Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Leroi Moore and Phil Guy R.I.P.

LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, died on Tuesday from complications stemming from an ATV accident he suffered in June. One of the best concerts I ever saw was The Dave Matthews Band in Vancouver. The band is partly known for their incredible jam concerts comparable to the Grateful Dead for fan loyalty and enjoyment.

The Dave Matthews band formed in 1991 in Charlottesville, according to their website, when vocalist/guitarist Matthews tapped Moore and drummer Carter Beauford -- both accomplished jazz musicians in the local Charlottesville music scene -- to help record some songs Matthews had written. Since then, according to the RIAA, Dave Matthews Band has sold over 31 million units in the U.S., putting them in the Top 100 highest-selling music acts of all time.

Phil Guy died Wednesday morning at Saint James Hospital in Chicago Heights. He played backup for his brother Buddy and also fronted his own band, Phil Guy and the Chicago Machine. We saw Phil Guy just this past year one night for a fun evening at Kingston Mines. His brother Buddy Guy was also in the audience.

Buddy Guy has been on tour. He is flying home tonight to be with family members. (ABC)

This has been a rough couple weeks for loss of some incredible performers as can be found by posts on many blogs: I am sad when I think of Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes, and Pervis Jackson.


Bridget Jones said...

Thanks for this post, CM. It's been an awful year for music and the arts in general.


Joy Renee said...

what a loss! I love the Dave Matthews Band.

thanx for visiting.

from scanning down your front page i can see your summer has been full and adventurous.

pjazzypar said...

Wow! It's just a sad time for musicians. The Dave Matthew Band is the bomb. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of their great horn player. I saw Buddy Guy on this special dedicated to the blues and I learned that he was a mentor to Jimi Hendrix.

Oh yeah Candy. I got your email. If you and Stagg are ever down Dallas way I would be offended if you didn't get in touch. They have a Steely Dan cover band that is literally to die for.

X. Dell said...

As we've been noting on Pjazzy and Malcolm's boards, this just hasn't been a great year for venerable entertainers.