Thread: RIP Vince Welnick

MuleMe - 6/3/2006 at 01:37 AM

The last keyboard player for the GD has passed....met Vince a few times at MSG while working security...a kind and humble soul...he had his demons just like everybody else in the Dead...."may the four wind blow you safely home"


abfan4004 - 6/3/2006 at 02:25 AM

R.I.P. Vince.


wadeemmett - 6/3/2006 at 03:38 AM

I never saw the Dead with any other keyboardist other than Vince except when Bruce joined in one night in Charlotte on the last Spring tour. The keyboard seat was always a strange area for the Dead. I recall many a playful, groaning comment by friends (myself included) at Dead shows in the late 90's when Vince's tunes would come up - just one notch of love above Bobby's 'Easy Answers' or 'Corinna'. In recent years though, when listening to shows from that era of the band, I realize there were some really great moments of band interplay on Vince's tunes. R.I.P Vince indeed.......'any which way you are tempted to roam, it's a long, long, long way to go home'


johnwott - 6/3/2006 at 03:39 AM

Not to mention his stint with the Tubes saw them with him a few times.


RIP Vince


UNCLEJON75 - 6/3/2006 at 08:17 AM

I just got the news of Vince passing a couple of hours ago. I am truely saddened by this tragic news. Vince was a very talented musician that never really got the respect that he very well deserved. It was shame that he was never invited to join the "survivng members" onstage in the past few years........HELL, he was hand-picked by Jerry himself!

I was lucky enough to catch him with the band, Gent Treadly in Wilmington, NC last year. Only about 15-20 folks came to the show! But, Vince put on a performance as if he was playing in front of a crowd of thousands. That night, he played with a passion and enthusiasm that revelled any Ratdog show that I have ever been to! During the setbreak, I spoke with him and told him I was sorry for the turn out for that evening.....but, I was glad that I made the 2 & a 1/2 hour journey to see him. He gave me a big grin & a hug and invited me to come backstage after the second set. Afterwards, I ended up hanging out with Vince & the rest of the guys for a couple of hours. He was one of the coolest cats that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and chilling with. Later on, we even communicated a few times via email.

I know in my heart that Vince has gone on to be with Jerry once again. Rest in peace, my brother...you will be sorely missed.


OldSchool - 6/3/2006 at 01:12 PM

RIP Vince

Grateful Dead keyboard player Vince Welnick dies
By Sara Wykes
Mercury News

Vince Welnick, 55, who played keyboards with the Grateful Dead for five years before the death of band founder Jerry Garcia, died Friday.

Sonoma County sheriffs said he was taken, injured, from his home in rural Forestville near Santa Rosa, to a local hospital.

He died there, police said.

An unofficial spokesman at the Welnick home said, ``It looks like he took his own life.'' But that is not known for sure, he said. ``The family is very grieved, and trying to figure it all out.''

Welnick arrived in San Francisco in 1971 from his hometown of Phoenix, Ariz., already a keyboardist with a group called the Beans. The Beans became the Tubes and in 1983 their song ``She's a Beauty'' was a hit.

Welnick played with Todd Rundgren after the Tubes broke up, and in 1990, was invited to try out for the Dead.

Welnick told an interviewer with the Vermont Review that the tryout was exciting. Before he played, the band sent him tapes and CDs, but he didn't have a CD player. He practiced in the hayloft of his barn and then waited for two weeks before he heard he was in.

``That fact that I screamed a lot as a child paid off and got me into the Grateful Dead,'' he told the paper. At his first concert with the band, a sound man jumped on his piano seat to test his microphone and broke the seat into 100 hundred pieces, Welnick said.

``I was somewhat paralyzed playing at first. I remember . . . thinking to myself: `Come on fingers, let's get unstuck. Let's get loose here.' Then I heard this ripple in the audience and there was a kid who yelled, `Welcome Brother Vince!' and there were stickers that said, `Yo Vinnie' stuck to the side of my keyboard. The crowd was very forgiving.''

He told the interviewer that he'd never seen the likes of such music, friendship and spirit and did not know if he ever would again.

As a member of the Dead, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He was scheduled to play the House of Blues in Chicago later this month, according to a Web site devoted to his career.


