Though I hate sharing bad news with the readership, I am afraid that I am tasked with bringing up the sad truth that the legendary bassist Tim Bogert has passed away. I saw the news circulating across the Facebook Pages of his former bandmates and a statement from Carmine Appice follows the image.
From Carmine Appice: My true friend Tim Bogert died today. He was like a brother to me. He was my friend for over 50 years. Tim was a one of a kind bass player. He inspired many, many bass players worldwide. He was as masterful at shredding as he was holding down a groove, and Tim introduced a new level of virtuosity into rock bass playing. No one played like Tim. He created bass solos that drove audiences to a frenzy every time he played one. And he played a different solo every night. He was the last of the legendary 60’s bass players. Tim was a very intelligent person. So intelligent that we would call him “Spock”. You could ask him anything and he would know something about it. I loved Tim like a brother. He will be missed very much in my life. I will miss calling him, cracking jokes together, talking music and remembering the great times we had together, and how we created kick-ass music together. Perhaps the only good thing about knowing someone close to you is suffering a serious illness, is you have an opportunity to tell them that you love them, and why you love them. I did that, a lot. I was touched to hear it said back to me. Nothing was left unsaid between us and I’m grateful for that. I highly recommend it. Rest in peace, my partner. I love you. See you on the other side.
Bogert stepped back from the live music scene about a decade or so ago and find his music delivered going forward by Pete Bremy in both Vanilla Fudge and in Cactus for a time. Tim was battling cancer for a number of years and was 76 years old at the time of his passing. On behalf of the Media Command HQ we wish Tim’s family the deepest of condolences on his passing. Thank you Tim for such powerful notes. I wish I had been able to see you live in concert more than I had gotten to. Your melodies will live on forever on numerous records and you will forever remain an inspiration to anyone who decides to make the bass their instrument. May you Rest In Peace.
The Press Release:
Golden Robot Records are extremely proud to announce the signing of the legendary Vanilla Fudge. To celebrate this announcement, Vanilla Fudge will drop a remastered version of their cover of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song on 22 September.
“Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin is one of the monster tracks of all time. How do you top that? Well, you can’t but we decided to just have fun with it. I came up with this On Green Dolphin Street kinda chord progression as the intro on the synth with a heavy-duty brass sound that worked pretty well. The guys fell into it right quick and it rocks the house. Carmine did a great job with the drum track and Tim and Vince killed it. I did the vocals in Florida and sent it back to Carmine in Los Angeles and he mixed it. Hope you dig it.”
The Details: Vanilla Fudge is one of the legendary names in Rock and Roll history and were truly innovators of sound from the very beginning. They were most commonly known as being the band that took songs that were already popular and known and morphing them into wild Psychedelic renditions that twisted and took you to a different space in your music appreciating mind. Formed in 1966 by Mark Stein, Vince Martell, Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice, the band released five albums in full before disbanding. They’ve been back to a full scale reunion charge for the past few years and I am happy to report that in the 2015 ever changing music geography of the world that the band still performs with three of its original four members. Bassist Pete Bremy has been handling their music with skill for the last few years. Their latest album was released back in March and it was their first in several years; entitled “The Spirit Of 67” its classics you might know but have never heard done in the fashion that The Fudge offers up. and they will surely be playing tunes from this album at the show. That said I am psyched to be offering my PiercingMetal readers the chance to see this incredible band for free thanks to the fine folks at B.B. King Blues Club where they will be performing once again. Read more on how to participate below.