Rusko Diagnosed With Stomach Cancer


Fans of dubstep/bass producer Rusko (a.k.a.Christopher Mercer) are rallying to support him after he revealed on Facebook that he’s been diagnosed with stomach cancer.

Rusko’s medical issues began on April 25 when his team posted on Facebook that several gigs had to be canceled as the DJ/producer was suffering from “an unforeseen medical emergency and under the strict instruction of Rusko’s physician the following shows have been cancelled: Colorado Springs, Salt Lake City, Columbus and Buffalo. Ticket holders can get information on how to receive a refund from their point of sale. We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.”

Yesterday Rusko, 32, took to Facebook and revealed he was being treated for gastric lymphoma, a type of stomach cancer:

So after a stay in a US hospital and then back here in the UK, I am currently beginning treatment for gastric lymphoma (a type of stomach cancer). Regrettably I will not be able to make any shows this summer, but I do still have loads of music coming out which is awesome – and gonna cheer me up for sure. In the meantime if I’m a bit quiet you know why.
Lots of love and thanks for the support always

Rusko will be off the road for the foreseeable future, currently unable to play a string of US and UK music festivals he’d been booked to play. More on this story as it develops.

Image via Facebook

4/20 Playlist: 10 Dope Dance Joints About Marijuana

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For decades musicians from all genres have written songs about marijuana. Reggae legends Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, metal pioneers Black Sabbath, hip-hop acts Cypress Hill, Method Man, Snoop Dogg and Luniz and funk icon Rick James have all sung the praises of weed. Perhaps they all took a cue from folk troubadour Bob Dylan who proclaimed in 1966’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” that “everybody must get stoned.” Songs about ganja aren’t as prevalent in dance music, but there are a few notable ones.  In honor of April 20 (a.k.a. 4/20), we present a playlist of dance songs celebrating the green stuff.
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Contest Alert! Win Tickets to Ultra Music Festival


Ultra Music Festival 2013, taking place March 15-17, 2013 and March 22-24, 2013 at Bayfront Amphitheater in Downtown Miami, is celebrating its 15th anniversary the only way it knows how — by once again booking some of the world’s best DJ and electronic talent to perform at its world-famous event.

We’re giving away a precious pair of tickets to weekend one to a lucky Big Shot reader courtesy of our friends at UMF. The jaw-dropping bill includes a lineup of stellar international DJ talent: Swedish House Mafia, Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Yeasayer, Eric Prydz, Infected Mushroom, Avicii, Boys Noize, Martin Solveig, Ferry Corsten, Kaskade, Fedde Le Grand, Rusko, Booka Shade, Bassnectar, Above & Beyond, Sub Focus, Major Lazer, Pretty Lights, Wolfgang Gartner, The Weeknd, Porter Robinson and many more.

Excited? You should be!

To enter the contest tweet the following:

I want to win @ultramusic tickets for #UMF weekend 1 from @bigshotmagazine

Remember: you only need to tweet the above sentence once in order to enter the contest. Good luck!

The Rules:

• Entrants must be following @bigshotmagazine and @ultramusic
• Winner must be 21 or over
• Winner is responsible for transportation to/from UMF 2013
• Anyone found using multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible
• Contest ends at 12:00 pm EST on March 8, 2013

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And the winner is…

Congratulations to @AliDegan! Big thanks to everyone who entered.