Dave Riley (Big Black bass player) RIPWe are sad to hear that one our favourite bass players – Dave Riley from Big Black has finally succumbed to the cancer that he defied for so long at the age of 59.

the Chicago based musician was a key part of Steve Albini’s trio who changed the shape the of music with their drum machine driven shrapnel assault that was massively influential with Riley’s bass clank and grind being a key part of the trio’s sound.

Farewell Dave – Xmas day will now be about listening to your concise, heavy and genius bass lines.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.

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