Krishna - 6/3/2006 at 02:08 PM

From Barn Rats & the Grateful Dead's Official Website:

The wheel is turning almightily fast. Life is loss, but our times have turned sorrowful indeed.
It is with very heavy hearts that we must tell you that Vince Welnick passed away today, June 2, 2006.
His service to and love for the Grateful Dead were heart-felt and essential. He had a loving soul and a joy in music that we were lucky to share. We grieve especially for his widow Lori, his sister Nancy, and the rest of his family.

Our Grateful Dead prayer for the repose of his repose of his spirit:

May the four winds blow him safely home.


rdj4 - 6/3/2006 at 02:45 PM

Fare thee well, Vince!


JTuna - 6/3/2006 at 03:45 PM

Vince passing on is such a drag. Myfriends have hooked up with Vince and the band for many years. My friend has video taped them many times and has enjoyed the band and Vince every time they see each other.

I was lucky to have seen Vince with the Tubes(1985), Todd Rundgren(1990), Grateful Dead(1990-1995), and Missing Formation (with Steve Kimock, 1997). He was always upbeat and added a lot to the spirit of the music.

My positive are with you Vince and your family. Charliie


OldDirtRoad - 6/3/2006 at 05:19 PM




R.I.P. Vince............


Krishna - 6/3/2006 at 06:58 PM


Get this video and more at MySpace.com


nypeachhead - 6/3/2006 at 06:59 PM

RIP Vince. man what is up with that spot in the band


EddieP - 6/3/2006 at 07:11 PM

Very Very sad news indeed...RIP Vince.







[Edited on 6/3/2006 by EddieP]


Terrapintom - 6/3/2006 at 09:30 PM

I had met Vince a couple of times and found him to be one heck of a nice guy. I asked him about his tenure with the Grateful Dead and he replied how he was honored to be chosen to play in such a legendary band. His love and enthusiasm for the music along with his talent must have been obvious to Jerry when he was tagged to replace Brent. Bruce Hornsby made it clear to the members of the GD that his presence was temporary while Vince got comfortable in the keyboard chair.

When he spoke to me about what is was like to play keys behind Jerry he became visibly shaken. It was clear to me that Vince deeply mourned the loss of a friend and missed him very much just like so many of us surely do. I, like many other Deadheads, was dissapointed when the rest of the band chose to diss him by not inviting him to The Grateful Dead Family Reunion held at Alpine Valley in 2002.

My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and close friends. I am grateful he was there to help the band continue their long strange trip into the 90's.

So Many Roads to Ease My Soul.........Fare Thee Well, Vince. Thanks for the good times and music you shared with so many of us. May the four winds blow you safely home.

Terrapintom

[Edited on 6/3/2006 by Terrapintom]


toovakynd - 6/3/2006 at 10:14 PM

What a loss. I thought he added so much to the Grateful Dead. His renditions of Baba O'Reilly/Tomorrow Never Knows were fantastic, and his originals were awesome.
It's a long way to go home, Vince. May the four winds blow you safely there....


Purplerocks - 6/4/2006 at 12:00 AM

RIP Vince.
I saw him open for the Blue Floyd guys when they were touring "Beatlejam" a few years ago. He was great that night.


KnownRider - 6/4/2006 at 03:43 AM

Very sad. R.I.P. Vince.


jersey_devil - 6/4/2006 at 03:49 AM

Check out the comments from his webmaster on his web site.

www.vincewelnick.com

[Edited on 6/4/2006 by jersey_devil]


TRMGDEAD - 6/4/2006 at 04:54 AM

Thank you Vince for the wonderful memories you have given me and countless others. Without you and your friends I would have never discovered the wonderful things that music can do.....may you rest in peace. Say hello to my father and other relatives and friends while you are up there in the grand stars of the heavens, I cannot think of my own words so I will leave you with this........


May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you:
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.







KRUSTY - 6/4/2006 at 07:53 AM

From vincewelnick.com


Vince Welnick is gone. He was the sweetest human I have ever known. Kind, generous, funny and warm hearted. He was my friend. He was talented, so **** ing talented. I was lucky to know him. So, damned lucky to know him and Lori. God bless you, Lori. I'm so, so sorry.

Vince never got over the cruel way that the Grateful Dead band members treated him after Jerry died. He never got over the sorrow of losing Jerry, facing his own demons without his friend and could not understand how the remaining fellow band-members treated him like **** the past several years.

