ROWLAND S. HOWARD – R.I.P.

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Ha perso la sua battaglia contro il cancro. E’ morto a 50 anni Rowland Stuart Howard, chitarrista australiano già nei Boys Next Door, che fonda con Nick Cave nel 1973, e che sette anni dopo diventeranno The Birthday Party. Un lungo sodalizio aristico con Cave che lo porterà anche nei Bad Seeds oltre a collaborare con un’infintà di artisti tra cui Lydia Lunch, Nikki Sudden, Jeremy Gluck, Kas Produkt, Barry Adamson, Einstürzende Neubauten, Chris Haskett, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Fad Gadget e Henry Rollins. Howard aveva annullato una decina di giorni fa alcune date a Melbourne e Sydney, proprio per il suo stato di salute precario. Il musicista era infatti in attesa di un trapianto di fegato. Ad ottobre aveva pubblicato il suo secondo album solista ‘Pop Crimes’, dieci anni dopo il debutto.

“Australia’s music scene has lost a true icon with the reported passing of Rowland S Howard today (December 30). While no official statement has been made by management, close friends of the guitarist have confirmed reports that he lost his ongoing battle with liver cancer at Melbourne’s Austin Hospital this morning…Howard, 50, was a former member of the Young Charlatans, The Boys Next Door (who later morphed into The Birthday Party) and These Immortal Souls. He penned ‘Shivers’, which became an underground hit for The Boys Next Door, and memorably dueted with Lydia Lunch on Lee Hazlewood’s ‘Some Velvet Morning’.”

Nick Cave: “This is very sad news. Rowland was Australia’s most unique, gifted and uncompromising guitarist. He was also a good friend. He will be missed by many.”

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