“Bill and his family have been through so much,” said Rob Ladd, organizer of the Cat’s Cradle benefit concert event and brother of Bill Ladd. “Our goal is to help them through this time and also to bring awareness to colon cancer and the importance of being screened.”

Rob Ladd and fellow drummer Scott Carle joined Aaron Keck on WCHL.


According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women. In fact, 1 in 22 men and 1 in 24 women will get colorectal cancer in their lifetime. In 2017, an estimated 135,430 people will be diagnosed and 50,260 people will die from the disease.

Bill Ladd is a well-respected member of the Triangle music community and is a former member of bands like:  Johnny Quest, Jolene and the Two Dollar Pistols. These local notable bands grew in popularity and garnered critical acclaim during the early 90s.

In the early 80s, The Connells turned heads with the release of their LP, titled “Darker Days.” They continued to gain recognition and renown for a series albums released through the early 90s and 2000s.

At the event, The Connells will share the stage with two other popular bands:  The Roman Spring and Arrow Beach. Arrow Beach is a new band featuring former members of What Peggy Wants, Hobex, Stratocruiser and Marat. The Roman Spring features ex-members of Colourside, Dillon Fence, Cravin’ Melon, The Veldt and Parklife.

While Bill Ladd’s long-term prognosis looks good, his medical costs are substantial. An initial gofundme campaign raised nearly $40,000 this fall and a second campaign has just begun. For more information on Ladd visit www.BenefitForBill.com.

100 percent of the proceeds support Bill Ladd’s battle against cancer. Tickets are $10 and available at www.catscradle.com or by calling the Cat’s Cradle box office at (919) 967-9053.