda, jointly wrote in the comments section of Egan's obituary on Billboard.biz.