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  • Suicide's Alan Vega Passes Away At Age Of 78; Bruce Springsteen & Devon Welsh of Majikal Cloudz Pay Respects

    Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:01:44

    Suicide's Alan Vega Passes Away At Age Of 78; Bruce Springsteen & Devon Welsh of Majikal Cloudz Pay Respects -

    Alan Vega, most famously of Suicide, has passed away at the age of 78. The news was announced by Henry Rollins, who shared the note below from his website.

    "With profound sadness and a stillness that only news like this can bring, we regret to inform you that the great artist and creative force, Alan Vega has passed away.

    "Alan passed peacefully in his sleep last night, July 16. He was 78 years of age.

    "Alan was not only relentlessly creative, writing music and painting until the end, he was also startlingly unique. Along with Martin Rev, in the early 1970's, they formed the two person avant band known as Suicide. Almost immediately, their incredible and unclassifiable music went against every possible grain. Their confrontational live performances, light-years before Punk Rock, are the stuff of legend. Their first, self-titled album is one of the single most challenging and noteworthy achievements in American music.

    "Alan Vega was the quintessential artist on every imaginable level. His entire life was devoted to outputting what his vision commanded of him.

    "One of the greatest aspects of Alan Vega was his unflinching adherence to the demands of his art. He only did what he wanted. Simply put, he lived to create. After decades of constant output, the world seemed to catch up with Alan and he was acknowledged as the groundbreaking creative individual he had been from the very start.

    "Alan's life is a lesson of what it is to truly live for art. The work, the incredible amount of time required, the courage to keep seeing it and the strength to bring it forth—this was Alan Vega.

    "Alan is survived by his amazing family, wife Liz and son Dante. His incredible body of work, spanning five decades, will be with us forever.

    Rest in peace, Alan."

    A variety of artists have already come forward with statements about what Vega meant to them, including Bruce Springsteen who said the following: "Over here on E Street, we are saddened to hear of the passing of Alan Vega, one of the great revolutionary voices in rock and roll. The bravery and passion he showed throughout his career was deeply influential to me. I was lucky enough to get to know Alan slightly and he was always a generous and sweet spirit. The blunt force power of his greatest music both with Suicide and on his solo records can still shock and inspire today. There was simply no one else remotely like him."

    Majical Cloudz's Devon Welsh shared a previously unreleased song entitled "Me and Alan Vega." Read the lyrics and listen to the song below:

    Me and Alan Vega were moving through your mind
    I was born in 1988 those days were fine
    Now the year is 2011 boy we're having a time
    Fill your cup with diet soda think of Suicide

    Here we are young and undressed
    Water-filled eyes are unwept
    Take a small sip of my breath, younger, sober
    Count how many times I've touched you
    Does it really even help us?
    Do I even make you feel less empty, hungry?

    If I died and was born again would you be my bride?
    Would we meet as total strangers locked in hopeless lives?
    Now the year is 2011 boy we're having a time
    Feast your eyes on devastation
    Think of victimless crime

    Here we are young and sun-tanned
    Paranoid eyes, unknown lands
    Take a small sip of what they offer to you
    Count how many times you've loved one
    Was it real or was it just fun?
    Are these really faces you love, empty, hollow?

    Me and Alan Vega were moving through your mind
    I was born in 1988 those days were fine
    Now the year is 2011 boy we're having a time
    Fill your cup with diet soda think of Suicide

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    07.18.16

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