Staind bass player buys ambulance for Mass. towns
An ambulance company that serves six rural western Massachusetts towns has purchased a new ambulance, thanks to a $150,000 gift from the bass player for the hard-rock band Staind.
The gift from Johnny April enabled Highland Ambulance to buy a new vehicle to replace its aging 1998 model, the Associated Press reports.
Highland Ambulance director Michael Rock said the gift was a “godsend.” Mr. Rock told the Recorder of Greenfield the old ambulance was nearing the end of its useful life and the company would have been hard-pressed to afford a new one.
Highland serves the towns of Ashfield, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Plainfield and Williamsburg. It responds to about 550 calls per year.
Mr. April, although originally from Springfield, Mass., lives in Goshen.
Staind is best known for its 2001 song “It’s Been Awhile.” the group New Edition.
An email message to his attorney, Christopher Brown, was not immediately returned.
Messianic bandleader Ziggy Stardust was one of several personas he adopted.
Mr. Kemp, a longtime fan of Mr. Bowie’s, said Ziggy offered a dash of glamour in a “much darker, more impoverished London” than the city of today.