Late Night FDL: All Right Now
Over the past week we’ve lost three Rock icons, R.I.P Andy, Bruce and Mike…!
Free’s Andy Fraser…
Bassist Andy Fraser, who co-wrote Free’s 1970 hit All Right Now, has died in California aged 62.
The musician died on Monday and he had been fighting cancer and Aids, according to an official statement regarding his death.
The Riverside County coroner said the cause of death was not yet known and remains under investigation.
The London-born musician became a founding member of the British group when he was just 15.
He wrote most of the his material with Free lead singer Paul Rodgers, who went on to front bands Bad Company and The Firm.
“A survivor of both cancer and Aids, Andy was a strong social activist and defender of individual human rights,” the statement read.
“He leaves behind his daughters Hannah and Jasmine Fraser, and their mother Ri, his sister Gail, brothers Gavin and Alex, and many friends and associates in the industry.”
Molly Hatchet’s Bruce Crump…
Original Molly Hatchet drummer Bruce Crump has died at the age of 57.
No details of the stickman’s death have been revealed. The band say: “Condolences are sent from the entire Molly Hatchet organisation to the family of Bruce Crump. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time. God Bless.”
Memphis-born Crump played on Molly Hatchet’s biggest albums, including the self-titled 1978 debut and the following year’s Flirtin’ With Disaster. He had two spells with the group, first leaving in 1982 before returning from 1984 to 1990 when he left for the final time.
And Toto’s Mike Porcaro…
Toto bassist Mike Porcaro has died after a struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 59.
Bandmate and brother Steve confirmed the news, saying: “Mike passed away peacefully in his sleep at 12:04am last night at home surrounded by his family. Rest in peace, my brother.”
He was forced to retire from touring with the band in 2007 as a result of his illness, also known as motor neurone disease, which causes muscle wasting. The band continued to list him as a permanent member while original bassist David Hungate took his place on the road.
Mike joined brothers Steve and Jeff in Toto in 1984, and remained until his retirement. The band – minus Jeff, who died in 1992 – split in 2008 but regrouped in 2010 to provide support after the bassist’s disease was announced in public. He’d been in a wheelchair since 2012.
What’s on your mind tonite…?