Industrial Music Legend Genesis P-Orridge Cancelled Her European Tour Because She Has Cancer

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge released a statement saying she had just been diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia. P-Orridge is a legend in the industrial music scene, co-founding the seminal bands Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV. Her treatments begin tomorrow, and Psychic TV’s European tour has been postponed.

P-Orridge made a post on her Facebook explaining the situation:

Genesis P-Orridge

Thee responses from so many ov you, ov US ! Shatteringly full ov beauty.
We cannot possibly thank you all enough. Sean suggested a healing SIGIL. This couming Monday, though appropriate in that its thee day we begin a new experimental chemo, and blood transfusions and ov course! a 23rd. Is a possibility for healing sigils. Thee TOPI New Y-Era actually, we believe begins on December 23rd and coumtinues until January 23rd every yera. It’s seen as a metabolic cleansing and changing, a kind ov magickal menstruation ov T.I.M.E. so this couming Monday, should you feel inspired, do sigilise healing. We will try and post a way to collect thee Sigils. Perhaps create a plexi pillar to contain them.

THEN on January 23rd, let’s all do an “ACTIVATE thee ONE TRUE TOPI TRIBE sigilising. AND again collect and store as a shamanic battery all our efforts. In a way its an extension ov “TRY TO ALTAR EVERYTHING”…thee exchange.

T.I.M.E. to rest my weary bones. More over thee weeks end…

My dearest One True TOPI Tribe and all humanE Beings who for varied reasons follow this FB ad hoc magazine of mine we have finally hit a biological wall. During the last yera we have been touring regularly, plus myself and Edley, Aaron Dilloway, Wesley Eisold and others have collaborated on special events. We have given lectures at colleges and Universities and LGBTQ gatherings worldwide. Created “Try To Altar Every Thing” a retrospective art exhibition at the Rubin Museum that got rave critical revues. We just completed a book of interviews with Brion Gysin in the 1980’s in Paris for Carl Abrahamsson’s Trapart publications entitled; “His Name Was Master”. All my L-if-E we have powered through physically despite having serious illnesses ongoing. Some from childhood, and being clinically dead 3 times. But this last yera we and the band noticed we were getting more exhausted than usual and after almost every tour we collapsed sick, lethargic and worn out to a much deeper degree. About 4 weeks ago we were having severe problems breathing. My dearest friends Roxy ( of Wetware) and Leigha
Mason an amazing artist insisted they take me to an ER. After about 14 hours, and lots of tests and scans we were rushed to the Presbyterian Hospital Oncology Wing. We had been diagnosed with Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia. Descrobed by my Doctors as ” a severe, life threatening blood disorder.” Not my favourite piece of recent news! But then again we have cheated death several times since my first clinical demise in 1967..! What it DOES mean is we have to take this seriously and this time we cannot just power through it. We begin serious treatments next week on Monday 23rd( of course) so, if you have ways you focus your loving energies and care to share a little with me. We’d be honoured…the immediate and terribly disappointing result is the Psychic TV/PTV3 detour of Europe due to begin this Sunday 22nd has had to be very reluctantly postponed…we have to agree with my medical experts, my amazing fellow band members, my two daughters Caresse and Genesse, and my chosen extended famille who so lovingly surround me that working on making me strong and fit once more has to be the only sensible priority. We kept hoping we’d be OK but today heard the illness has got worse this week. My sincere, oh so sad apologies for all of you who bought tickets, were excited to share time, space, loving ideas and celebrations with us in all those cities. To postpone was not my first choice by a long way. We are sorry for any disappointment and hope to repair that loss as soon as we can. We also apologise to promoters, and all the hundreds of visible and invisible people who make these tours happen and these venues survive. We are heartbroken to have seen the insane amount of work Matski and Edley have put in to set all this up only to have my old 67 yera body say it needs a rest. We’ve been touring for about 50 yeras now. It’s the first time we have had to do this. We hope it will not be necassary again.
We DO love you all, we almost said you have no idea, but what makes our tribe so special is we DO have a very good idea, Its an idea that begins a way of L-if-E of living. And you are a wonder full blessing and confirmation of the rightness of our belief in coumpassion; kindness; forgiveness; loyalty; unconditional “BIG” love; generosity; sharing; caring; and always seeking a more pure way of Being.

Thank you for your understanding, Djin GEN

Angry Love Productions wrote this earlier today:-
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This year Genesis P Orridge has had some major struggles with her health. During the last 2 months she has been hospitalized more than once. Her doctors have decided she should not travel at the present time in order to recover fully. Therefore all upcoming European dates will be postponed to 2018. We will announce once we know more.

Genesis P-Orridge”


She reports feeling more exhausted after touring last year, collapsing sick after shows. A month ago, after having severe breathing problems, she went to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with the “severe, life-threatening blood disorder.”

Psychic TV’s European tour was due to start today, but was understandably postponed. P-Orridge says this is the first time she’s had to cancel a tour in nearly 50 years of touring. Thursday, before P-Orridge’s announcement, Angry Love Productions, her record label posted:

This year Genesis P Orridge has had some major struggles with her health. During the last 2 months she has been hospitalized more than once. Her doctors have decided she should not travel at the present time in order to recover fully. Therefore all upcoming European dates will be postponed to 2018. We will announce once we know more.

According to the posts, her treatments will include a new experimental form of chemotherapy.

P-Orridge first came to fame with the experimental COUM Transmissions collective, founded with Cosey Fanni Tutti. P-Orridge and Tutti would go on to found Throbbing Gristle with Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson and Chris Carter. Throbbing Gristle went on to become one of the leading bands in the industrial genre, even giving the movement its name with their Industrial Records label.

Throbbing Gristle’s music was harsh and often disturbing. The song “Hamburger Lady” told the story of a woman who had been so badly burned her face looked like hamburger meat. The story was written by mail-artist Blaster Al Ackerman in a letter; the letter is included

fter Throbbing Gristle broke up in 1981, P-Orridge and Alexander Fergusson formed Psychic TV. Though Psychic TV was also harsh and noisy, it also incorporated more elements of traditional pop and dance music.

In 1995, P-Orridge married Lady Jaye Breyer. Breyer and P-Orridge soon embarked on the Pandrogyne Project, where the two people attempted to unite as a “pandrogyne,” or a single entity. Both Breyer and P-Orridge went under extensive surgeries and body modification to look like the other. These surgeries continued until Lady Jaye passed away in 2007. After her death, P-Orridge continued the Pandrogyne Project and adopted the “we” pronoun instead of “I”, to keep Breyer’s memory alive.

Explaining the Pandrogyne Project, P-Orridge said:

We started out, because we were so crazy in love, just wanting to eat each other up, to become each other and become one. And as we did that, we started to see that it was affecting us in ways that we didn’t expect. Really, we were just two parts of one whole; the pandrogyne was the whole and we were each other’s other half.

The entire Throbbing Gristle discography is being reissued on vinyl starting November 3, with new editions of debut album The Second Annual Report, plus their most popular album 20 Jazz Funk Greats and the compilation The Taste of TG. Psychic TV’s Pagan Day and Allegory and Self were re-issued earlier this year.

Correction: This article originally stated that Cosey Fanni Tutti was a co-founder of COUM Transmissions and that Peter Christopherson was a co-founder of Psychic TV. Also, at the time of their marriage, Lady Jaye Breyer was NOT part of Psychic TV, she only joined later.

Photo via Genesis P-Orridge’s Facebook
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