Legendary drummer Nick Barker is battling with kidney failure; GoFundMe launched

Posted by on July 26, 2023


A GoFundMe has been set up to support legendary extreme metal drummer Nick Barker (Lock Up, Brujeria, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth) as whi is battling kidney failure. Starting his career with Cradle of Filth in the early nineties working on four albums and touring worldwide. After his successful run with Cradle of Filth, he joined Dimmu Borgir by 1999 up until 2004. Barker has also performed with notable bands like Testament, Exodus, Gorgoroth, Benediction, Anaal Nathrakh, and more. Since the launch of the fundraiser on June 4th with over eight hundred backers, the campaign has exceeded its initial goal.


Brandi Campanile, who launched the campaign, shared the following on the GoFundMe:

“Nicholas Barker…. If asked to write anything, it would be a list of phenomenal statements, but I will just state the most obvious and this is definitely not the way in which one wants to state them: Amazing drummer… duh Loving father…. Oh goodness does this man love his daughters! Amazing friend… absofuckinglutely… Man would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Always there to uplift, provide a kind word and make sure you know you are amazing. Even if its something you don’t want to hear, he will tell you with love, cause that’s just who he is. Always doing things to make us laugh with his antics. He has given us his entire life with music, on stage or in the studio. Giving us music that has us raging. His achievements are definitely awe inspiring!!!! Maybe I am biased, but it is what it is. But writing this statement, is not something he planned for. As many noticed, back in 2022, Nick was hospitalized several times… a couple of these times while on tour. During these visits, it was discovered that he was losing kidney function. With determination, he tried to continue caring for himself while maintaining the tours and his musical career. His life has been dedicated to it along with his daughters. Both of which are his life blood. Unfortunately, it has all taken its toll and the kidneys are in full failure. With all things, he has been going through this the best he can, on his own. After giving so much of himself to his music, to us, his friends and fans….. He now needs us as he”


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