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Legendary Bassist Tim Bogert Has Passed Away (1944-2021)

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Though I hate sharing bad news with the readership, I am afraid that I am tasked with bringing up the sad truth that the legendary bassist Tim Bogert has passed away. I saw the news circulating across the Facebook Pages of his former bandmates and a statement from Carmine Appice follows the image.

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From Carmine Appice: My true friend Tim Bogert died today. He was like a brother to me. He was my friend for over 50 years. Tim was a one of a kind bass player. He inspired many, many bass players worldwide. He was as masterful at shredding as he was holding down a groove, and Tim introduced a new level of virtuosity into rock bass playing. No one played like Tim. He created bass solos that drove audiences to a frenzy every time he played one. And he played a different solo every night. He was the last of the legendary 60’s bass players. Tim was a very intelligent person. So intelligent that we would call him “Spock”. You could ask him anything and he would know something about it. I loved Tim like a brother. He will be missed very much in my life. I will miss calling him, cracking jokes together, talking music and remembering the great times we had together, and how we created kick-ass music together. Perhaps the only good thing about knowing someone close to you is suffering a serious illness, is you have an opportunity to tell them that you love them, and why you love them. I did that, a lot. I was touched to hear it said back to me. Nothing was left unsaid between us and I’m grateful for that. I highly recommend it. Rest in peace, my partner. I love you. See you on the other side.

Bogert stepped back from the live music scene about a decade or so ago and find his music delivered going forward by Pete Bremy in both Vanilla Fudge and in Cactus for a time. Tim was battling cancer for a number of years and was 76 years old at the time of his passing. On behalf of the Media Command HQ we wish Tim’s family the deepest of condolences on his passing. Thank you Tim for such powerful notes. I wish I had been able to see you live in concert more than I had gotten to. Your melodies will live on forever on numerous records and you will forever remain an inspiration to anyone who decides to make the bass their instrument. May you Rest In Peace.

Official Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Bogert

This Just In: Bassist/Vocalist Marko Hietala Exits Nightwish

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Dear people. I am leaving Nightwish and my public life.

For a quite a few years now I haven’t been able to feel validated by this life. We have streaming company big guns demanding 9/5 work from artists of inspiration while unfairly sharing the profits. Even among the artists. We’re the banana republic of the music industry. Biggest tour promoters squeeze percentages even from our own merchandise while paying dividends to Middle East. Apparently some theocrasies can take the money from the music that would get you beheaded or jailed there without appearing as hypocrites. Just a couple of examples here.

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Legendary Bassist Jack Bruce Has Passed Away (10/25/2014)

With great levels of musical sadness I must share the news that the legendary bassist of the band Cream, Mr. Jack Bruce has passed away at age 71. The news broke earlier today and has really hit the music scene hard.

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To say that Jack Bruce was an influential musician to scores of bassists and even guitarists would be an understatement. Over the years of my own musical interests, I found the contributions that Cream gave to the world super inspiring and just solid not only in terms of the drumming of Ginger Baker but with the powerful and smooth backbone that was the bass work of Mr. Bruce. He truly could drive the music forward with his skills. In the end it would be liver disease that took him from us and we wish the deepest of condolences to his family, band mates from over the years and his wordl wide fans. Thanks for the music Mr. Bruce, clearly Johnny Winter now has the ultimate bass player jamming with him in that great gig in the sky.

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Chi Cheng of The Deftones Has Passed Away (4/13/2013)

Late last night I arrived home to the news reports that bassist Chi Cheng of The Deftones had passed away at age 42. The musician was involved in a terrible car accident in 2008 that left him in a semi-conscious state and while there were slight improvements to his condition over the years, in the end he lost the fight and has left this plane.

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The band has not yet made a statement about this, but Chi’s Mother has left the following on the website that kept everyone up to date on his condition “Our dearest Family, This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emegency room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear. He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi’s son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go. With great love and “Much Respect!” Mom J (and Chi)”
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Slipknot’s Paul Gray Has Died: R.I.P #2 (5/24/2010)

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The PiercingMetal command was saddened to learn of the death of Slipknot’s bassist Paul Gray this morning, according to Bravewords.com the musician was found in an Iowa hotel room yesterday.  He was only 38 years of age.  No cause of death has yet been disclosed by authorities not has the band made an official statement outside of changing their website splash page to feature a photo of him onstage during their last tour.  Whatever the case may be in this, it is certain that his family, friends and fans will miss him very much. This was too young an age to leave us I will say that much.
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