Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen’s “Big Man”, has passed away. On June 12th, Clarence suffered a stroke, seemed to improve, but couldn’t recover. Known for his blistering saxophone solos, Clarence also worked with Jackson Browne, Aretha Franklin, Ringo Starr, and even dove into acting. Clarence is survived by four sons.
Former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr has passed away. He was reportedly found dead at his residence early afternoon on March 8th. Mike was 44 years of age. Best known for his bass work with Alice in Chains, he left the band in 1993. Mike’s passing is second to the band’s original lead singer Layne Staley. Alice In Chains is currently taking a break after touring hard on their latest album “Black Gives Way To Blue”.
Drummer and founding member of “Little Feat”, Richie Hayward losses his battle against pneumonia and lung disease. Formed in 1969, “Little Feat” has continued to work their music on the road and in the studio. Richie’s last performance with the band was July 11th, 2010 at Vancouver Island Music Festival.
Actor Dennis Hopper has passed away at the age of 74. No Steppenwolf fan can hear “Born to Be Wild” without visualizing Dennis and Peter cruising down highway in the 1969 movie “Easy Rider”. Getting first recognition in “Rebel Without A Cause”, Dennis made a career in Hollywood despite early difficulties.