You know I'm a fan of the Dave Matthews Band. Devastating news for the band and it's fans today is that founding member and saxophonist LeRoi Moore died yesterday afternoon, August 19, due to complications resulting from a serious motorcar accident near his Charlottesville ranch at the end of June. From the band's website:
We are deeply saddened that LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, August 19, 2008, at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles from sudden complications stemming from his June ATV accident on his farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. LeRoi had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin an intensive physical rehabilitation program.
Dave Matthews paid tribute to LeRoi on August 19, 2008 at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA after the first song "Bartender." "We all had some bad news today," Matthews told the sell-out crowd. "Our good friend LeRoi Moore passed on and gave his ghost up today and we will miss him forever." Fans then shouted Moore's name in tribute.
Personally and rather selfishly, I'm really sad I never had the chance to see the (original) band play live, but I look forward to seeing how they will reinvent and renew themselves, in celebration of the fantastic musician and human being that LeRoi was.
Rest peacefully dude.
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