Saturday, August 14, 2010

Richie Hayward R.I.P.

The great original drummer for Little Feat, Richie Hayward, died on Thursday of liver cancer, he was 64 years old.  He was a tremendous drummer, and I got to see him play a few times, most recently up close at Mexicali Live in Teaneck a few years ago (also saw LF in their 1st show back after Lowell George died, at JazzFest in 1988).  During set break at the Mexicali show while I was walking outside to get some air I bumped into Hayward right outside the door by the side of the stage.  He looked old and weathered, lines all over his a true road warrior.  It was strange, here was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in a small nightclub in Teaneck, NJ, just doing his thing.  Drums and percussion were(are) a huge part of Little Feat's music, with the New Orleans style syncopation that's present in their best tunes, and Hayward played all the parts well.  He was an integral part of an amazing band and will be missed.  

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