Letter from the Editor – September 2008

I first met Sean Hennefer when he was playing guitar in legendary SLC punk band, The Corleones. It was February of 2003 and I had recently booked the band to play SLUG Magazine’s 14th anniversary party. After the event, I followed his local music career over the next few years with longtime collaborator and singer, Ryan Jensen. The two friends eventually quit the Corleones and began a new Salt Lake music project called Vile Blue Shades.

Soon after Vile’s musical conception, Sean walked out on the project—leaving the SLC music scene to pursue a college degree. Over the years I lost track of Sean until last month, when I received an email from a mutual friend explaining that he had cancer.

His medical bills had topped $30,000.

I decided it was time to pay him a visit and see how he was coping. I met Sean at his house and began interviewing him for a new podcast series SLUG is working on with UtahFreeMedia.org. Our first episode is themed around Sean, his past role in SLC’s music scene, his new visual art projects and current fight with cancer. Sean Hennefer has follicular lymphoma cancer. The average age of a person with this type of cancer is 65 years old. Sean is 31. His oncologist told him that only 10�f people with this particular type of cancer survive. Since his initial diagnosis in May, Sean has undergone numerous tests, radiation therapy and major surgery to remove the cancer in his neck lymph nodes.

The second Friday of each month is SLUG Magazine’s local music showcase, Localized. We interview two established bands, pair them with an up-and-coming act as the opener and book the gig at a club. This month’s Localized is a benefit show for Sean Henefer. Comedian Travis Bird, Fuck the Informer and Vile Blue Shades will play.

Over the next two months, friends and local businesses are pulling together resources to raise money for Sean’s plight. If you or someone you know would like to get involved, please email:

September Benefit Shows for Sean Hennefer:

September 12th SLUG’s Localized Benefit
Show: Travis Bird, Fuck The Informer and Vile Blue Shades at The Urban Lounge. All proceeds from the evening go directly to Sean.

September 19th
“Portraits” by Sean Hennefer at Café Niché (300 South 800 East), Gallery Stroll, 6-9p.m.

September 27th
BBQ fundraiser. RSVP required