Mazzy Star’s David Roback Dead at 61

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  1. micpoc

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    "David Roback—the producer and multi-instrumentalist who co-founded Mazzy Star alongside Hope Sandoval—has died, according to a representative for the band. A key figure in the Los Angeles Paisley Underground scene of neo-psychedelia in the 1980s, Roback also played in bands such as Rain Parade and Opal. He was 61 years old. The cause of death has yet to be announced."

    https://pitchfork.com/news/mazzy-stars-david-roback-dead-at-61/

     
  2. Norris Vulcan

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    A great shame.
     
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    I first learned about Mazzy Star from a Red Hot Chili Pepper's lyric.
     
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    RIP

     
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    Always sad when someone checks out that young. He also played guitar with Rain Parade:

     
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    I was a Rain Parade, then Opal, then Mazzy Star fan. He was still young.
     
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    Love Mazzy Star. RIP.
     
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    Sad news. RIP. He was responsible for some great music. He was in Rain Parade.





     
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    I had heard the name, but couldn't have named one song. Thanks for posting.
    RIP David.
     
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    Mazzy Star and Cowboy Junkies are two of my favorite bands... RIP David Roback...
     
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    Yep, I'm a Mazzy Star fan. RIP sir, too young indeed.
     
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    I just saw them in Ventura a year ago, something I never thought I would see again. One of my favorite guitarists. Beautifully tasteful playing. I always imagined the pickers around here would like his style & would occasionally post MS stuff. Ugh.

    He lived in Berkeley in the 90's (Hope too) and would occasionally come into the record store. Pretty stand off-ish, but a quiet not bother people sort of way.

    Just damn. This sucks. Keith Mitchell (drummer) just passed away a few years ago.

    They opened with this tune, 1 of many personal favorites. I let out an audible little schoolgirl gasp. I'd never heard them play it live.


     
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    Mazzy Star is one of those bands I remember distinctly where I was when I first heard them. I was driving my truck at work at like 2 AM, listening to WXRT. Blue Flower came on and my jaw dropped. It was so good, but on a personal note -- it sounded just like my own band, like the music I aspired to. By that I only mean -- I felt like my time as a musician had come.

    I was lucky enough to see Mazzy Star play live once, at the tiny club 7 South in Denver, must have been around '92 or '93. Mesmerizing to see them in a club that held a maybe a hundred people tops.

    A few years back when they released their reunion album I couldn't believe it, it was like twenty years had never happened, and it flooded me with feelings, memories, regrets, joys. They were a very very special band to me as a musician and a person. I hate to use the past tense in describing them.

    Rest in Peace.
     
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    One of my biggest influences as a guitarist, such a soulful player. Absolutely gutted.

    That's three of the 90s Mazzy Star line up gone before their time now.
     
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    Sad news indeed.
    The work that is enjoyed with the band Mazzy Star always came close lyrically and musically to how Leonard Cohen makes me feel. Sorry there won't be more music coming from him.
    Wonder if Sandoval has anything in the can that hasn't been released?
     
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    That's really awful news. I'm not too familiar with the bands work, but that is too early. RIP.
     
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    This was just added to their wiki page.

    "Live performances and new EP (2018–present)[edit]
    In June 2018, the band reunited for their first concerts in five years, performing on three consecutive nights at the Sydney Opera House as part of Vivid Live.[64] That same month, the band released an EP of new recordings titled Still. David Roback died on February 25, 2020, of metastatic cancer.[65]
     
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    Five String Serenade... :cool:

    R.I.P. :cry:
     
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    Sad sad news. I’m gonna put some Mazzy Star on my stereo tonight.
     
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    RIP David
     
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