Famous musician Col. Bruce Hampton, a legendary Jam band icon, died on stage during the final moments of a benefit concert honoring his 70th birthday at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta last night.
The event, held in his honor, quickly turned tragic as his song ““Turn On Your Lovelight” was nearing a conclusion. The band kept playing as if nothing happened. People assumed it was part of the performance!
His family has confirmed that he passed out and died on stage. The family stated, “After collapsing on stage surrounded by his friends, family, fans and the people he loved Col. Bruce Hampton has passed away. The family is asking for respect and privacy at this difficult time.”
This is horrible:
Many of Bruce’s musical friends and those he inspired gathered at the Fox on Monday for a benefit concert in honor of Hampton’s 70th birthday. John Popper, John Bell, Herring, Sipe, Jon Fishman, Duane Trucks, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Chuck Leavell and Warren Haynes were just a few of those who performed at the Fox. The concert featured over four hours of sensational performances and was just about to come to a conclusion when Bruce Hampton passed out. At first some of the musicians thought he was kidding around, but it soon became clear the situation was no joke.
Longtime collaborator, ARU member and concert participant Rev. Jeff Mosier posted the following on his public Facebook page, “He died at Crawford Long Hospital here in Atlanta just a while ago. I feel so blessed to have been there tonight and be a part of the greatest gathering of friends and loved ones. I’ve never seen Bruce happier. I’ve never been sadder. I’ve dreaded this day for years, but could have never imagined a more joyful departure. I feel so lost.”
Col. Bruce Hampton (Ret.), one of the world’s most inspiring musicians, was taken back to the Gods while on stage. https://t.co/AFyyJEokxV
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) May 2, 2017
— billboard (@billboard) May 2, 2017
Let us pray for Hampton’s family during this difficult time. Rest in peace.