Michigan Metal Band Summer Dying Reuniting to Honor Late Band Member


Story by Anne Erickson

Summer Dying is playing one final show for a good cause

Those in the mid-Michigan metal world know the name Summer Dying. For years, the band toured Michigan and all over the U.S. with its melodic, heavy metal sound that incorporated hardcore influences.

Summery Dying hasn’t performed together in more than a decade, but now, the guys are getting back together to help one of their own.

The group will hold a memorial and fundraiser to celebrate the life of their late bass player, Bobby L. Bryant, Saturday (April 15) at Mac’s Bar in Lansing. Also on the bill are Somber, Heartsick and A Sleepless Malice. All proceeds will go to his family.

“With his passing, it kind of crushed us,” Summer’s Dying’s Kerry McCabe said. “We wanted to do something to help his family out, so instead of just making individual contributions and calling it good, we decided we’d do a reunion show with all the members to pay tribute to him, raise some funds and have a memorial for all his Michigan friends, since he’s lived out in Phoenix for over the past 14 years or so.”

McCabe and Bryant were tight. Really tight. “We lived together and became brothers,” McCabe said. “People always asked if he and I were actually brothers.”

Not only are the funds raised from the show going to Bryant’s family, but Summer Dying is also contributing money raised from merchandise sales.

“It will be a ‘Everything must go’ sort of affair, where people can pay what they can for merch,” McCabe said.

McCabe says Saturday will be a moment of “sharing the stage with my brothers. Most of these guys I don’t see too often, so it will be great to throw down one last time.”

More information: Those who wish to contribute to Bobby’s Memorial Fund may do so via https://www.gofundme.com/memorialfundforbobby.

Poster credit: Kerry McCabe

Anne Erickson
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