I cannot possibly describe to you the hurt and anguish he felt when "The Dead" decided to have a "Family Reunion of the SURVIVING MEMBERS" of Grateful Dead, a band that he was no mere sideman for its last five years, but a full member of by order of Jerry Garcia. How damned insulting was it to have a "surviving members family reunion" and not invite your new brother? He was the proverbial red-headed step-child to them. Did it occur to you how that hurt him, Bill, Bob, Phil, Mickey? The truth is that you selfish bastards did not care if it hurt him. He's a big boy, he just had to get over it, right?

I remember seeing Todd Rundgen at the "Walk Down Abbey Road" show in Concord, CA around the same time when that "Family Reunion" was booked. He asked how Vince was, and I told him about this "family reunion" concert of SURVIVING MEMBERS and how Vince was specifically not invited, but in fact was playing a gig at a campground not far from the show. Todd said, "Uh, Vince isn't dead, isn't he a surviving member?" He got the irony. I got the irony, but I also saw the hurt like none of you can believe. Vince kept a brave face about it, trying to remain cheerful, hoping that somehow, someday the tide would turn, the phone would ring and it would be Bob Weir calling him. Calling just to say, "How are you, Vinny?" Something. Anything.

I am certain that Jerry would have been completely disgusted with the terrible, cruel and despicable way that Vince was treated by the band, the management, etc. following his death. The lack of compassion displayed toward him, the ostracizing he felt burned and hurt Vince very deeply. He was a sensitive, sweet soul. He just couldn't handle the rejection. He and I spent hours and hours talking about these things, trying to get the demons out, which led to him pouring out his heart when that show happened, right on this website.

I told Vince to get his story out, tell everybody what happened on that Ratdog bus, tell them everything. Tell them how Bob and Ratdog sent him, having overdosed on the tour bus, to a hospital alone in the back of a taxi cab, without a friend in site, and had him checked in as John Doe, while they played the show anyway. Tell them, Vince how you were despondent over facing life-threatening cancer, a simultaneous diagnosis of Emphysema, and instead of staying home to try to heal and get immediate surgery, how you chose to give the fans the ill-fated summer 95 Dead tour. Tell them how nobody in the band even acknowledged, though they damned well knew, that Vince was very sick.

Tell them Vince, I said, how you didn't want to let the fans and the band down, and how eery it was on the tour knowing all these people who were your "friends" never asked how you were while on the road or even stepped aside with you to acknowledge that struggle you were facing. Tell everyone, Vince, how when you returned from the road, and Jerry was dead, how you were flung into the hell of depression facing lung disease, cancer and now your friend dying, and how you saw your world crash around you ever more when months later the band unceremoniously announced it was over. Tell them Vince, tell everyone and get the demons out.

Even more amazing than the band being cold to him, I could never understand why so-called "dead heads" and "fans" spent hours coming into this site and **** ing with Vince, taunting him, posting evil, nasty lies about him. I finally had to turn this into a registration-only website to help shield my friend from the cruelness that some people took sport in on the message boards. Vince could take a joke, he could take a lot, but he finally couldn't take any more.

I had long, heart to heart talks with him for months before he told some of that story to you here, though not even close to all that detail. Vince didn't want to hurt the other guys, he just **** ing wanted to play with them.

Do you hear me, Phil? Do you hear me, Mickey? Do you hear me, Bobby? Do you hear me, Bill? That's all he **** ing wanted, was to play music with you guys. He loved you and you **** ing treated him like **** . To see your "heartfelt" message on Dead.net today sickens me to no end, you **** ing bunch of lying hypocrites. There is nothing left to hold back on now. Is it so hard to return the man's phone calls? Is it so hard to understand what he went through back then and how far he had come since that dreadful night on that Ratdog bus? Where is the love? Where is the compassion? Hippy love? Bull-fucking-shit. You guys could have been nice to him, invited him along, not made him feel like an ass and like he was bugging you if he called. Are you happy, Cameron? Are you? Go **** yourself.


EddieP - 6/4/2006 at 03:25 PM


.....Continued thoughts for Vince...he deserved better.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/06/04/ap/entertainment/mainD8I146IG0.sh tml







[Edited on 6/4/2006 by EddieP]


UNCLEJON75 - 6/4/2006 at 07:31 PM

bump


CowboyNeil - 6/4/2006 at 11:58 PM

Sorry to hear of Vince's passing.

