Grateful Dead cover band Dark Star Orchestra keyboardist and founding member, Scott Larned, passed away of heart failure this past Sunday, April 24. He was 26. The band has cancelled its upcoming tour dates to grieve and regroup. There is no word yet on the fate of the band.
Dark Star Orchestra is a Grateful Dead tribute band in the fullest sense of the word. They pick a single show out of the Dead’s 30 year touring history and recreate it song for song. It is a complete recreation of a particular show, down to microphone setup, equipment and sound. The actual date of the show is not announced until the encore, allowing audience member to shout out guesses throughout. Larned founded the band with guitarist John Kadlecik in 1997.
For fans, it is an ironic tragedy. The Grateful Dead’s own keyboardist seat was a bit of a hot one. Since 1965 they employed five different keyboardist, three of which died tragically.
The band’s Web site has this to say about this tragic event:
“Scott was a leader, co-founder and, for years, the band’s manager helping guide this thing through some tricky waters in the early goings. His swirling Hammond organ and glassy piano trills captured the eighties-era sound backed up by a most effective growling Mydland-esque voice. He will be missed both on and off the stage.”
A Memorial Gathering is scheduled for April 30th at 8 pm at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago. The family asks that donations be made in his name to either the American Heart Foundation or the REX Foundation.Powered by Sidelines