Thursday, December 04, 2014

Ian McLagan 1945 -- 2014

From the BBC:

Ian McLagan, keyboard player for the Small Faces and the Faces, has died aged 69, due to complications from a stroke suffered earlier this week.

"It is with great sadness and eternal admiration that we report the passing of [a] rock and roll icon," read a statement on his official website.

McLagan, known as Mac, played on such memorable Small Faces tracks as Lazy Sunday and Itchycoo Park in the 1960s.

The band became the Faces when Rod Stewart and Ron Wood joined in 1969.

McLagan went on to record and perform with the Rolling Stones and also worked with Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

The Hounslow-born musician was about to embark on a North American tour, supporting label mate Nick Lowe, at the time of his death in his adopted home town of Austin, Texas.

"I am completely devastated by this shocking news and I know this goes for Ronnie and Rod as well," said Small Faces and Faces member Kenney Jones.

As I've said here on far too many occasions, this death shit is really starting to piss me off.


Blue Ash Fan said...

My all-time favorite pianist and a truly lovely guy. I had the pleasure of meeting him on several occasions, the last just in October, and he was as nice as you thought he was. Celebrity deaths don't usually affect me, but this one is hard. Death can fuck itself, frankly.

And this just one day after Bobby Keys left us. No more weeks like this one, please.

RIP, Mac. You will be missed.

steves said...

RIP Ian...a terrific keyboardist and a blokes's bloke.

Btw, did you ever tell us what the backstory was behind that photo? Curious minds want to know. (hope you're feeling better.)

steve simels said...

Reader, friend of PowerPop and all around swell guy Phil Chese runs sort of musicians salons from time to time. Mostly with up and coming young artists,as in below.

I don't know exactly how he knew Mac, but he has a habit of photo-ing the musicians with a certain CD, which I am forever grateful for