My brother plays drums for a dead cover band called The Noodles in Phoenix and I guess Vince would sit in with them when he was in town. Told me he was a real nice guy.

Vince played with some great players, The Tubes,Tod Rudgren, The GD, not a bad run.

My condolences to his family and friends.

A Long, long ,long way............to go home.


yankweed1 - 6/5/2006 at 03:17 AM

rip vince....it seems you don't want to be the keyboardest in the dead.......


abbev - 6/5/2006 at 04:44 AM

i thought he sucked as the deads keybordist. i think the GD made a big mistake hiring him after brent died and they all new it. don't know much about his personal life but did'nt care for him as a musician.


TRMGDEAD - 6/5/2006 at 11:51 AM

Quote...."i thought he sucked as the deads keybordist. i think the GD made a big mistake hiring him after brent died and they all new it. don't know much about his personal life but did'nt care for him as a musician." Nice thing to say after the man died. Being a keyboardist in that band had to be hard and could you have done any better? I don't think so. I think that you suck as a writer considering you cannot even do it correctly. For example, "i."


CowboyNeil - 6/5/2006 at 03:43 PM

Your opinion on Vince's playing in The GD is valid as anyone's else around here but the man just passed away.Class act !


ThePeteMan - 6/5/2006 at 05:19 PM

I never followed or knew about any of the controversial stuff regarding the way the members of the GD treated Vince. But man, if half of what Vince's webmaster posted is true, that is just sad sad sad. It's hard to understand why anynone would treat a fellow human being with that kind of disregard, let alone a bandmate, a brother of the road, and a musical compadre. I don't wanna speak out of turn since I'm not enough of a Deadhead to know the lowdown on any of this, but it sure is disturbing to read.

Sounds like Brother Vince was a sensitive soul and a good man with some demons. May his family and friends find peace and strength in this troubled time. Safe passage, Vince.


nitelite51 - 6/5/2006 at 05:47 PM

Further proof that the Grateful Dead was Jerry Garcia. The remaining members are squabbling, backbiting, marginally skilled musicians who, if they hadn't been lucky enough to meet Garcia and be in the hippie scene at an opportune moment, would be playing Holiday Inns. Garcia leaves his guitars to Doug Irwin (who built them) in his will. Irwin is seriously ill. So what do the others do to honor Garcia's dying wish? They block the bequest of the guitars on the basis that they were purchased by Grateful Dead money and not Garcai money, force a sale and take half the money. I read a Rolling Stone interview with Sting and he talked about the Police touring with the Dead. The interviewer asked him what he took away from that experience and he said, "I learned what a wonderful musician Jerry Garcia was". I saw around 30 Dead shows and I always cringed whenever Weir took the mike, trying to force his rock-star persona across, struggling and failing to achieve that which came so naturally, effortlessly and gracefully to Garcia. I will never engage in any activity which puts a nickel in the pockets of Lesh, Weir, Kreutzmann or Hart.


TRMGDEAD - 6/5/2006 at 06:20 PM

Quote..."The remaining members are squabbling, backbiting, marginally skilled musicians who, if they hadn't been lucky enough to meet Garcia and be in the hippie scene at an opportune moment, would be playing Holiday Inns."

Personally, I wouldn't call them marginal musicians (especially Lesh and Kreutzmann) but I must say that if any of this is true about Vince and them then I have a newfound disrespect for the surviving memebers of the band.


jim - 6/5/2006 at 06:29 PM

They are human and don't always live up to our expectations of what we think they should be. The members of the GD are just like you and me, no different, just a different occupation. Sometimes it ain't one big happy family.


TRMGDEAD - 6/5/2006 at 06:34 PM

True but they don't need to be a$$holes either


jim - 6/5/2006 at 06:53 PM

quote:
True but they don't need to be a$$holes either


sometimes that is how humans behave, even Garcia.


nitelite51 - 6/5/2006 at 06:57 PM

quote:
quote:
True but they don't need to be a$$holes either


sometimes that is how humans behave, even Garcia.


yes, and when humans behave like that, they deserve to be called on it.


sheep - 6/5/2006 at 07:10 PM

FWIW, Phil was always for Irwin getting the guitars. It was one of the major issues in the ongoing saga of Phil vs GDP. Phil was also the hold out on how they wanted to digitize their vault. He was the one, not as interested in maximizing profits.

