Category Archives: Obituaries

Big Jim Sullivan RIP

Affectionately know as “THE Session Man”, Big Jim Sullivan (real name James George Tomkins) passed away yesterday aged 71. Big Jim’s list of credits and achievements could fill this entire page. He appeared on hundreds of hit singles and albums – including … Continue reading

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Simon Oberender RIP

DPRP wishes to express its condolences for the tragic passing of Beyond The Bridge guitar and keyboard player Simon Oberender. Oberender was also the keyboardist for Amanda Somerville’s band Trillium and worked in the Gate Studios in Wolfsburg as a … Continue reading

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RIP Eric Cook from Lethal

Eric Cook, guitarist for the legendary power/progressive metal band Lethal, has lost his battle with cancer. The Kentucky-based Lethal was founded by Tom Mallicoat and the Cook brothers, Eric and Glen. In 1990, after the arrival of drummer Jerry Hartmann, … Continue reading

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Bob Birch RIP

Robert (Bob) Wayne Birch, perhaps best known as Elton John’s bass player, has been found dead in Los Angeles yesterday morning. Although not confirmed it is believed that he took his own life. Bob was 56. Although Bob’s long running … Continue reading

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Threshold commemorate passing of vocalist Mac one year ago

One year on from the sad passing of former Threshold vocalist Andrew ‘Mac’ McDermott, the UK progressive metallers have uploaded some previously unseen footage of one of Mac’s last performances with the band as a tribute to him. Recorded at … Continue reading

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Jon Lord, founder of Deep Purple, dies aged 71

It is with great sadness we announce the death of Jon Lord, musician, composer and former keyboard player with the rock band Deep Purple. Jon was aged 71. He had been receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer since last August. Lord, who co-wrote many … Continue reading

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Bob Weston RIP

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Weston passed away on Tuesday 3rd January 2012. The cause of death is said to be a gastrointestinal haemorrhage and it is belived he died quietly in his sleep. Along with Fleewood Mac,John worked with … Continue reading

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Larry ‘Rhino’ Reinhardt RIP

Iron Butterfly guitarist and co-founder of ’70s rock group Captain Beyond, Larry ‘Rhino’ Reinhardt, died on 2nd January 2012. “He was one of the true American classic rock guitar players, like Michael Monarch of Steppenwolf and Mark Farner of Grand Funk … Continue reading

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Keef Hartley RIP

Drummer and bandleader Keef Hartley sadly passed away on 26th November 2011. He was 67. Noted for his work with The Artwoods and John Mayall and a member of Dog Soldier. Keef also formed the Keef Hartley Band, releasing five … Continue reading

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Mark “Moogy” Klingman RIP

In other Todd  Rundgren/Utopia related news we sadly to announce the passing of Utopia’s original keyboard man Moogy Klingman. Moogy passed away on Tuesday 15th November from “an aggressive form of cancer”. Our thoughts are with his family and friends… Mark … Continue reading

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Chuck Ruff RIP

Drummer Chuck Ruff passed away on Friday 14th October after a long battle against illness. Ruff played with Sammy Hagar on the Street Machine (1979) and Danger Zone (1979) albums, but it is perhaps remembered in progressive circles for his … Continue reading

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Bert Jansch RIP

Bert Jansch, founding member of Pentagle and hugely repected musician, passed away at London’s Marie Curie Hospice yesterday (5th October). Aged 67, Bert lost his lengthy battle against cancer…  The Guardian printed the following announcement: Bert Jansch, a leading figure in the British folk … Continue reading

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Mikko Laine dies in accident

Mikko Laine from Finnish “progressive-melancholic-metal band” Sole Remedy has been killed in a freak truck accident at this year’s ProgPower Europe Festival. There have been conflicting reports in the music press as to exactly how the accident occured, however an eye witness … Continue reading

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David Bedford RIP

Composer, arranger and musician David Bedford passed away on 1st October 2011. He was 74… David started his recording career when he was asked to orchestrate Kevin Ayers’ 1969 Joy For A Toy album. He also played keyboards on the album and … Continue reading

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John Du Cann RIP

Former Atomic Rooster guitarist John (Du) Cann passed away today from a suspected heart attack. He was 61. Du Cann joined the band shortly after the release of their self titled debut and played in the “classic” period of Atomic … Continue reading

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