Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sad news to report: Caspian bassist Chris Friedrich has died

Caspian bassist Chris Friedrich is pictured (second from right) with fellow band mates "Caspian"

It is no secret to readers of this blog that Caspian is one of my favorite bands.  It was with great shock and sadness today to read that bassist Chris Friedrich had passed away.  The bands heartfelt note to fans on facebook today:

Dear Friends,
We write to you today with heavy hearts and indescribable sadness to tell you that our bass player, Chris Friedrich, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon. We have lost a close friend, a true brother, and a presence that can never be replaced in any of our lives. Chris epitomized the heart and soul of Caspian, and in our own ways — both individually and collectively — dedicate ourselves to honoring his memory. We ask for privacy. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

We will be paying tribute this Saturday (8/31) to Chris by performing at The Engine Room in Manchester, NH. This is a benefit show for a friend of Chris’s who is seeking funding for a lung transplant. Chris was instrumental in putting this show together, and is the only way we know how to honor his memory at this time. You can find more information in our events section for this performance.
         We love you all so very much.

Over the years I've personally got to know the guys and each and every one is a true professional.  Drentched in sweat after a set and tearing down their gear they'd always stop and say Hi or thank you for coming or listening.  They are an easy band to root for.

My heart is heavy for his family his band mates and his fans.  He was a really nice guy.  Not that the bands music is ever very far away from me but today they will get even more attention. 

He's brought me great joy for a lot of years, he will be missed.  Rest in peace Chris.