TV18 Video: An interview with Big Head Todd
March 22, 2007
Steamboat Springs — The story below was written by Alison Plean of the Steamboat Pilot & Today for 4 Points.
It could have happened to anyone.
On Dec. 21, 2006, Dave Genchi was on a routine training run with Steamboat Powdercats in the backcountry when he hit a rock on his snowboard, fell headfirst and broke his neck.
“It’s a life-changing incident, and Dave is still lacking movement below his (chest),” said Steamboat Powdercats co-worker Kent Vertrees. “But Dave has an incredibly positive attitude and his therapists say he’s a rock star.”
Three other rock stars will play a benefit concert to help cover some of Genchi’s medical bills.
Big Head Todd and the Monsters will play Wednesday night at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel at 8 p.m. in a benefit for Genchi.
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There is strong connection between the band and the Yampa Valley. The band members have skied with Powdercats and guitarist, keyboardist, saxophonist and vocalist Todd Park Mohr owns a home in Yampa.
“My father immigrated to Yampa in 1956, a little after the Korean War, to have a better life in America,” Mohr said. “He had the opportunity to come out here, and there was someone who sponsored and took him in, in Yampa.”
Rob Squires, who plays drums and percussion and sings for the band, knows Genchi personally.
Mohr said it is rare for the band to do a benefit concert.
“We don’t do it very often at all,” he said. “The situation has to be right. We didn’t have any other gigs booked and had an extra day to be in Steamboat.”
The band also is playing a free concert at the base of Steamboat Ski Area at 3 p.m. Thursday with a different set list than the night before.
Mohr said the band is entering a transitional phase after this tour, as is Genchi.
It takes 18 months after a spinal cord injury before doctors will know what motor skills Genchi will recover.
“This has affected a lot of people because of the reality that this can happen to any one of us,” Vertrees said. “Life is super precious and you never know when a turn will be your last.”
One raffle ticket is included in the price of admission to the benefit concert and additional tickets will be for sale at the event. Prizes include a six-pack for Steamboat Powdercats, a scuba diving trip to Cozumel for two people from Steamboat Scuba & Water Sports LLC, and items from Patagonia, Mountain Hardware, SmartWool, Crocs, Salomon and a lifetime bike tune at Ski Haus.
“A portion of the beverage sales and all of the admission proceeds will go toward Dave’s recovery fund,” Vertrees said. “I’m super positive and optimistic that he will have a full recovery, and miracles happen with surgeries and everything going on in the medical world.”