Mikey WELSH – R.I.P.

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E’ stato ritrovato senza vita sabato 8 ottobre in una stanza dell’albergo Rafaello di Chicago. Muore così il 40enne newyorkese Mikey Welsh (Michael Edward Welsh) ex bassista dei Weezer e di Juliana Hatfield. “Welsh joined the band after original bassist Matt Sharp’s departure in the late nineties. He performed live with the group during their summer 2000 tour, later playing on 2001’s acclaimed self-titled record, better to known to fans as The Green Album. It would prove to be Welsh’s only full-length effort with the group after reportedly suffering from a drug-induced mental breakdown, Welsh left the band and was replaced by current bassist Scott Shriner”. Sul proprio profilo Twitter la band di Rivers Cuomo lo ricorda così: “We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear the awful news. Our friend and fellow Weez rocker @mikeywelsh71 has passed away. We love u Mikey…”. Welsh si era praticamente ritirato dal mondo musicale dopo aver sofferto di un grave esaurimento nervoso all’indomani della dipartita (forzata) proprio dai Weezer. Si era quindi dedicato alla pittura con discreto successo. La causa del decesso dell’artista sembrerebbe da attribuirsi ad un’overdose di droga.

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