Wednesday, August 20, 2008

"Celebrate We Will/ 'Cause Life is Short but Sweet For Certain..."

(Photo from the news article linked to below.)

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.


*aron* said...

oh no :( that is horrible news. i had no idea.

Chris said...

I guess at the concert DMB played last night they played all his favorite songs and told stories about him all the way through. So sweet.

shawnfmcgann said...

It always tough to hear about an artist who you enjoy and admire passes away. I remember feeling the same way when Saul Bellow died a few years ago. The good news is he's left a piece of himself behind in every song he played on. It a solace for his admirers, and a triumph for the life of LeRoi Moore.