With the passing of David Bowie this week, I’m reminded that we’ve long since entered the time in which heroes from the rock era start passing away from natural causes (as opposed to the premature-by-far ODs and such). Of the musician deaths of which I’m aware in 2015, Chris Squire is the only one I can claim to have met and interviewed. But I’ve written about and/or seen several others in concert. All are missed.
- Chris Squire – I interviewed the Yes bassist in 2011.
- Ornette Coleman – I had the privilege of seeing the jazz legend onstage in 2007, and reviewed a reissue of his 1958 LP Something Else!!!! in 2011.
- BB King – I’ve reviewed one of his last releases, One Kind Favor, in 2008, reviewed the BB King Live in Africa concert DVD in 2009, reviewed a live album reissue that same year, and covered The Life of Riley biopic in 2015.
- Edgar Froese – I saw him onstage with Tangerine Dream at 2011’s Moogfest.
- Daevid Allen – I See You, Gong‘s last album with Daevid Allen is a really good one.
- Michael Brown – The Left Banke never got the recognition they deserved. Neither did Stories, another group with Brown’s involvement.
- Preston Ritter – A key member of The Electric Prunes in their heyday, Ritter passed away this year. He was briefly involved in the recording of their latest album.
- Cynthia Robinson – I was fortunate enough to see the trumpet player a couple of years ago with The Family Stone. Of course Sly wasn’t there, but they were still great.