Charlie Quintana – RIP

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Scompare all’età di 56 anni Charlie Gonzalo “Chalo” Quintana. Lo straordinario batterista texano (El Paso) lega il suo nome dal 2000 al 2009 ai Social Distortion (accompagna in tour anche Mike Ness), ma è solo una grande parentesi di una carriera che lo vede protagonista anche nella latino punk band dei The Plugz, nei californiani Cruzados e The Havalinas, nei Ju Ju Hounds di Izzy Stradlin, oltre che collaborare con John Doe (che oggi lo piange così: “Chalo, mi amigo, lo siento por tu familia. You were a friend, a great talent & will live in our hearts”), Bob Dylan, Cracker e Agent Orange.

“Many had tried to help Charlie Quintana in his time of need, while others turned their back on him at his darkest hour. He moved Mexico from the US where he cared for stray dogs and loved his new life. There are no words that will comfort those who loved him, and there are no words for those who made money off him and didn’t pay it back when he needed them”.