In Bob's defense, he's the one that wanted to keep the GDP folks on the books. Somehow keep that organization alive and trying to find ways to keep it afloat financially.

I don't know if it is possible for any organization that's been around as long, in the entertainment industry, not to be free of soap opera drama. That said, they are quite a dysfunctional family.


jim - 6/5/2006 at 07:16 PM

Its weird, we as fans, have great memories of the music and fun we had with friends, then we try to project that on to the band. They gave us all fond memories, but they also left paths of destruction in their wake. Same with the ABB. I don't think we should look at them as people incapable of acting selfishly, like **** s, or whatever else.

Anyone read Garcia by Blair Jackson? It gives interesting insight into the band. Doesn't paint a utopian society to say the least.


nitelite51 - 6/5/2006 at 07:35 PM

quote: I don't think we should look at them as people incapable of acting selfishly, like **** s, or whatever else.

Agreed, and that's exactly what we are doing here, discussing the flaws.


ThePeteMan - 6/5/2006 at 07:49 PM

I've seen and been in on my share of turmoil and dysfunction in my life, as we all have. We all do things we would take back later, when we are more clear-eyed. And we are all capable at times of hurting others without really meaning to.

But not everyone is capable of cutting people out of your life because those people are difficult in some way. If they didn't want to work with Vince Welnick anymore, but as individuals found the time to stay in touch, make sure he was OK, etc. then that's a perfectly defensible thing -- maybe even best for Vince. But when you cut someone out of your life, that's an intense and heavy duty thing to do, and all I can say is, you will have those actions in your mind when you are on your own death bed.

In short: Nobody's perfect -- but not everyone is cold-blooded.


abbev - 6/6/2006 at 01:14 AM

does anyone remember john paul jones? what was that band again? btw my opinion on vince as a musician (with the GD) was the same while he was alive.i actually went to fewer shows in 92-95 b/c the band was never the same (quality) after brent died. don't get too worked up trmgdead. you're right, i can't type,i can be an a-hole, i also gamble too much, drink too much, smoke weed and have way too many shortcommings to mention. love me or hate me. i don't care.


mrsyankweed - 6/6/2006 at 01:43 AM

rip vince
sorry to hear the news
been a dead head for a long time


TRMGDEAD - 6/6/2006 at 02:45 AM

I think that Deadheads that didn't listen to the band as much during Vince's time behind the keys missed out on some incredible performances by the band not to mention the great soundboards available from that time (As I always state on here....check out 6/22/92 from Starlake Amphitheater to see how well Vince could play. He is awesome on Spanish Jam, GDTRFB, and especially Around and Around ). Jerry seemed cleaner during most of 1991-1993 and Vince was probably a big part of this. Remember that both Keith and Brent used heroin and other drugs and it was very evident in the playing from both of them at shows. Brent was notorious for coming in at the wrong time while singing and Keith seemed to be playing a different song completely at times. I love them all but they certainly weren't without imperfections. I think that if Hornsby wanted the gig it was his but he didn't so they needed someone else instead and it was Vince's job for the taking. I can't say I am a huge fan of his songs but they beat the hell out of Dancin in the Streets, Dayjob, Johhny B. Goode, Days Between, or countless other songs that became bland over time. A Grateful Dead with Vince is better any day than no Grateful Dead at all!!!!!! R.I.P. Vince


tommars - 6/6/2006 at 03:08 AM

I'm saddened by Vince's passing. I caught a few Brent shows when I was in High school but I didn't really get the Dead until the Vince era so I will always remember him in that way. I don't understand the finger pointing going around on the web towards the Dead and Bob Weir. If I had a falling out with someone I worked with 10 years ago and then they died , would people start bad mouthing me ?

I love the Dead and still listen to them quite alot. I passed on Phil since Warren and Jimmy left but Rat Dog was a pleasant surprise for me at the beacon. However I'm really done with Dead heads throwing their 2 cents into everything. I know that's what these websites are all about in a way and it can be fun but some of the debates among Dead Heads are just so stupid. When trump introduced Weir at the beacon ,there were threads before the show was even over about how Bobby shouldn't hang out with a capitalist like trump........... What the F ????

