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Musicians Plan Benefit Concert for Lazovsky

Friends and fans rally around Alexei Lazovsky, an original member of local ska legends Dva Samolyota.

Published: February 12, 2014 (Issue # 1797)



  • Dva Samolyota in 1992. Vadim Pokrovsky (front), back row left to right: Alexei Lazovsky, Mikhail Sindalovsky, Denis Medvedev and Anton Belyankin.
    Photo: Vadim Konradt / For SPT

St. Petersburg ska band Dva Samolyota will headline a line-up of musicians and DJs at a benefit concert to raise funds for the bands ailing member Alexei Lazovsky this week.

Due to be held at Griboyedov club, the night-long event called Airplanes First, will also feature rapper Mister Maloy and electronic band PCP as well as DJ sets from DJ Boomer, Lena Popova, Kitt Whale, Zemine, Re-Disco, Lovesky and Kirill Matras. The acts will perform both in the former bunker that is the clubs main concert hall and in the restaurant on the top of the hill above.

The collected funds will go toward the medical treatment of one of Dva Samolyotas original members, Lazovsky, who has been bed-ridden for six years due to a spinal infection.

Lazovsky completed the first stage of his rehabilitation treatment and took his first steps with the aid of a walking frame in late December 2013.

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Lazovskys physical therapy had to be held at a private clinic because the four specialized, state-owned clinics that Lazovsky was sent to by his primary physician refused to treat him for various reasons.

According to Lazovsky, one facility said that he might not be admitted for treatment until autumn 2016 due to the length of the current waiting list but, after some reflection, concluded that this would be too late and not make sense. Another simply said, Lie quietly, dont make a fuss.

In Feb. 2008, Lazovsky contracted vertebral osteomyelitis, a spinal infection of the vertebral column. He was operated on eight times, mostly unsuccessfully, but hope of rehabilitation appeared in November 2013.

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A new examination and the second stage of rehabilitation have been scheduled for March.

First and foremost, we are doing this to encourage him. So he knows that he is remembered, loved and wanted on stage as soon as possible, Dva Samolyotas bassist and singer Anton Belyankin told The St. Petersburg Times on Friday.

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