We lost two of the industry’s greats this week. Ian McLagan of The Faces and saxophonist for The Rolling Stones, Bobby Keys.
Ian McLagan was a member of the Small Faces who went on to enlist Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood and became The Faces. Ian passed away in Austin on the 4th of December at the age of 69 after suffering a stroke.
A statement at Ian’s official website reads:
“It is with great sadness and eternal admiration that we report the passing of rock and roll icon Ian McLagan. Ian was a member of the Small Faces and Faces and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. He died today, December 3, 2014, surrounded by family and friends in his adopted hometown of Austin, TX, due to complications from a stroke suffered the previous day. He was 69 years old. His manager Ken Kushnick says, ‘He was a beloved friend to so many people and a true rock n roll spirit. His persona and gift of song impacted the music across oceans and generations.’
Ian’s artistry, generosity and warmth of spirit touched countless other musicians and music fans around the world. His loss will be felt by so many.”
Bobby Keys was the long serving saxophone player for the Rolling Stone. Keys, who toured as a member of the band that recently rocked Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley died in rural Tennessee at age 70 after battling cirrhosis.
If you cant picture the man himself, you would remember his licks on the Rolling Stones albums Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street.
"Another good bye to another good friend" I will miss you, Bobby. pic.twitter.com/yqGG9YWH0r
— Keith Richards (@officialKeef) December 2, 2014
The Rolling Stones are devastated by the loss of their very dear friend and legendary saxophone player, Bobby Keys… pic.twitter.com/mPWcVddiUr
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) December 2, 2014