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|Posté le: Sam 6 Déc - 11:00 (2014) Sujet du message: deces de IAN MCLAGAN
|IAN MCLAGAN, 1945-2014
We were saddened earlier this week to learn that Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ian "Mac" McLagan died of a stroke. He was only 69 years old.
Working briefly with Bruce Springsteen was but one of many highlights in McLagan's amazing life and career. (And Mac remained a committed, lifelong musician to the end, dying on the day he was scheduled to begin a new tour with Nick Lowe.) Being a member of The Small Faces/Faces is what got him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but McLagan also did an enormous amount of studio and stage work with many other famous artists, including Billy Bragg, Bob Dylan, Melissa Etheridge, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt and The Rolling Stones.
As for Springsteen, McLagan was a featured keyboardist on several of his early-'90s recordings. Mac contributed hard-rocking organ and piano parts to Bruce's version of "Viva Las Vegas," the first official Springsteen recording released after Bruce ended his 1970s-'80s period of working only with the E Street Band in the studio. ("Viva Las Vegas" was originally released on the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy benefit album The Last Temptation of Elvis and later re-released on The Essential Bruce Springsteen.) Mac also played piano on "Real Man" from Human Touch and organ on "Leavin' Train," the Human Touch/Lucky Town-era outtake released on Tracks. His most moving contribution to a Springsteen track has to be his beautifully subtle gospel/soul-tinged Hammond B3 organ work on Lucky Town’s closing track, "My Beautiful Reward."
In the late '90s, McLagan first published his memoir All The Rage. A measure of just how interesting the story of his life and career is can be found in the fact that his session work with Springsteen got just a passing, one-page reference in the book. Springsteen biographer, critic, and E Street Radio personality Dave Marsh, a longtime close friend of McLagan, later wrote the foreword for the Billboard Books edition of All The Rage. "In the professional pop music world," wrote Marsh, "mere virtuosity is a cheap commodity because there’s so much of it around. What the best musicians look for is someone who combines chops with personality. Mac continually gets all these great gigs because he brings something special to them, and it's not just from his fingers but from his whole being."
In 2012, Steve Van Zandt inducted Ian McLagan and the other members of The Small Faces/Faces into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "For a bunch of guys who never took themselves too seriously," said Steve, "they made some of the most soulful, beautiful music anyone’s ever made."
"I just wanna say to the E Street Band: stay strong, remain emotionally open, stand together, and know that your millions of fans love you, and will always be grateful for what you’ve given us, whatever the future holds. I love you". SCOTT KEMPNER.