The pain and suffering that bands have to go through is something we’ve seen with the recent passing of fellow bandmate Jonny Greenwood.
The singer-guitarist passed away on Monday at the age of 69, leaving behind his wife Carol, their three children and a growing family of six.
“The pain and the suffering of the loss of a close friend is a huge loss for me, his family, and our fans,” he wrote on Twitter in 2016.
“It was with a heavy heart that I told my fans this week that I was taking time to reflect on the years of loss and grief I had endured.
I also wanted to say that it was the music that made me feel safe, strong, and capable of performing again.”
The singer’s words are no surprise to those who have watched his career evolve, but his final performance was one of the most moving he’s ever delivered.
“My heart goes out to the Greenwood family,” he said in a statement.
“I was very proud to play with them for the last time in the early 1980s.
They were my best friends and I will miss them dearly.”
His last shows in concert were at the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, which saw him play just two shows.
“He played two shows last year and his wife and three children were all in hospital, so it was a really sad and sad time for us all,” said the band’s bassist, Nicky James.
“In some ways, it was devastating, because we had been working so hard and we had our plans to make a comeback. “
“But it also felt good because I had some great memories of playing with him.” “
The news was made public on the band Facebook page last Friday, but it wasn’t until Monday that the band announced the news via their official website. “
But it also felt good because I had some great memories of playing with him.”
The news was made public on the band Facebook page last Friday, but it wasn’t until Monday that the band announced the news via their official website.
“When we got word of Jonny’s passing, I just couldn’t get it out of my mind,” guitarist Steve Howe told Billboard.
“To be honest, I was devastated too.
But the thing that hit me when I got that call was that it felt like we had come full circle.”
Jonny left behind an extraordinary legacy, with hits such as “Crazy Love”, “The Greatest Love Song” and “The Only One” to his name, and he was well known for his eclectic musical style.
“Jonny was always a bit of a weirdo,” guitarist Nicky said.
“Sometimes he’d sing about things in his head that were really dark and scary, and other times he’d have really light, beautiful, fun songs.”
The death of the former frontman was not unexpected to fans of the band, but they are still reeling from the loss.
“His music has touched us so much, it’s made us who we are,” Howe added.
“There was no one we could relate to like Jonny.
He’d sing a lot of his songs in the shower, and we’d all sit on the bathroom floor and sing along. “
Some people say he wasn’t a great singer, but we all heard it in the songs.
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If there’s one thing that we could all take away from him, it would be: he didn’t need to die, and I hope he’s in the right place now.”
Check out our guide to the best new music coming out this week on our new Spotify playlist.