More awful news of rocker deaths: Tom Petty has died at 66. Here’s a quote from New York Daily News, citing TMZ (who actually have a pretty good track record on such matters:

(Petty) was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home, and was subsequently taken to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, where he ‘had no brain activity.’

Take a look at NYDN’s profile.

Right here.

And check out this classic SNL clip as introduced by Howard Hesseman.


Molly Hatchet founding member Dave Hlubek has died at 66. Hatchet guitarist Bobby Ingram shared the information on the band’s Facebook page:

It is with great sorrow to announce the passing of our beloved friend and band member Dave Hlubek. Amongst his many contributions to southern rock is ‘Flirtin’ with Disaster.’ He will be missed but never forgotten, as the music lives on through his legacy in Molly Hatchet.

Take a look at the post right here.

And check out an archive interview with the Jacksonville Times-Union right here.

Too many RIP posts around here. Now it’s Walter Becker, gone at 67. One half of the Steely Dan braintrust, he had recently missed shows due to a medical procedure. Pitchfork summarizes the band’s late career revival:

(A) series of personal trials and professional exhaustion caused their breakup in 1981. They eventually got back together in 1993, and have been touring ever since.

Read more right here.

And take a look at this article from Something Else that lays out “five instances where Walter truly shines on both Steely Dan and Becker solo records as much as the highly-touted session players who get all the glory for their hired-hand contributions.”


Jazz guitar legend John Abercrombie has died of heart failure at 72. He leaves behind a robust discography comprising dozens of adventurous fusion albums as a leader and collaborator. A note from the Ottawa Citizen:

Abercrombie had had health problems in recent years, including a stroke earlier this year. John died peacefully after a long illness at Hudson Valley Hospital outside of Peekskill, N.Y., in the presence of his family.

Read more and listen to some excellent playing at the Citizen.

Right here.

Glen Campbell’s health troubles have been well documented and his ultimate passing at 81 was not unexpected, but it stings nevertheless. Here are a couple of thoughts from The New Yorker:

He sang in a clear voice that was particularly well-suited to songs of compromise—anything that betrayed all the strange negotiations we allow in order to move deeper into the lives we want. His dexterity with a guitar—he is an agile, artful picker—never seemed to wane.

Dexterity is definitely one way to put it. Check out this compilation of often blistering, always tasteful solos:

Read more from the Times right here.

Well, this is shocking: Chris Cornell is dead at 52. A solo artist in his own right, Cornell was, of course, known as vocalist and guitarist for Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave. Here’s an excerpt from a statement Cornell’s representative gave CNN:

His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing. They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.

Read the full article right here.

Very sad to memorialize the exalted Allan Holdsworth who has died at 70. Early on the guitarist recorded with the likes of Tempest, Soft Machine, and The New Tony Williams Lifetime, but secured his place as a legend with solo albums like I.O.U. and Metal Fatigue. Holdsworth’s daughter Louise shared the following on Facebook:

We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, granddad, friend and musical genius. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing.

A known beer aficionado, presumably Allan would appreciate us raising a pint and enjoying this live reading of “Where is One.”

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