Tuesday, June 06, 2006

RIP Billy Preston

To the man many refer to as the real fifth Beatle, may you go 'round in circles, and may you fly high like a bird up in the sky.

Sadly, you may now return to nothing (from nothing). First up this week was keyboardist Vince Welnick, then keyboardist Billy Preston. I wonder which tickler's next on death's Bad Things Come in Threes list. Gregg Allman, you're on high fucking alert right now. Code Red.

Bonus Video: Here's a little video of the now-deceased Bill S. Preston, Esquire singing Get Back from the Sgt. Pepper movie. The audio doesn't quite sync up with the video, but considering Billy dances and flies and grins all wide, it's well worth your time.

11 Comments:

At 12:30 PM, Blogger ahren said...

you know that trey is hoping it's page.

but personally, i'm concerned for bernie worrell. and by "concerned," i mean "who wants to start a keyboardist death pool?"

 
At 12:59 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Ooooh, Bernie's a good call...he may very well soon have a date with the Great Woo Warrior in the Sky.

Page, bah, if that now happens, I'm coming to NM and strangling you with a phone cord.

 
At 1:54 PM, Anonymous HANDSTAND said...

Hasn't Merl Saunders been pretty sick for a while?

 
At 3:25 PM, Blogger jakezebra said...

Eddie Van Halen will die and everyone will be confused, but then "Jump" will play on the radio and it'll all make sense. God's Keyboard Curveball.

 
At 4:52 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Merl is sick? Whoa, didn't know that.

Zeebs, as usual, I have NO friggin' idea what you're talking abooot. But I might as well jump.

 
At 5:16 PM, Blogger jakezebra said...

Many metal fans gave Van Halen (the band) and more specifically Eddie Van Halen shit because of the use of keyboards on the album "1984" (keys most known on "Jump"). Eddie Van Halen wrote the music and played the keys and there was backlash from the metal community because keyboards aren't very "metal", i.e. shreddin' guitar solos are metal and keyboards are 'gay' cause they don't shred.

 
At 5:24 PM, Blogger dhodge said...

I may be outing myself as a total wuss, but "Jump" was probably my favorite jam for a while as wee lad due to the keyboard parts.

 
At 5:35 PM, Anonymous handstand said...

He was very sick a year or two back, but I think maybe is doing better now.

 
At 6:29 PM, Blogger ahren said...

i was debating whether or not to reveal this or not, but the guilt has gotten to be too much.

the day he died, my friend and i spent a good 86 minutes making fun of vince welnick, specifically with regard to his uselessness while he and hornsby teamed up and how he looked mostly like somebody's stoner uncle that walked on stage and started playing with the equipment and how it was all fun and games until you'd horrifyingly realize that jerry had passed off the estimated prophet solo to him and he was playing it with the "alto sax" on that damn fisher price synthesizer of his.

i'm fairly sure that vince somehow overheard us and died of embarrassment.

i always knew that my "i killed vince welnick and all i got was this lousy organ solo" t-shirt wold come in handy...

 
At 10:10 PM, Anonymous J$ said...

Bruce Hornsby's gotta be shitting a brick right about now.

 
At 9:41 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

"i killed vince welnick and all i got was this lousy organ solo" t-shirt

One for three, two for five?

J$, don't even joke about Hornsby going down...joke about others, but not Hornsby. He's above that.

 

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