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RIP Conway Savage
Christian Eede , September 3rd, 2018 13:00

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds pianist Conway Savage has died aged 58

Conway Savage, pianist for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, has died aged 58.

Savage was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year and passed away yesterday, a statement from the band confirms.

"A member of Bad Seeds for nearly 30 years, Conway was the anarchic thread that ran through the band's live performances," the statement reads. "He was much loved by everyone, band members and fans alike. Irascible, funny, terrifying, sentimental, warm-hearted, gentle, acerbic, honest, genuine – he was all of these things and quite literally 'had the gift of a golden voice', high and sweet and drenched in soul.

The statement concludes: "On a drunken night, at four in the morning, in a hotel bar in Cologne, Conway sat at the piano and sang Streets of Laredo to us, in his sweet, melancholy style and stopped the world for a moment. There wasn't a dry eye in the house. Goodbye Conway, there isn't a dry eye in the house."

Savage joined the band in 1990, last featuring on the 2013 album Push The Sky Away. As well as his contributions to the Bad Seeds' records, Savage also released a number of solo albums and collaborated with numerous other musicians.

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