Faces’ keyboard player Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan dies

Ian Mac McLagan

The Faces keyboard player Ian ‘Mac’ MacLagan has died after suffering a stroke. He was 69.

MacLagan had been due to begin a tour of the USA with Nick Lowe this week. He lived in Austin, Texas for the last 20 years and often played in the area with his Bump Band.

His manager said in a statement yesterday evening: “It is with great sadness and eternal admiration that we report the passing of rock’n’roll icon Ian McLagan. He died today surrounded by family and friends due to complications from a stroke suffered the previous day.

“His persona and gift of song impacted the music across oceans and generations. Ian’s artistry, generosity and warmth of spirit touched countless other musicians and music fans around the world. His loss will be felt by so many.”

Tributes have been pouring in from friends and colleagues.

Doug Anderson, a friend and venue owner in Austin said: “Without any exaggeration, Mac was the kindest, most humble and pleasant person I’ve worked with – and yet he was a legend. He hung out with us all day, then stayed up until 4am. He had a lot of great stories.”

The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood said via Facebook: “God bless Bobby and Mac”, referring to Rolling Stones saxophone player Bobby Keys who also died earlier this week.

Billy Bragg said: “I have lost a dear friend and British rock has lost one of its greatest players.”

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Soil man McCombs recovering after suffering stroke

Ryan McCombs Soil

Ryan McCombs, frontman with Soil and formerly of Drowning Pool, is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke.

In an update on his Facebook page McCombs has said that he has been able to eat and drink something for the first time since being hospitalised at the weekend. He also thanks his girlfriend Izzi for her quick actions in seeking medical attention.

“Just passed some tests that allowed me to have some food and water. First since Sunday,” he wrote.

“I have been hospitalized after having a stroke in my sleep Sunday night. Thanks to Izzi making me go to the hospital Monday morning, we caught it before my stupid brain made too much of a mess of me.”

“I’m already doing better but I’m warned it’ll be a bit of a road. The Angry Hobbit is a stubborn prick and I believe shit will right itself in no time. I mean hell, my stupid dumb right hand only made me take 15 minutes to write this…seriously.

“In great hands here and Izzi is keeping a protective eye.”

The band had just wrapped up touring on a bill with American Head Charge and Hed PE.

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Clarence Clemons Suffers Stroke

Clarence Clemons, legendary saxophone player with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has suffered a stroke. The musician is reportedly “seriously ill” but is said to be in “a stable and responsive” condition.

Clemons, 69, has undergone two knee replacements and spinal fusion surgery in the past year and has now had two brain operations. He last played with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in December 2010 in Asbury Park. He also features on two songs from Lady Ga Ga’s new album, Born This Way.

An official statement from Bruce Springsteen posted to his official website reads:

“By now, many of you have heard that our beloved comrade and sax player Clarence Clemons has suffered a serious stroke. While all initial signs are encouraging, Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again. He has his wonderfully supportive wife, Victoria, excellent doctors and health care professionals, and is surrounded by friends and family.

I thank you all for your prayers and positive energy and concern. This is a time for us all to share in a hopeful spirit that can ultimately inspire Clarence to greater heights.”