2008 – Gilmour’s tribute to Floyd star Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Syd Barrett and Richard Wright Gilmour said Wright (right) was “gentle, unassuming and private”. Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has praised late bandmate Richard Wright for his “vitality, spark and humour”. Writing on his website, Gilmour said he had “never played with anyone quite […]
2005 – Long-running Goth rockers The Cure drop keyboardist Roger O’Donnell and guitarist Perry Bamonte from their line-up.
2003 – Dave Rowberry, keyboardist with ’60s hitmakers the Animals (“House of the Rising Sun”), is found dead in his East London flat. He was 62.
2003 – Bee Gees keyboardist/bassist Maurice Gibb dies at a Miami Beach hospital.
2002 – Ozma keyboardist/flute player Star Wick is injured in a car accident in the midst of the Vans Warped Tour. Wick suffers whiplash and bruising in addition to a tear in her cornea as a result of contact lens complications when the car’s airbag inflates.
2002 – Gravity Kills keyboardist Doug Firley drops a custom-made, spring-loaded keyboard on his hand, shattering the bones in his right ring finger during a show in Allentown, Pa.
2001 – Bluesman John Lee Hooker, believed to be 83, dies of natural causes at his home in Los Altos, Calif. The singer/guitarist began his career in 1949, when his Modern Records single “Boogie Chillen” became a No. 1 R&B hit. Lyrics: Boom boom boom boom I’m gonna shoot you right down, right offa your […]
1998 – Faith No More announce they’re splitting. Singer Mike Patton goes on work with Mr. Bungle and Fantomas, while keyboardist Roddy Bottum joins Imperial Teen.
1998 – It is announced that Slash/Reprise act Faith No More has decided to break up. Sources say Lead singer Mike Patton is still a member of Warner Bros. act Mr. Bungle, while keyboardist Roddy Bottum is a member of London Records act Imperial Teen.
1997 – West Arkeen, who played guitar on Guns N’ Roses’ Use Your Illusion albums, dies. West Arkeen (June 18, 1960 – May 30, 1997) was an American musician best-known for co-writing several Guns N’ Roses songs, and was known unofficially as GN’R #6. He died on May 30, 1997 in Los Angeles of a […]
1997 – Piano player Kenny Moore dies in Australia while on tour with Tina Turner. Moore, 45, played with Aretha Franklin and Billy Preston, prior to joining Turner’s band in 1976. Before his Deaths, he performs as a solo artist in Europe and writes songs for Patti LaBelle.
1996 – Smashing Pumpkin Jimmy Chamberlin is fired from the band. A week earlier the drummer had been arrested on drug-possession charges in connection with the fatal overdose of touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin.