Staind bass player buys am­bu­lance for Mass. towns

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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.

Bobby Brown

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