A place to show our respects to people in Rock who have gone to the great Gig in the sky . Past, Present and The Future .
My first "Pop" hero was the late great Marc Bolan .1947 - 1977.
I was about 9 years old when I was Bought steal and borrowing his singles . Over the next few years I kinda grew out of him and once you heard Sgt. Pepper ..Well ! So when I heard he`d died in 77 , I was`nt that upset , which was strange for how much I was into his music .
We have also lost his Bongo player Micky Finn . 1947 - 2003
As I got older I returned to T. Rex and they still sounded as good when I first heard them . This B - Side became a one of my favs .
I will happily set up a board for this but I don't think 'for those who have died for Rock' is an appropriate title. I mean, Lennon never died for rock. He was murdered. Marc Bolan lost control of his car. George Harrison lost his battle against cancer. I'm sure all of them would have wanted to live much longer than they did and wouldn't have thought rock music was worth dying for.
Well, there are lots of threads to show our respects and thoughts about The Beatles on this Forum. Don't you think ? This should be for tributes for Rock and pop legends . But I guess it's open for anyone in the music world . Producers managers etc .
I immediately flipped this around and two things struck me. I am staggered at how many came back from the brink. Clapton Townsend, Elton John, Bowie, Plant, Paige, most of Fleetwood Mac, even acts who I watched from unknowns such as Dave Gahan, Boy George and George Michael all from the pop end of the business were close to the edge.
When you add other stars such as Bonham, Moon, Parsons, Cobain, Winehouse, Vicious, Joplin, Hendrix or even someone like Syd Barrett, what is it about the industry that somehow turns a blind eye until it is too late.
I am slightly amazed that some in the first list are still here. I watched Cracked actor the Bowie Documentary and it still leaves me deeply upset.
I have never been able to reconcile the pleasure many of the records have given me with their early passing. Ultimately I must be just a naïve fool.
I see . Sounds like something Woody Allen would say . You don`t get upset on the Train even though hundreds of Irish workers died building the Railways Just have got to just be thankful of their legacy .
There is a saying somewhere , someplace and something like . The Stars that burn the brightest ,burn quickest .
I always think that of young artists and people with great minds leave this mortal coil to soon . I guess it`s not the case with every Rock star . Karen Carpenter is the only one that I can`t listen too . I really start to get a lump in the throat . But apart from her I`m always in awe of the Music they have left behind .
Also to ponder on is the way that people react to Musicians after there death . Not so much these days but when Elvis died they said it was a great career move . Micheal Jackson ? Makes you think that how much he was in debt .
I remember when Elvis died , people where buying his records even though they never even had one single of his records . Not me . My spends went on a band that had broke up 7 years earlier and where far better than a burnt out pop star playing Vegas for tourists . *
* Sorry if I offended any Elvis fans , these are just my opinions . But good ones .
Then there's the famous "27 Club". When that famous blues guitarist went down and signed that pact with the devil at The Crossroads, no one knew then how many would follow him down that path....
Robert Johnson died at 27 years of age on Aug. 16th, 1938. (Elvis would die on that same day, Aug.16th, 39 years later.) Jessie Belvin died in 1960 at age 27. Rudy Lewis lead vocalist of the Drifters died in 1964 at age 27. Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones died in 1969 at the age of 27. Alan Wilson of Canned Heat died in 1970 at the age of 27. Jimi Hendrix died in 1970 at the age of 27. Janis Joplin died one month later in 1970 at the age of 27. Jim Morrison of the Doors died in 1971 at the age of 27. Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan of the Grateful Dead died in 1973 at the age of 27. Dave Alexander bass player for The Stooges died in 1975 at the age of 27. Peter Ham of Badfinger died in 1975 at the age of 27. Gary Thain of Uriah Heep and the Keef Hartley Band died in 1975 at the age of 27. Pete de Freitas drummer for Echo & The Bunnymen died in 1989 at the age of 27. Kurt Cobain of Nirvana died in 1994 at the age of 27. Kris Pfaff bass player for Hole died a couple of months later in 1994 at the age of 27. Amy Winehouse died in 2011 at the age of 27. There have been many more not as famous musicians that have died at this age.
Forgot to report this one from a couple of week ago. Bobby Keys passed away on Dec. 2nd. He played SAX on Lennon's 'Whatever Gets You Through The Night' and was on George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' lps. He was also a close friend of Keith Richards and played sax on the Rolling Stone hit 'Brown Sugar'. He was 70 and would have had his 71st birthday this Thursday. R I P Bobby Keys.