Sound City studio owner, Tom Skeeter, dies

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Tom Skeeter, owner of the legendary Sound City recording studio in California, has died. He was 82.

The studio issued an official statement on their Facebook page over the weekend, saying: “We lost our main man, Tommy Skeeter this week. Grateful to our Sound City Movie pals for introducing him to all of you. Thank you to all of the people who have stopped by the office to meet Tom in the past few years– he enjoyed the visits, and loved hearing how far people had come.”

Skeeter founded Sound City in 1969 with business partner Joe Gottfried. Based in an industrial park in Van Nuys, the studio was the recording location for a number of legendary albums, including Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush and Nirvana’s Nevermind.

Of course the studio – and its Neve 8028 analogue recording console – were the subject of Dave Grohl’s 2013 documentary film, Sound City. Whilst promoting the film, Grohl said of the studio that is was ” “…America’s greatest unsung recording studio. Deep in California’s sunburnt San Fernando Valley, it was the birthplace of legend. It was witness to history.”

The console now resides in Grohl’s own Studio 606, after he purchased it from Sound City when they shut their doors to commercial activity in 2011.

“I always had a strong connection to that studio because Nirvana wasn’t meant to be the biggest band in the world,” Grohl told Rolling Stone. “So when we went there for 16 days, we weren’t making that album with the intention that we were going to change the fuckin’ world. We just wanted it to sound good . . . The fact that what happened actually, happened, makes me think there’s something more than just wires and knobs in that place. Personally, I have a strong emotional connection to it.”

Rick Springfield, who worked with Skeeter and Gottfried for many years, posted a tribute on his Twitter feed. “Tom Skeeter (partner in Sound City Studios & my co-manager through the ’80s) has passed away. A southern gentleman. RIP Tom. xo Rick.”

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Primal Scream guitarist Rob Young dies

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Robert ‘Throb’ Young, former guitarist with Primal Scream, has died.

Young was a founding member of the band along with singer Bobby Gillespie in 1984.

Primal Scream came to prominence with their album Screamadelica in 1991, winning the inaugural Mercury Prize in the process.

Young left Primal Scream in 2006 to deal with what Gillespie described at the time as “problems in his personal life.”

Friends and fellow musicians have been paying tribute via social media, with Charlatans singer Tim Burgess writing on Twitter: “So sad to hear of the death of Rob ‘Throb’ Young… A real good un.”

Author Irvine Welsh wrote: “RIP Robert Young. One of the best, the most beautiful, who WAS rock n roll. Big love bro, give them it big time over the other side. #Throb”

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Deadlock drummer Tobias Graf dies at 35

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Former Deadlock drummer Tobias Graf has died at the age of 35.

Graf co-founded the melodic death metal group in 1997 and remained a member until April this year. He left the group citing a change in “life and priorities.”

Deadlock’s label, Lifeforce Records, have issued a statement saying: “Long-time dear friend Tobias has passed away. We can hardly express the sadness in our hearts. We wish his family all possible strength in these dark hours. Farwell Tobi – may you have a safe journey.”

The band released a double compilation album, The Re-Arrival, last month. Their last studio outing was 2012’s The Arsonist.

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Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison dies

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Survivior frontman Jimi Jamison has died. He was 63 years old.

Reports indicate the he was found by his son at home early on Monday morning, apparently having suffered a heart attack.

Jamison was best known as lead singer for Survivor, performing with the band on their most well known run of 80’s albums, including Vital Signs, When Seconds Count and Too Hot To Sleep.

As a solo performer, Jamison also penned and performed “I’m Always Here”, the theme tune to 90’s hit TV show Baywatch.

The band said in a statement: “Survivor is very shocked and saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his friends and family.”

A post on Jamison’s Facebook page said: “We are saddened and heartbroken to announce the passing of a great musician, loving father and grandfather, and overall extraordinary, giving and kindhearted human being.”

“He’s loved by so many and he will be incredibly missed by all. Please keep his family in your prayers and give them the privacy they need during this difficult time.”

You can watch the video of Survivor performing their hit single “Burning Heart” below:

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Drummer Rod de’Ath dies at the age of 64

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Rod de’Ath, former drummer for guitar legend Rory Gallagher’s band in the 1970s, has died at the age of 64.

The Welsh sticksman was brought in to Gallagher’s band to replace Wilgar Campbell who left the group in 1972. de’Ath appeared on five of Gallagher’s albums: Blueprint, Tattoo, Irish Tour ’74, Against The Grain and Calling Card.

Speaking via a statement on his official Facebook page, drummer Ted McKenna, who replaced de’Ath in Gallagher’s band in 1978, said: “I got the sad news earlier today that Rod de’Ath had passed away. I only met him a couple of times when I worked with Rory, but was delighted to meet him again in 2012 when, for the first time, Rod, Brendan O’Neil and I, three of Rory’s drummers, had all been together. Unfortunately, it was for another sad occasion when we gathered to pay our respects to Lou Martin. My thoughts are with his family, friends and those who knew him well.”

It is thought that de’Ath had been unwell for some time, having had to undergo surgery earlier this year, and that he passed away in his sleep.

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