[Edited on 6/6/2006 by tommars]


TRMGDEAD - 6/6/2006 at 12:25 PM

Quote..."When trump introduced Weir at the beacon ,there were threads before the show was even over about how Bobby shouldn't hang out with a capitalist like trump........... What the F ????"

They were probably jealous because he can afford all of the Dick's Picks Whether Heads like it or not, this band has been a corporate institution for a long time now


abbev - 6/6/2006 at 01:44 PM

the utopian peace and love movement that many deadheads tried to keep alive through the 90's was all b.s. i was disgusted by the tour rats who couldn't or wouldn't hold a job and would bum gas $ and look for miracles then crash the gate. life con the inside was'nt much different.after reading many books on the dead it's apparent that the communal haight ashbury lifesyle had disolved when the dead moved to marin co. they had a huge fallout with the abb which involved sound equipment and hell's angels, people banging other peoples wives, people swindling $ inside the "family" i was actully disgusted after watching vh1 behind the music on garcia and vince was quick to point out how jerry had a drug addiction.although obvious to just about everyone he prolly could of withheld that info from mainstream america. i had been to about 100 shows, have had hundreds of tapes and love theGD as a band.humanity does have a dark side and this band was only human. if you get confused just listen to the music play. how profound!

[Edited on 6/6/2006 by abbev]


abbev - 6/6/2006 at 01:52 PM

quote:
I think that Deadheads that didn't listen to the band as much during Vince's time behind the keys missed out on some incredible performances by the band not to mention the great soundboards available(


i listened i just preferred the 71-90 era. the magical nights were few and far between but there were some outstanding shows with vince. i totally agree with you trmdead on starlake amp a night the band was "on"


TRMGDEAD - 6/6/2006 at 02:23 PM

Quote..."i totally agree with you trmdead on starlake amp a night the band was "on""

It is amazing how many heads out there have never heard this show. I'll put it up there with any show from the 90s including Shoreline and MSG shows


musicfreak45 - 6/6/2006 at 08:12 PM

is there a curse on the spot of being the keyboard player ?

Vince is the fourth keyboard player of Grateful Dead who died ......


BigDaveOnBass - 6/6/2006 at 08:15 PM

quote:
is there a curse on the spot of being the keyboard player ?

Vince is the fourth keyboard player of Grateful Dead who died ......
Probably no worse than the curse of the ABB bass player....


curry - 6/6/2006 at 10:43 PM

So sad, particularly as he was not that old... I feel bad for his family.

I saw the Grateful Dead play with Pigpen, Kieth, Brent and Vince... they all brought their unique speciality to this beautiful band - I never got tired of hearing them play. Grateful for all their recordings - they live on.


TRMGDEAD - 6/7/2006 at 01:31 PM

It seems that there is some truth to the words of Vince's webmaster. Please read Steve Kimock's statement below:

SAD DAY

I have good days and bad days. This is not one of my better days. My sense of loss, grief and confusion have been building slowly since Ramrod passed, and now with the news of Vince's utterly tragic departure from this world, I am charged with the personal reflection and comparison of the loss of these two friends and brothers.


I can't say enough good about Ramrod. Never will. Never could. In the brief time I had to work closely with him, his stability, determination, patience, strength, and capability completely changed my view of how a man could relate to his work and life by virtue of his character.

In my heart, I know that my friend Ramrod was at peace with his death,
As he was one with this world in his life.
Scatter the ashes and turn the page.
We will love and miss you forever.
Thanks man.

I don't think Vince moved as easily through this world or into the next as Ramrod did. We had some great times, great gigs, and I learned more about harmony from Vince playing his music than I ever learned anywhere else. But through it all, he was possessed of a nervous, lonely energy that always seemed to be on the verge of teetering out of control.

I loved and respected Vince, and reached out to him when he needed energy I thought I could provide. It wasn't enough. He needed more people to reach out to him. In more meaningful ways. He was important and special and fragile and somehow, I feel we failed him.

Look around you, look at this world. See the beauty in it. Now take responsibility for the darkness that we all feel when we turn our heads from our heroes and our friends, when we turn our backs on injustice and let that pain force us inside ourselves.

We all know people who are as important, special and fragile as Vince. Please reach out, please love, and ask nothing in return.

Lets not lose any more friends behind "too little too late."

Thanks for letting me get this off my chest.

Better days ahead. Keep the faith.

Love, Deeply,
Steve Kimock


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