Update, 6/23/2015: A crowdfunding campaign has started to help Chrys Armijo train another service animal.
Original story: Helping each other out is just par for the course in heavy metal. There are lots of people who are weirdly surprised by this fact—but I’ve seen first hand the amazing charity efforts, organizations, and hospitality spurred by the music’s supporters. And when it comes a call to action in the Phoenix metal scene, the response is often overwhelming.
But it isn’t just about supporting the music—sometimes it’s about supporting the supporters. Enter Chrys Armijo. Many venue owners, musicians, promoters and more know him as an amazing fixture on the local scene. He attends countless shows, and always has a positive word to say. Many also know that when they see Armijo, they are also going to see Majik. As an avid lover of all that’s metal, Chrys is also a paraplegic, and Majik his service dog/animal companion. Majik was one badass pup—in the tribute video below, you’ll see photos of him and Armijo alongside Kerry King of Slayer, Dave Ellefson of Megadeth, and even a shot of Majik drinking water right out of Zakk Wylde’s water bottle, all while wearing a customized Black Label Society leather jacket.
Sadly, a few weeks ago Majik passed on, and the word spread quickly. Soon enough there was discussion about the fact that while Majik could never be replaced, Chrys will require a new service dog at some point. And what better way to help raise the money then the local metal scene organizing a show for the cause?
Patrick Flannery from St. Madness was one of the first people to bring this show to attention.
“Chrys is a huge supporter of national and local metal. His dog Majik was a local celebrity. Majik had the sweetest personality anyone could go up and pet him and he had the most calm beautiful eyes.”
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So on June 26, get ready to rally in the name of good heavy metal and good people. In memory of Majik and in honor of Amijo, bands that include St. Madness, Chemicals of Democracy, Faceless, and Romeo’s Sin are coming together for a show at Club Red. While admission is free, it costs a lot to retain a new service animal, so donations will be accepted at the door. This will be a fantastic evening that will hopefully raise enough for Chrys, and you can expect to see people like Wiley Arnett and Greg Hall in attendance.
“I hope the benefit raises enough money for Chrys to get a new service dog,” Flannery says. “Chrys is a good man and I know it would mean the world to him."
Correction: This article originally misspelled Chrys Armijo's name.