I've officially lost 2 friends to covid now. One was an enormous biker guy named "Big Tim", who had just moved to Florida. I'm just guessing he was about 30. Yesterday one of our old bass players died. He wasn't a big guy, probably in his 50s. He already had a lung disease that none of us knew about, then he got covid, which turned into pneumonia. They put him on a ventilator and had him heavily sedated. It all became too much for him.
His name was Eric England. It had probably been about 3 years since he worked with us. There are videos of him working with us but they're kind of hard to find and don't usually feature him very prominently. After he left the band, he more or less went into seclusion. He did work at a company that made electronic products, but then he'd go home and lock himself away in a little home recording studio and did little more than record music and play video games. It's all the more ironic that someone who led such a reclusive life would get Covid and die from it. Of course, if he hadn't already had another lung disease, it may not have been a real problem. Either way, it's just kind of a jaw-dropping shock. John
Hi John Sorry for the losses of your former bandmate and friend I remember the post you made about loss of Big Tim there just isn't much going on in Knoxville which is why I haven;t been posting much and be safe in the snow I watch the weather channel so I know you are getting hit with it I hope Peggy and David and Donna are all ok and safe from it too. Knoxville is supposed to get wind up to 60mph and around a inch of rain Smoky mountains may get some snow. Cats and me are all good Claire is really doing well eating good but seems a little thin but she is getting up in years as is Joy. Went to a Kenny Wayne Shephard concert tuesday and was really impressed with his playing didn't really know songs of his but do have 2 cd's he did with a band called the Rides with Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg that were good and had heard Blue on Black song he played Voodoo Chile really good and girl named Ally Venable was the opener she covered a instrumental song of Stevie Ray Vaughn's I didn't reconize it but she was good too Later Tim
Somebody else took this pic of Kenny but it was at the show I was at Feb 15 2022 at the Bijou Theatre. Tim
Hi John, Sorry about Eric. I am guessing he was not married being so reclusive and a game player? Having a lung disease and then pneumonia, ouch. Ihave a friend in FLorida in end stage COPD and she caught COVID a few months ago, but seems to have managed to fight it off and is still recovering, though it has left her lungs worse for the wear. I hope Eric was not in much pain or scared in the end. I"ll say a prayer for him.
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Yes, Eric had been married for 31 years and had 2 adult kids. Everybody took it pretty hard, and Eric was one of those people that most people really liked. The little recording studio he'd lock himself away in was like a "tiny house" separate from his real house. I couldn't say how much time he spent out there. I do know he did a lot of gaming and loved to talk about it on those long rides home together from Kansas City.
I suppose I'm a lot the same way. Cheri and I go out to dinner often but other than when I have to play, I don't usually get out much and spend huge chunks of my time right here on the computer. That also means though, that we're usually sitting about 2 feet apart unless one or the other is asleep. She's always out of bed hours before I am and the first thing I do every morning is grab a cup of orange juice, sit down next to her and check into Cool Cyber Cats.
Tim, I just almost never get to see anyone else playing and I'll forever be kicking myself for not catching Mike Nesmith's last show in Kansas City. I don't know a lot of Kenny Wayne Sheperd's stuff either, except "Blue On Black". I've played "Voodoo Chile" a lot of times but I don't that much like doing it as I really never quite captured Jimi Hendrix's sound.
Eric makes 2 good musical friends I've lost in the last month. Another was a guitarist/singer that I used to tour on the road with decades ago, but he lived here in town and I'd see him once in a while. His death had nothing to do with Covid. Last August I found out that the drummer we both worked with had died of cancer. It's hard to wrap my head around the idea of these people simply not existing anymore. I've been in the band I'm in right now for 22 years, and in that time, 6 former members have died of various reasons from a car wreck, a motorcycle wreck, heart ailments, etc. None of those who have died however, were still in the band at the time. The vast majority of people I work with burn out on a fairly consistent average of 2 years. We work more than anyone I know of which really helps financially, but it really is a lot of work. John