I hate to bring bad news, but I hopped on my computer this morning and was scanning the news page I like to check out when I saw the headline "Dave Matthews Band sax player dies."
I really feel kind of sad.
LeRoi Moore had been in an ATV accident back in June. I hadn't realized this until I went to the concert a few weeks ago and saw he wasn't there. Jeff Coffin (who played with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, another amazing band I saw once back in the day at Dancin' in the District in Nashville) was playing in his place. When I got home, I found out what happened. Everything I read then said his conditions were improving. Apparently he had some complications yesterday and didn't pull through.
Read the news article I read here. The band has taken down their website and placed a memorial page to Leroi here.
Some people remember when John Lennon got shot. Others remember when a slew of musical artists died from drug overdoses. I suppose some people of my generation remember when 2Pac died. For me, this is a musician of MY generation. This is hands down, my all-time favorite band. Now they've lost one of the most amazing sax players I've ever heard.
I can't help but feel sad. It's unfortunate news about a band I know and love. I'm thankful I had the opportunity to see him rock out on the sax when I saw them play 3 times previously. I'm thankful that there are so many albums and live recordings that LeRoi played on. I know it will be a time of mourning for the rest of the band, but I'm hopeful that they'll honor him in a positive way and that they'll keep on playing. It just won't be quite the same without Leroi.