vendredi 16 février 2018

Décès de Billy Johnson, ex-batteur de Reggie And The Full Effect

Triste nouvelle, le batteur fondateur de Reggie And The Full Effect (et frappeur pour Rocket Fuel Is The Key, Shots Fired et Onward Christian Glover) est décédé dans la nuit du 13 février dernier. Billy Johnson avait quitté le groupe en 2014 suite à une blessure à l'épaule qui l'empêchait de jouer de son instrument sans douleur. Déclaration du frontman James Dewees à lire après le saut.

I don’t even know how to write this. This evening I got the news that last night Billy Johnson passed away. Billy was a huge part of reggie and the full effect for a very long time. He was the drummer on last stop crappy town and no country for old musicians. Beside being with me on stage from the “songs to not get married to” tour, all the way until the last shows of the no country tour. I’ve known him for over 20 years. He snuck me and jes from coalesce into our first bar in 1996 to watch rocket fuel is the key play. He was one of the most amazing people on planet earth and one of my favorite people to be around.

Besides being an amazing drummer he was also an amazing friend. He was the guy you could always count on, the guy who when things didn’t work figured out a way and made them work. Always in a great mood, always ready for an adventure with me. And believe me, billy and I have had some amazing adventures. My heart goes out to his wife and his family and also to the Kansas City music scene. Without billy I can promise you that reggie wouldn’t be what it is today. And a lot of the KC music scene wouldn’t be the same. ( he played in more bands than me!) He was such a big part of my life and career. I will miss him soooooo much. Billy thank you for everything! I love you. I hope wherever you are there’s a party and then an after party at your place then another afterparty at my place. Then metal marks house….this is a photo from riot fest, it was the first reggie show back after the hiatus.

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