Category Archives: Obituaries

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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Neil Pepper RIP

Neil Pepper, affectionately known as ‘Big One’ to the band, has finally lost his battle against cancer. Throughout the whole of the last eighteen months or so and despite all the problems he suffered he always remained incredibly positive, showed … Continue reading

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Clive John RIP

Keyboard player and founding member of the Welsh band Man has passed away. Clive John lost his fight against emphysema on Friday 24th August. The following tribute has been posted on the Man website.

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Betty Thatcher Newsinger RIP

Renaissance lyricist Betty Thatcher Newsinger passes away… I received the news this afternoon that Betty Thatcher Newsinger died of cancer on August 15. I remember the first time I spoke with Betty, I was looking for a writing partner and … Continue reading

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